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DOES IT HURT?

Because the acupuncture needle is extremely fine, it does not hurt in the same way as an injection needle where the needle-tip penetrates the skin and just a dull pressure may be felt when the needle is being operated. With quick insertions and gentle manipulations of the needles, even children often can tolerate them. During the needling operation some patients with higher body sensitivity may experience a greater sensation than others, such as vague numbness, heaviness or tingling. These sensations are nonetheless normal to an acupuncturist, and they are often referred to as Deqi in Chinese (which means the generation of needling sensations). Deqi usually is a good sign and may lead to better therapeutic results. Such sensations will subside with the passing of time, with those more sensitive people lasting at most a few hours after the acupuncture treatment.