Acupuncture needles are very different to the hypodermic needles used in Western Medicine, they are not hollow nor do they slice through the skin and muscle. Instead, they have a conical shaped tip, parting the skin and muscle as the needle glides into the acupuncture point. This means that there is little to no discomfort when the needle is inserted. When Qi is drawn to the needle the patient can often feel a dull ache, though this may feel a bit uncomfortable, it doesn’t last long and indicates that the point is active. When the needle is withdrawn, due to its design, the skin then seals up behind it. Acupuncture needles are single-use, sterile, and made of stainless steel, therefore they do not break or cause infection.
Acupuncture works on rebalancing the Qi flow within the meridians. By inserting needles into specific points on the body we can either remove blockages, or help redirect Qi to where its needed to restore balance to the body. From a Western Medical perspective, it is believed to work on parts of the nervous system, which can then influence everything from controlling inflammation, to re-balancing hormones. The end result is the same though, a return to equilibrium and restoring your inner health.