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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

What to Expect - COMMUNITY CENTERED ORIENTAL MEDICINE in Santa Barbara, CAMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When we gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so often more than one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions, we'll try to get you better as soon as possible. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. We have many patients who come weekly, bi-weekly or monthly (for years!) because they themselves realize the benefit of consistent treatment, especially acupuncture's ability to calm and revitalize the autonomic nervous system's response to stress and anxiety






Community Centered Oriental Medicine
1900 State St. Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805 687-7328