Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncturists primarily use small needles that are the width of a strand of hair. Most patients report that they do not feel the needles, but rather sensations in the body and mind that can vary from person to person. When a needle is inserted, one might feel a pinch or some tenderness, much like if a massage therapist places a thumb or elbow into a muscle knot. As the Qi is moved, some people have reported tingling sensations, a feeling of heaviness, soreness, warmth or movement.