Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles at specifically chosen points on the body. The insertion of the needle is generally painless but you will often feel some sensation (called ‘de qi’) once the needle is in place. This sensation varies from person to person but is often described as a dull ache or tingling. The acupuncture points are chosen because of the channels (or meridians) they lie on and how this corresponds to the cause of symptoms that you present with. The channels and points have been discovered from hundreds of years of practice and observations of the effects they have on the body and emotions.
The needles are generally in place for anything from 10 minutes to an hour.