does it hurt?

That is usually the first question people have when they consider acupuncture.  Really, who wants to get poked with needles?

Most of us have only been poked with needles when we go to the doctor for a shot, and most of us know that it hurts, so when we add doctor + needle, our answer is “No way.”  Well, here’s the good news – the average hypodermic needle that they shoot you with at the doctors is ten times bigger than an average acupuncture needle.  But wait – there’s more!  I use Japanese style acupuncture needles.  These are thinner than standard acupuncture needles.  You can fit FORTY of these tiny needles inside a hypodermic needle.  These acupuncture needles are smaller than an average sized hair.     

I have written articles for our national acupuncture journal on needle technique, and in addition, I practice my needle technique on myself!  If it hurts me, I won’t do it to you.  New patients often ask me when I am going to start the treatment after I’ve already done the whole thing.

I often have patients who have had painful acupuncture treatments elsewhere come to me because of my reputation for painless treatment.  They are universally happy.

If you are mortally afraid of needles, then acupuncture might not be for you, but if you are a little nervous, relax and give it a try.  You will be amazed at how relaxed and fantastic you feel after your treatment.


A hypodermic needle (left), an acupuncture needle, and a penny.


This acupuncture needles is so thin that it simply bends at a touch. It takes a lot of practice to insert needles this thin.