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Do acupuncture needles hurt?

I asked a number of my patients this question, just to see what they would say, and here are some of their actual answers….

“Nope. I tell people I can usually feel the energy, but I can’t feel the needle. And that comes from someone who is terrified of needles.”

“It feels like someone is lightly flicking you, like a tapping on your skin.”

“No. I feel them, but they don’t hurt, except for the ones she warns you about, like the ones on your toes. But no, they don’t hurt. You feel them, but it’s not like a pain or a pinch. You feel them working!”

“I associate healing with them so much that when I feel more sensation I feel that it’s an even more potent treatment!”

“No. I always tell them it’s a little pinch, not even a mosquito bite type hurt.”

“No…unless it’s between the toes! What does it feel like? It’s so light…it doesn’t feel like a needle going in. You don’t even feel discomfort.”

And here are a couple of other commonly asked questions…

Are acupuncture needles sterilized?

Yes, all the needles are pre-packaged, sterilized, used once on you and thrown away.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

No. Many people come to believe in it, even if they do not understand it, after they see it work.

Wishing you all the best,