When the needle is inserted, occasionally the point will feel tender or sharp for a few moments before the feeling subsides. This feeling (refered to as ‘de-qi’) varies between patients and where on the body the needle is being placed. Some practitioners believe to obtain ‘de qi’ on each point is vital for the treatment to be effective, however I found this not to be the case and many patients who barely feel the needles have had some profoundly good results. Sometimes the sensation can be felt radiating along other areas of the body, which corresponds with the meridian theory on which traditional acupuncture is based.
One of the primary benefits of acupuncture is that there are no side effects unlike conventional medication (anyone on regular painkillers will recognise the effect on the stomach and sleep patterns for example), and is overall a much gentler way of addressing illness within the body.