This is perhaps the most common question we hear in the clinic. For most people, the idea of needles going into the skin seems horrifying.
However, the real question is to ask yourself: What state of pain or discomfort are you experiencing right now from a troubled knee, for example, or painful lower back?
Acupuncture needle sensation is generally a dull ache at the point of insertion, this is what we call "de qi", otherwise known as the activation or arrival of Qi (or energy). Occasionally, you may feel a shooting sensation up or down the limb, but it is short-lived and doesn't cause further discomfort. Sometimes people even comment that the Qi sensation is making them feel quite different on the inside but relatively good at the same time.
Despite how the needle feels to you, if acupuncture can treat the problem that is troubling you, is this not "pain" that's worth enduring to overcome the bigger problem at hand?