Usually acupuncture is pain-free. Patients most often describe a sensation of warmth radiating from the needle, or tingling, either at the point directly, or along the meridian pathway. That said, when you put a needle in the tissue of the body where there are nerve endings, the possibility for pain exists. There may be a travelling sensation that feels like a currant of energy, a heaviness, or an achiness at the acupuncture point. This sensation is referred to as de qi and translates to “the qi has arrived”. It is, very generally speaking, what the acupuncturist hopes to accomplish in a treatment and can mean that the treatment was successful.
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