What does acupuncture actually feel like? 针灸的感觉如何?

Updated: Jan 25


Acupuncture 针灸

If you are anticipating a visit to the TCM physician or acupuncturist, but have never tried acupuncture before, you are probably asking this question “does it hurt?”.


As the process of acupuncture occurs in stages, you may experience different sensations at each stage, such as soreness or numbness.


To help prepare you for your first acupuncture session, here is a breakdown of what you may feel during the different stages of the treatment process, from the time the needle enters, to the time you leave the clinic.

1. When the needle enters the skin (进针):

As the needle is very thin and it enters quickly, there is usually either no pain or minimal pain.

2. Manipulating the needle to “stimulate the Qi” (行针):

After inserting the needle, the practitioner will usually twirl the needle back and forth to stimulate the Qi. At this stage, the sensation may be described as soreness, fullness, warmth, a feeling of electric shock, or the numbing sensation of pressing onto your nerve etc. Feeling of pain is possible but is less common at this stage.

3. Leaving the needle in the body to enhance the effect (留针):

This is usually pain-free.

4. Removing the needle (出针):

This is usually pain-free.

5. After the treatment:

The area where acupuncture has been performed may feel just slightly sore for 1-2 days for some, or may feel perfectly fine for others.

Since different acupoints may produce different sensations, and every individual has a different tolerance level, your experiences may vary.

To prevent unnecessary discomfort for you, it is good to communicate with your physician or acupuncturist about how you feel throughout the session as that can guide them in handling the needle.



若您从未试过针灸而正考虑使用针灸治疗,您可能有想过“针灸到底会不会痛”。

由于针灸过程中具有几个阶段,您在每个阶段的感觉可有差异。

此文章为您描述针灸治疗过程每个阶段的感觉,以助您在首次针灸中有足够的心理准备。

一,进针时

因针身纤细,破皮轻快,所以进针时多数无痛或稍微刺痛

二,行针时

进针后,医师下一步会将针稍微捻转或提插,以助针灸部位获得经气感应。在此时刻,针刺部位可有酸,麻,胀,触电感,热,蚁行感,痛等感觉。然而,疼痛在此阶段较少见,而酸、麻、触电感较常见。

三,留针时

此阶段通常无疼痛。

四,出针时

此阶段通常无疼痛。

五,治疗后

针灸后一至两天的时间,扎过针的部位可能会微微有酸感,也可无异感。

一般上,患者本身耐痛的程度,或进行针灸的穴位等因素都能影响患者在针灸过程所得的感觉,因此疼痛的经验是因人而异。

在针灸的过程中,敬请通知医师您的感觉,以便医师调整手法,为您避免无谓的不适感。