As you can see from the comparison on the picture above, the acupuncture needles are extremely fine, therefore some patients feel little or nothing from the needle insertion. Others experience some mild discomfort when the needle is manipulated to achieve De Qi – the sensation that actually defines what the acupuncture point does. This discomfort is only brief and patients find that once the needles are in, it is a very calming, pleasant and relaxing experience.
So, the most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.
Always ensure that you get treatment from a qualified and registered practitioner so that you are certain that he or she is fully competent and well trained in the needling techniques to optimise your treatment experience.