How acupuncture works
Acupuncture is not painful. We specialize in Japanese styles of acupuncture which involve very thin needles and gentle insertion techniques. Most of the time the needles are not felt at all, and sometimes our patients report experiencing sensations of heaviness, buzzing, or warmth at the acupuncture points.
Acupuncture has a high safety profile, and almost no side-effects. Minor side-effects are rare and may include bruising or ache at acupuncture points (which resolve within hours to several days). Major negative side-effects are extremely rare.
Needle-less, or non-insertive acupuncture involves stimulation of acupuncture points with various tools and techniques without breaking the skin barrier. It is a preferred treatment modality for children and needle-sensitive or needle-phobic patients.