Q/A Does Acupuncture Hurt?

This is a question we get a lot here at DaoCloud. What you need to know is for some people, acupuncture does hurt and for other people, acupuncture does not hurt.

Why Acupuncture is Not Painful

There are two main reasons why acupuncture is not painful:

  1. Needles: The needles are not the same type used during vaccines. The needles used are small, sharp, and made of stainless steel.

  2. Education: Acupuncturists are highly qualified and each needle is placed with great knowledge and experience.

4 Sensations of an Acupuncture Session

Hurt is an interesting word. What you may experience and define as ‘hurt’ may be a mix of the following sensations often experienced during an acupuncture session:

  1. Warmth: Feelings of warmth starting in the areas where needles are inserted. Then a feeling that spreads throughout the body.

  1. Tingling: When needles are inserted and throughout a treatment session, tingling sensations are not uncommon as the needles stimulate qi and stimulate different parts of the nervous system.

  1. Heaviness: Feelings of heaviness have been reported by others who have tried acupuncture. This feeling is in most instances positive. It leads to people feeling relaxed. It is a sensation also that often leads to acupuncture participants falling asleep or a deep sense of calmness.

  1. Aching: Sometimes feelings of aching sensations can be felt. This is to not be confused with pain. Feelings of aching should be momentary. If such feelings continue, it is important to understand the answer to the question: What does it mean when acupuncture hurts?

What Does it Mean When Acupuncture hurts?

Each person’s body is different. If you are experiencing pain during an acupuncture session— if it hurts, what does it mean? What should you do? Here a few steps to follow and keep in mind:

  1. Identify: Identify what you are feeling as pain.

  2. Communicate: Communicate to the acupuncturist about what you are feeling. It may be that the placement of the needle is off.

  3. Expect: Expect the acupuncturist to hear your concern and more and or insert a new needle in the acupuncture point.

  4. Evaluate: Evaluate whether or not the new placed needle feels any better. If not, you may be sensitive in that area.

  5. Do: Do ask that a needle not be placed in that acupuncture point if it continues to cause you pain. Remember each body and [a person is different. Listen and communicate about the signals your body is sending you.

References:

Acupuncture: In Depth. (2017, February 21). Retrieved April 2, 2019, from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction