FAQ: Does acupuncture hurt?

This is the most common question asked about acupuncture, because many people associate needles with pain.

Acupuncture is generally painless as the needles are very thin, from 0.14 to 0.20mm – thinner than a single strand of human hair! At Four Gates Chinese Medicine we use smooth, fine needles and gentle acupuncture techniques to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed while the treatment works.

After insertion the practitioner will gently activate the points and you may feel some warmth, heaviness, tingling, or a slight radiating sensation, followed by a feeling of relaxation as the needles are left to do their “work” for 20-30 minutes.

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