Visiting an acupuncture practitioner

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are so fine that many people feel nothing during the insertion. People often describe the overall sensation as a tingling or a mild ache in the muscles. The tingling sensation is thought to be the redirection of the qi.

Many people say that during the treatment they feel extremely relaxed. This calm, relaxed feeling can continue long after the needles are removed.

What to expect

If you choose to have treatment, you will have an initial consultation with the practitioner. This is where you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms, your concerns and why you are seeking acupuncture.

The acupuncturist will ask you about your medical history, your diet and general well-being. It is important to tell the practitioner if you are pregnant, epileptic or have any conditions that affect the blood.

They may look at your tongue, take your pulse and feel for any muscle tension or pain. Depending on what your symptoms are, they will devise a course of acupuncture treatment suited to you. The course of the treatment will depend on your symptoms.

The acupuncturist may choose a selection of acupuncture points throughout the course. Depending on your treatment, this could include inserting up to 12 needles. They may insert each needle to immediately remove it, or they may leave the needles in place for 10 to 20 minutes.

The cost of treatment will vary. There are however many options to suit all budgets and lifestyles such as one-to-one consultations and multi-bed clinics.