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Acupuncture Treatments

  • Dose acupuncture hurt?

    When people try acupuncture for the first time, they're typically surprised by how much it doesn't hurt. Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle (injection needle). There is very little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles.

    As the needle penetrates the skin that can be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for thirty to fifty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment. But if a person does feel any pain or discomfort, it usually happens while the acupuncturist is "manipulating" the needles that involves twisting or tapping the needle for a few seconds until there is a mild ache in the area which is essential for the treatment. Other than that, there barely can also be a pricking sensation when the needle is inserted, but people usually feel very little. It is common to experience soreness during and after an acupuncture treatment.

  • Are there any side effects to the treatment?

    Usually not, especially when compared to other forms of therapeutic treatments. The most common side effect is bruising at the needle sites due to penetrating through minute blood capillaries, and this happens much more common if the person has a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinner.

    The possible inconveniences experienced during or after acupuncture could be: There will continue to be a regular sensation of warmth, tenderness, and tingling when the acupuncture needles reach the acupoint or trigger point. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days before the recovery start, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state my be triggered, but it all depends on the condition the person has.

  • How many treatments are needed?

    The number of treatments needed differed from person to person. General speaking, for complex or long-standing conditions, two or three treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.

    The scope of Acupuncture is not only focus on the treatment of various conditions, but also promote health and well-beings and prevent illness.


  • Chun Li, LAc     All rights resrved     |     Tel: (585) 272-7340     |     Fax: (585) 272-0562     |    chunli@acupunctureroc.com