Is Acupuncture painful? Is it safe?

Acupuncture isn't suppose to be painful. Some people feel a numb, achey or dull feeling where the needle is inserted which is perfectly normal and is seen as a good sign that your body is responding positively to the treatment.

The needles I use are very very fine (usually between a fifth and a quarter of a mm), sterilised and individually packaged. When people think of needles, they often imagine the type of needle that might be used for an injection or to take blood. In fact, you can fit about 5 acupuncture needles into the shaft of a hypodermic needle!

The risk of serious adverse reactions to Acupuncture is 1 in 10,000 according to two independent surveys published in the BMJ. All the needles I use are single-use, sterile and disposable. If you wish to get a more detailed account of how safe Acupuncture is please have a read of The British Acupuncture Council's 'Is Acupuncture safe?' section of their website.