Acupuncture is a technique of inserting extremely thin needles to specific points along the body’s energy pathways. It has been used in China for thousands of years for treating various diseases and conditions. The acupuncturist evaluates the patient to discern where exactly to insert the needles. Treatment is typically painless. A slight pinch is felt as the needle is inserted but after that there will be no pain (it is nothing like getting a shot as these needles are extremely thin and hardly felt). Normal sensations during treatment may include a feeling of heat, tingling, currents or just the presence of the needle. These sensations are normal and are related to the flow of Qi in the body. Most patients report these sensations to be pleasant and a general feeling of well being.