Although acupuncture has been used as a treatment for centuries, many questions and misconceptions still exist about the practice. First things first:  The Chinese have practiced acupuncture as a medicinal form for centuries. This practice is based upon the theory that energy, “chi” (pronounced chee), flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Many practitioners believe that unbalancing these chi can cause or worsen illness or discomfort. The acupuncturist strives to realign the chi, or in the western sense, to balance the meridians.


Million Dollar Question: Do the Needles Hurt?

Great question, simple answer. No. A skilled practitioner can utilize and implement the tools of acupuncture to treat many maladies with either minimal pain or mild discomfort coming as a result. The great news is that this mild, dull ache that many report will replace the debilitating aches and pains of chronic diseases and ailments that may go untreated and unabated without this traditional healing remedy. Most people’s experience with a needle is at the doctor’s office, having blood drawn. It seems fair to believe that no one would sign up to have multiple needles placed into their skin in this manner.

The fact of the matter is that hypodermic needles are hollow, thick needles, intended to withdraw blood from veins. Acupuncture needles are solid, with a very fine point. They are there not to penetrate, but to connect.

Balanced Meridian


So, does acupuncture hurt? It is certainly up to the practitioner and the person receiving acupuncture, but most patients report only a dull ache. Many say that they felt nothing at all. It is important to note that many who rely upon the healing powers of acupuncture are trying to heal or allay debilitating symptoms from very painful ailments; so a dull ache, or a numbing throb is a welcome sensation when compared to the full onset of painful symptoms.

Long story short: If you are suffering from painful ailments, or debilitating injuries, acupuncture is often the best way to relieve, if not heal that pain. If you have questions about the procedure, contact Dr. Michael Brone at Balanced Meridian, Outer Banks Acupuncturist in Kitty Hawk, NC.