Have you ever wondered whether acupuncture hurts? Are you considering getting an acupuncture treatment, but is fearful that it may cause so much pain? Well, people always ask these questions before trying to get an acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles in certain acupoints in the body to release the energy flow and promote better wellness. These acupoints are the areas where the “chi” or energy flow become trapped resulting in various ailments and illnesses. When the “chi” is released using acupuncture, there is a better feeling of well-being and relief of some symptoms. While it may involve the use of needles, the large pointed equipment is usually thin enough not to cause so much pain when they are inserted. People who try acupuncture for the first time are usually surprised that it doesn’t hurt at all. Nevertheless, there are still some who would say that it may be uncomfortable a bit, but does not go to the point of being painful.

So where does the pain come from? If you feel pain or discomfit during acupuncture, it is during the manipulation of the needles. The acupuncturist may be inserting the needle or tapping the needle into the skin. However, the pain may only be present for a few seconds and disappears like nothing happened. Most people who0 have tried acupuncture describe the treatment as not painful at all. So if you are thinking about experiencing pain during the treatment, first hand experiences tell you it’s not painful.

Where does the discomfort come from?
Some people feel pain during acupuncture, but it is not painful enough to stop the procedure. There may be a slight sting as the needles are inserted, but once the needles are in place, you will only feel a sense of relaxation and well-being.

The pain you may experience may also depend on the location of the insertion. For instance, inserting needles at the back of the hand may be more uncomfortable than having the needles inserted at the lower back because there are lesser nerve endings in the lower back than in the hands. Considering this fact, acupuncturists know where to insert the needles in order not to cause pain to the patients.

Another factor that may affect the feeling of discomfort during acupuncture is the overall condition of the patient. Those who come for acupuncture treatments for health promotion purposes may even suggest that acupuncture is very relaxing. On the other hand, those who might be experiencing chronic pain may feel some sense of a sting as the needles are inserted.

How does the hurt feel like in general?
Well, to help you prepare for your first acupuncture therapy, it is best to know what it feels like when the needles are inserted. On meaty areas in the body such as the back, there is relatively no pain at all based on the experiences of various clients. However, in areas where there are fewer muscles, the pain may be felt as a sharp ache, but it usually disappears as fast as lighting. It is due to this that pain in acupuncture is not really referred to as pain, but a “discomfort” because you won’t be shouting in pain when the needles are inserted.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years beginning in the Chinese medicine. So if it really hurts a lot, there should be fewer people seeking acupuncture treatments, which is exactly the opposite. If you are considering acupuncture, visit a certified acupuncturist to start promoting health and well-being.