“You want to stick me with WHAT?”

A comment I often hear when people learn that I’m an acupuncturist is “I don’t like needles.”

From some people, the response I get is “I DON’T LIKE NEEDLES!!!”

If you are new to acupuncture, the word “needle” may bring to mind images of hypodermic needles, which have a sharp tip and are thick enough to transmit liquids through their hollow core. A hypodermic needle, though, is about fifteen times the thickness of an acupuncture needle.

Picture a single strand of hair from your head. An acupuncture needle is only about as thick as that strand of hair. Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel, and they are used only once before being disposed. Inserting an acupuncture needle usually yields no pain. If you do experience a painful sensation when an acupuncture needle is inserted, that feeling will dissipate within a few seconds.