Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles in specific points on the body. It is used, to regulate the function of the human body and enhance the immune system. Evidence currently available supports acupuncture as a safe and effective therapy to manage a wide range of symptoms(1).
Acupuncture should not be painful however a very mild sensation may be felt in the form of a dull ache, throb or electric feeling. This isn’t a negative sign and it is often perceived that the treatment is working. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine so insertion does not produce a sharp or stinging pain that an injection or blood test does.
A typical visit begins with diagnosis through questioning, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and palpation (touch). If this is not your first visit, these techniques may still be applied to monitor progress.
Depending on the diagnosis, treatments could involve acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, Gua-sha, cupping, moxibustion, nutrition and/or herbal medicine.
It is unlikely that you will experience side effects. Very occasionally people note a slight bleed, bruising and/or some light-headedness following acupuncture.
(1) McDonald, J. Janz, J. 2017, The Acupuncture Evidence Project, AACMA, http://www.acupuncture.org.au/Portals/0/The%20Acupuncture%20Evidence%20Project_Mcdonald%20and%20Janz_Feb_2017_Reissued_April_2017.pdf?ver=2017-04-21-150632-950