Most people’s experience of needles is of those used in injections or blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. Acupuncture needles are much finer and are made from solid stainless steel. When the needle is inserted the sensation experienced is often described as a tingling or dull, drawing ache. The sensation is generally acceptable and is often only experienced for a few seconds. Needles are generally left in place for 20-30 minutes. During this time clients sometimes experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. After treatment you will usually feel rather relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours and you are advised not to drive straight away.
Very occasionally there may be a short-term flare up of symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself. This is usually regarded as a good sign.
Member of the British Acupuncture Council.