What is Acupuncture, and how does it feel like?

Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique used to balance the flow of energy called Qi, which flows through meridians in your body. Single use, disposable, sterile needles are used, which are then disposed of in a biohazard waste container for removal by a regulated biohazard waste service.

Acupuncture removes energy blockages and balances your energy flow, thereby regulating and optimizing your emotional, mental, and physical health. You may experience sensations during a treatment. The experience varies according to your level of pain tolerance and overall sensitivity. The same person may experience different sensations at the same insertion point on different days.

For most people, the acupuncture needle causes little or no discomfort. When a needle is inserted to a point along a meridian, you may feel:

– a tingling, warm sensation

– a light pinch or a sting that lasts a couple of seconds at most

– a twitch response in the muscle

– a prickly feeling just like when your funny bone gets hit

– an electrical sensation – a string of energy flowing from one point to another point in your body

– itchiness

– a little tight in the area

– a mild dull ache


All the above sensations are normal. Feel free to let your acupuncturist know if you experience any of these sensations during the treatment. Your acupuncturist will be more than happy to give you insights as to why it happened or to address your concerns.

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