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Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The short answer: maybe. Depending on the point location selected and how sensitive a person is, some people do say that it is uncomfortable when the needle is initially inserted. Of course, a qualified practitioner will do everything to minimize any discomfort. The vast majority of patients – even those afraid of needles – feel a mild pressure as the needle goes into the skin. Once the needle is in the right spot, patients experience feelings ranging from nothing to a mild tingling or ‘the Qi’ (read more in What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?)
How Does Acupuncture Work?
EducationBachelor of science honours in the specialized Life Sciences from Queen’sUniversityDiploma of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)Registered Acupuncturist - R.AcCertificate in Environmental MedicineCertificate as Personal Training SpecialistCPR and First Aid
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
What Does an Acupuncture Needle Look Like?
Afraid of needles? Compared to needles that draw blood, these needles are very thin since they don’t have to be hollow. Needles come in different gauges (thickness) and lengths and are very flexible. Each needle comes in a sterilized package and is disposable after use.
What Can Go Wrong?
Consent forms will try to scare you with side effects including organ damage, lung collapse and bruising. A licensed practitioner such as Dr Proulx has taken hours of hands-on training and many anatomy classes to reduce the risk of such negative side effects. A mild red spot that lasts less than an hour or a mild bruise are the most frequent negative effects.
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