A:While some techniques can be a bit more painful than others, most patients feel little or no discomfort during the treatment. Acupuncture needles are solid filiform, slightly thicker than the hair on your head, needles that are very small. Also, acupuncture needles are not hollow like hypodermic needles, so the process is much less painful than getting an injection at the doctor’s office. See the difference below.
Acupuncture has been used in China and other parts of Eastern Asia for thousands of years and is one of the most central treatment tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other treatment techniques that may be used during your treatment include: Tui Na, which is Chinese massage focusing on specific acupressure points; Cupping, in which suction cups are placed on the skin, pulling up the skin and fascia to facilitate the body’s natural detoxification and circulation processes; and Moxibustion which involves the burning of a stick of mugwort near the skin to bring warmth and circulation to injured or painful areas. Chinese Medicine also includes the prescription of various herbs blended to address your specific health issues.
For a great overview of how acupuncture works, watch the video below.
– Allergies (perennial & seasonal)
– Chemotherapy-induced nausea
– Chronic low back pain
– Headaches and Migraines
– Knee pain
– Post-operative pain
– Menopausal symptoms
– Restless Leg Syndrome
For more information on this study, see
The Acupuncture Evidence
This NIH article explains how acupuncture elicits some of its effects
Growth Control Theory of Acupuncture