Myth: Acupuncture is painful

Acupuncture has originated in China more than 2000 years ago. It is believed that acupuncture first appeared in the Stone Age, when sharp edged tools first appeared. From Chinese character ‘Bian’  – ‘Bi’-means disease or a pain, when the character ‘Bian’ means ‘ the use of sharp edged stone to treat disease’. So that acupuncture tends to treat problems causing pain.

Often, patients are asking if acupuncture needles hurt.  In fact, acupuncture needles are made of stainless still. They might be in different sizes and gauges but they all are sterile and for single use. In the ancient time, needles were disinfected and re-used later, but this is not the case nowadays.

Having acupuncture for the first time can be challenging. Patients report different sensations like tingling, dull-ache, some electric sensations that disappear very quickly. Pain should not be present, so if the patient reports a pain in a certain point, the needle is withdrawn immediately.  Acupuncture works well for muscle pain, so the needling around painful area can be uncomfortable, but after needles removed, muscle are released and the pain becomes better or disappears completely.

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