Acupuncture should not be painful. Sometimes there is a tingling sensation when needles are being inserted. To achieve De Qi (the arrival of Qi), the physician might then manipulate some points using certain techniques. At this point, energetic sensations usually begin settling in. Generally described as distention, numbness or heaviness, these sensations are absolutely normal and should be distinguished from pain. In fact, most patients reported feeling relaxed, pleasant and calm during needle retention.
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