Now, the question you’ve been asking this whole time: does it hurt? I wish I could say that I have experienced this versatile treatment myself, but I have not. Kathleen Port from Los Angeles, California practices acupuncture. In this short video she walks you though exactly what to expect during a treatment.
Acupuncture needles are different from the needles which you receive your flu shot each year. Very fine, solid, hair-like needles are used for acupuncture; whereas thicker hollow needles are used in a doctor’s office. Hypodermic needles used at the doctor have cutting edges and are hallowed for injecting medicine, or for extracting blood.
Sometimes an electric or heat source is applied to the acupuncture needles to further accelerate the process.
WebMD points out that most people feel no pain, but rather a slight pressure. Sometimes people may feel an itch, numbness, or a tingling sensation. There are also few side effects associated with the practice including bruising, slight bleeding and soreness.
The needles used during treatment are sterilized and disposable, so the risk of infection during acupuncture is extremely low. Bottom line, acupuncture is a safe practice.