The insertion of the needle is hardly perceivable due to the very fine quality of the needle used. When the needle contacts the acupoint, there may be one of a number of sensations around the area. Feelings such as numbness, tingling, heat or cold, heaviness or a sensation of electricity passing through the limb may be felt. This is called the “arrival of qi” and is directly related to the benefit that can be derived from the acupuncture session.
Are there any side effects?
Unlike conventional medicine, acupuncture does not involve chemicals to change the function of the body. This reduces the possibility of side effects. In general, adverse reactions from acupuncture may involve local bruising, residual sensations such as heaviness or mild numbness may be around for a few days but are easily managed by alternate warm and cold compresses to increase the blood flow to the affected area.