Acupuncture: Minimal Pain for Maximum Gain

Submitted by chris parker on August 16, 2012

Acupuncture is basically an old Chinese alternative medicinal practice of inserting superfine needles into specific and predetermined body points to improve one’s overall well being and health.


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Scientifically, it has been proven that acupuncture is known to be effective in providing relief from pain as well as vomiting and nausea that may follow from chemotherapy or any surgery. Acupuncture basically works on the pain-killing chemicals release mechanisms which in turn are also responsible in regulating the blood flow and pressure.

For those who are curious whether the process of acupuncture is painful, it is helpful to know that they may experience a slight amount of discomfort when the needle is first inserted into the skin as part of the process and even when the needle has travelled the required depth.

However this discomfort is temporary and will go away after a few seconds.

Typically, to be more specific, the pain or the discomfort felt during the initial insertion of the needle can be compared to the yanking of a strand of hair. Thereafter after insertion of the needle, the next part of the process will require the acupuncturist to ensure that the needle has reached the required depth depending on the point that needs to be stimulated. At this point, the individual may experience some amount of numbness or tingling or even a throbbing sensation.

It may also be useful to note that if the acupuncturist is skilled enough to insert the needles fast enough the patient may not even notice or experience any pain. However the likelihood of feeling a slight amount of pain is higher if the acupuncturist taps the needle slowly into the skin.

There have also been a few rare cases wherein the patient has experienced a sharp pain even once the needle has already been inserted into the skin, this can be corrected by removing the needle and then inserting it again into the skin a few millimeters away from the earlier point of insertion.

In conclusion, those who are considering acupuncture as a form of treatment should bear in mind that some parts of the body are more sensitive as compared to others such as the fingers, toes, soles of the feet, palms and so on which may result in a slight amount of pain.

Some people are also known to feel slightly sore during and after the treatment, however this pain is temporary and will settle down very quickly.

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