Is acupuncture safe?
One of the striking advantages of acupuncture is that there are no side effects. In our Centre, only sterile needles are used for treatments. These needles come in sterile containers and are used only once, and then disposed of safely and appropriately.
There is no risk of infection. In particular, there is no possibility of transmission of AIDS or the Hepatitis virus.
Is acupuncture painful?
Some people may be afraid of needles and assume that acupuncture is painful. Actually there is no pain at all. The needles used for acupuncture is solid and extremely thin, much thinner than those used for injections or when donating blood.
When the needles reach the acupuncture points, there is a sensation that could be described as tingling or numbing, rather than ‘painful’. Sometimes you may feel a little soreness, heaviness, distension, or pressure during the course of needle insertion. These sensations may also be transferred along the acupuncture channels to another part of the body. None of these typical feelings could be described as painful.