Does acupuncture hurt? Certified acupuncturist Susan Kim, DC, FIAMA, CCN, CSCS, gives us the answer:
Do the needles hurt?
"One of the first questions I get asked about acupuncture is, “Do the needles hurt?” This is usually followed by the words, “I hate needles,” says Dr. Susan Kim, DC, FIAMA, CCN, CSCS.
Well, surprise, I hate needles too! However, there is a big difference between the size and thickness of acupuncture needles and the hypodermic (injection) needles you experience at a doctor’s office or hospital for blood draws or injections.
What makes acupuncture needles different?
Acupuncture needles have no resemblance to hypodermic needles. Hypodermic needles are hollow and have a large diameter because they are used to inject substances into the body or extract liquids, like blood.
On the other hand, acupuncture needles are solid and thin–sometimes even thinner than a human hair. Many people do not even feel the acupuncture needles being inserted. Some do feel a mild tingling that lasts for only a few seconds. If there is any discomfort, it is typically very short and mild. The most commonly used length of an acupuncture needle is one inch.
Acupuncture needles are FDA approved and made from stainless steel. They're always pre-sterilized, and are disposed of after a single use.
In short, don't think of acupuncture needles like the needles you have experienced in the past. There is no need to be afraid of acupuncture needles; they are safe, sterilized and almost painless.
If you're interested in trying acupuncture, Susan Kim, DC, FIAMA, CCN, CSCS, welcomes new patients to her office at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Wellness Campus. For information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment, call 440-255-5508.