What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. When gently stimulated, the needles may produce a unique sensation that Traditional Chinese medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Long Does Each Treatment Last?

On average, treatments last about 45 minutes. This depends on several factors, including your personal preference for how long you want to relax with the needles. Some patients prefer shorter sessions, while others may go longer. 

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 6 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Because of the low cost per treatment, patients can better afford more frequent return visits. Treatments for general well-being and prevention may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. 

 

 

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