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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. When acupuncture needles are stimulated they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, gentle pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is usually recommended. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may be recommended to maintain optimal health and wellbeing. 


sophie clark L.Ac.
29 Bolinas Road, Fairfax CA 94930
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