Well then you are not alone. Most of us have had a bad memory or two of getting an injection as a child or an adult. The anxiety, the pain, the lingering soreness after the injection tend to stick with us and leave an indelible memory. What most people don’t realize is that an acupuncture needle is a fraction of the size of the needle you remember so well. In fact it typically takes 4-6 acupuncture needles to equal the size of one injection needle.
Acupuncture needles are so small that many of our patients are shocked to know that the treatment has even started. They are even more shocked at how relaxed they are and some patients tell us that they have never been so relaxed in their lives. Many patients fall asleep during their treatments, and even many children (who universally hate needles) are eager to come for treatment because they understand how great it makes them feel.
Of course there are always some people who just can’t go the needle route, and those people need to know that there are still some excellent natural options for their health and wellness. Other types of therapy such as Chinese herbs, dietary therapy, massage and nutritional supplementation are immensely helpful. They key is to approach each patient as an individual and customize the treatment options for them. So if you just can’t get by the thought of a thin, fine needle, then remember there are other treatment options available to you based on a 3,000 year old medicine that has benefited billions of people.