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HOW LONG DO THE NEEDLES STAY IN PLACE?

    The needles are usually left in place for 30-45 minutes, although some practitioners needle for only a few seconds or a minute, which is called novel acupuncture therapy or quick acupuncture. The purpose of retain needles is to further enhance effects of acupuncture. It was observed that during the needle-retaining period, the pain threshold of the region punctured or corresponding distant portions of the body may be further raised, and soft tissues with originally higher tension or spasms may be relaxed, as well as nervousness or anxiety of the patient may ease. Meanwhile, patients often feel very relaxed. However, a lengthy period of needle-retaining is unable to ensure induction of better effectiveness. It was observed that the threshold of pain tolerance first increased with a persistent needling stimulation, then reached its maximum after 30-45min.