Does acupuncture hurt?
For most people, acupuncture causes minimal to no pain. The needles used are very fine. A patient may feel a slight prick similar to a mosquito bite when the needle is first inserted. At times, a tingling, dull ache or warm sensation may be experienced at the point where the needle is inserted. This is the desired effect and should not be uncomfortable. Often, during acupuncture the treatment a patient feels so relaxed that he will fall asleep.
Is it safe?
When administered by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. Licensed Acupuncturists in Illinois are trained and certified in Clean Needle Technique, which requires the adherence to strict safety guidelines, such as the use of sterile disposable needles to minimize the risk of infection.
How many treatments will I need and how often will I need them?
The number of acupuncture treatments needed varies from person to person. Some people experience significant improvement after one or two treatment, while others may take weeks or months to achieve lasting results. Chronic conditions generally take longer to resolve than acute ones, and the longer the patient has had a condition, the longer it usually takes to resolve. Other factors that influence the number of treatments needed include the severity of the problem and the patient lifestyle, overall health, and constitution. The doctor may suggest one or two treatments a week during the initial phase of treatment, and then less frequent treatments as the condition improve.