Not typically! When the needle connects with the Qi sometimes there is a sensation of tingling, warmth or a dull ache. Upon insertion you may feel a slight pinch and/or the plastic guide tube as the needle is inserted into the skin. Once inserted, the acupuncture treatment can last anywhere from twenty to forty minutes on average where the patient lies comfortably on the treatment table and rests.
Often patients notice changes occurring just after the needles are inserted and sometimes have sensations in the body during treatments where there are not needles. This is completely normal and when the Qi is allowed to move freely you may feel different sensations at the same time in different areas of the body or have memories or feelings that come up to the surface. The unblocking process of Qi is different for everyone because we are unique.  Sometimes people do not feel much at all and that is also normal. Some just fall asleep or just rest. Once needles are removed, there is a period of integration that can take up to twenty-four hours. It is advised to drink plenty of water and rest after acupuncture treatments to get the best results.