You will experience no more than a momentary dull ache. Both during and after treatment most people describe a feeling of relaxation and invigoration.
Many patients are wary or afraid of needles. As experienced acupuncturists we are aware of, and acknowledge, the fears some of our patients have.
Needle fear/phobia often stems from the use of large gauge hypodermic needles used to give injections or draw blood. Acupuncture needles are different. They are solid (not hollow), flexible, and very fine, about the diameter of two human hairs. The needles we use are surgical steel, sterile and disposable.
In Five Element Acupuncture we generally do not leave the needles in situ. We insert them on specific points along the meridian (energy pathway) to connect with the energy, then remove them after 1 or 2 seconds. You will feel a momentary dull ache or tug as the needle connects with the energy
Moxa (a herb from the mugwart plant) is also used to stimulate and prepare the acupuncture point by burning small cones directly onto the skin. This is known as moxibustion and gives a pleasant warming feeling.