Acupuncture does not hurt, but you may feel a slight sensation at the points where the needles are inserted (Qi reaction). These sensations may vary from person to person depending on what is going on in the body and how the function of a particular point affects the body. There are a number of different sensations that a person may experience, most commonly felt are; a dull ache, a general numbness of the area, a slight pinch, a tingling or ”electric” feeling, or a sensation of heat. In some situations, this sensation may travel the length of a particular meridian. The sensations are generally very brief (only upon insertion or manipulation) and will lessen once the needles are left alone. If you have never had acupuncture before, you might be surprised at how relaxed you feel during and after the treatment. Very often people fall asleep on the table and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.Does Acupuncture Hurt?You may think of Qi as your bodies energy which is responsible for things like our blood flow, digestion & sleep. Your Qi circulates throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians, which correspond to 12 internal organ systems. Good health is maintained as long as Qi continues to flow freely through the meridians. If the Qi becomes blocked somewhere then pain and disease can develop.