Acupuncture needles bear no resemblance to the hypodermic needles used for blood tests and injections in hospitals. They are fine and when inserted, the sensation is often described as a temporary tingling or dull ache. Other sensations such as ‘tugging’ or ‘pulling’ have been described as the patient’s energy begins to rebalance. Needles are inserted for a few seconds or left in place for up to 20-30 minutes, depending on the effect required.
During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in their limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. If it is possible, it is good to rest for a couple of hours after treatment and avoid doing anything stressful or taxing.