Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture rarely ‘hurts’. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Fear of pain from acupuncture is one of the most common reasons why people forgo acupuncture or if they have a phobia to needles. Often, to the astonishment of those who experience acupuncture, it doesn’t hurt and feels very calming and relaxing.