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"But what is acupuncture REALLY like?"

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Does acupuncture hurt?

are two questions I get asked a lot.  Luckily the helpful people at The British Acupuncture Council have put together a short video showing what an acupuncture treatment is like and answering the question "does it hurt?"

The answer is No! Many people are put off having acupuncture because they think it will hurt. It doesn’t. The needles are tiny, incredibly fine – about the size of a few hairs on your head. Kate uses the most high quality needles which are incredibly fine, smooth and painfree. The sensation is nothing like having an injection.

It is a unique feeling often described as a dull ache which triggers feelings of calmness and tranquility. Most people find it very relaxing and drift off to sleep during treatment.

The patient in this video is plumber, Stephen Norris, who suffers from lower back pain and has tried lots of other treatments without success.  Hear what he has to say about his acupuncture treatment and see his acupuncturist give him a treatment.

You'll see that the needles are incredibly fine (like a human hair) and that there is no pain whatsoever.  Don't be one of the 25% of people who won't try acupuncture because they're worried it will hurt - it doesn't!

I hope you enjoy the video and it helps allay any fears you might have had.

Please always make sure that you choose an acupuncturist who is registered with The British Acupuncture Council (


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