Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method in which tiny needles are used to assist your life energy, or chi, in flowing freely. When your chi flows properly, your body is able to heal itself.
No, it is not painful. The needles go a tiny fraction of an inch into you; it’s not at all like getting poked.
Yes, it can be uncomfortable if you resist. Certain points can be sensitive. If you let go, any discomfort dissipates quickly in my experience.
I’ve been going to acupuncture for about a year and absolutely love it. I’m amazed at what a difference it makes. My favorite is when the doctor treats the anxiety points and nothing at all is a problem any more. That would be followed closely by the point he uses when I’m about to go hike a high peak. Even though I have a very mild form of asthma, when he pre-treats that point, I ascend that mountain easily and have to wait for my husband to catch his breath. So great!