Acupuncture can be very relaxing, and most people experience a feeling of well-being after undergoing treatment. Needles are typically sterile, and stay in place for 30 minutes or longer, depending on the treatment’s goals. After insertion, the needles are removed and the insertion points are cleaned with alcohol. Some people experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms, but this is not common. During the healing process, the body releases chemicals that increase its tolerance to pain.
In addition to licensing, acupuncturists must be registered in their state to practice. This means you have completed an extensive education program and passed a state-mandated licensing exam. In addition to licensing, acupuncturists are required to maintain their license and to undergo continuing education. Before deciding on an acupuncturist to treat your family or friends, research the practitioners in the area. Ask your friends and family for referrals and read reviews online.