That’s a loaded query. It is determined by a large number of things, together with physique space being needled, private ache thresholds, your hydration, in case you are well-rested, in case you are a lady and you might be experiencing PMS or in your cycle, and…psychology. Sure, psychology.
As practitioners at Whole Well being, we by no means underestimate the psychology concerned with needles and what the affected person might really feel. That’s, palms down, the primary issue as as to if a affected person feels discomfort throughout needling. Many sufferers might have had dangerous experiences with needles as a toddler that they carry with them into maturity, and others might have had dependancy points. There are as many elements as there are people. Subsequently, we by no means inform sufferers that Acupuncture doesn’t harm. In any case, we’re inserting a pointy, shiny metallic object into the physique.
Furthermore, many Western sufferers have by no means had acupuncture earlier than they usually might expertise quite a few utterly regular sensations related to what is named “De Qi,” even after the needles have been inserted. Listed here are some “De Qi” sensations which will happen throughout insertion and with retention:
Electrical shock ‘sensation’
Whereas many of those sensations might persist throughout remedy, lots of them start to dissipate promptly. If one feels a protracted burning or stinging throughout remedy, please let the practitioner know and the needle will probably be eliminated and/or reinserted.
Acupuncture needles are very totally different than those utilized in Western medication. As an illustration, Acupuncturists use filiform needles, that are skinny, versatile, and stable. That is very totally different than the hypodermic needles, that are lots thicker, rigid, and hole. 20 acupuncture needles can match into 1 standard hypodermic needle. Some examine the thickness of the acupuncture needles to a cat’s whisker. Right here is a photograph evaluating the size and thickness of the acupuncture needles:
Whether or not the needles harm or not can also be dependent upon elements comparable to: dimension of needles, physique space being needled, and the depth of insertion.
Dimension of needles:
Needles fluctuate in response to size and width (gauge). Majority are 1” needles.
Areas with extra tissue and muscle mass are usually much less delicate. Areas the place there’s much less tissue and muscle mass, like ft and palms, are usually extra delicate.
Depth of insertion:
Superficial insertion can typically be simply as delicate as deep insertion, so it relies upon.
For essentially the most half, acupuncture may be very mild and delicate, and when you might really feel some sensations, most of them are an meant elicitation of ‘de qi,’ versus ache. It needs to be famous that many individuals interact in lots of Western modalities which are way more painful than Acupuncture, comparable to: Botox, micro blading, tattoos, and many others
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