There is usually very little pain with insertion of the needles, though people are different in their sensitivity to the needles. This is assessed and taken into consideration during your initial consultation. After insertion of the needle, there may be a feeling of heaviness or denseness experienced at or near the point of insertion. Other times, there is a feeling of movement throughout the body as Qi moves in the channels, sometimes activating points on the body regardless if there is a needle inserted there or not. The pleasant feelings of being relaxed and/or energized, or even euphoric are all normal reactions to acupuncture.

Needle-free options are also available.