Acupuncture needles are very fine, and when the needle is inserted the sensation is often a tingling or dull ache, it is rarely described as painful; and with most patients the sensation is felt once the needle reaches the channel of energy or Qi.
Needles may be inserted and immediately removed, or may be left in place for 20 minutes or so, depending on the effect required.
During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.
It is helpful to wear loose, comfortable clothing for your treatment and you should be aware that your acupuncturist may need access to points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.
Generally, expect to have weekly treatments – possibly more frequently if your condition is acute. As your condition improves you will come less frequently. The speed of improvement varies according to the person rather than the complaint, and your acupuncturist will review progress with you after 4-5 weeks.