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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically. My patients leave their appointments having learned something about how to carry that feeling of relaxation out of the treatment room and into the rest of their lives.

Acupuncture treatment promotes deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, and you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. My goal is for my patients to learn how they can control their own symptoms by listening to what those symptoms are teaching them.

 

Your body's ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe. -- Unknown