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Does acupuncture hurt?

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No. You may feel a slight prick when the acupuncturist puts the needle in, but it's much less than the prick you feel during a shot. That's because the needles are much thinner. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling, or mild soreness after the needles have been put in.

From: Acupuncture for Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''An Introduction to Acupuncture.''

Arthritis Today: ''Acupuncture Gets Respect.''

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.''

The Arthritis Foundation: ''Alternative Therapies.''

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''An Introduction to Acupuncture.''

Arthritis Today: ''Acupuncture Gets Respect.''

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.''

The Arthritis Foundation: ''Alternative Therapies.''

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

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