When people try acupuncture
for the first time, they're typically surprised by how much it doesn't
But if a person does feel any pain or discomfort, it usually happens while the acupuncturist is "manipulating" the needles which involves twisting or tapping the needle for a few seconds until there is a mild ache in the area. Other than that, there can also be a pricking sensation when the needle is inserted, but people usually feel very little. What do you think? Have you found acupuncture to be painful?
Poll: Do you think acupuncture hurts?
It hurts a lot.
It hurts a little bit.
It doesn't hurt.
It doesn't hurt and it's relaxing.
Keep in mind though that what a person feels during acupuncture depends on many factors, such as the needle location (for example, the back of the hand is more sensitive than the low back), the condition being treated, and the technique of the acupuncturist.