After the diagnosis (asking relevant questions, and checking your pulse and tongue), the acupuncturist will explain the treatment plan and begin the acupuncture treatment. Most of the needles are disposable and extremely thin. The acupuncturist will choose the acupoints relevant to your illness. The treatment should repeated 2-3 times per week. The number of treatments you will need depends on your overall health and your body's response. For acute illness, 1-3 treatments is usually enough, but chronic disease may require 10-20 treatments.
During puncturing, You may feel a response sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth such as soreness, tension around the point or mild electrical pulses
In most cases, the needles will remain in place for 20 to 30 minutes while you lie still and relax. The acupuncturist should use hand stimulation, a warming lamp or electro-acupuncture. (it is safe because the electrical potential difference is low.)
During the remain phase, the patient is asked to rest for a period with the needles in place. Do not try to move as the needle will move and cause pain. Patients often fall asleep, and then awaken feeling deeply relaxed and refreshed.
After removal, you may notice small red dots where the needles were, or even slight bruising under the skin. These are normal and not a cause for concern. They will disappear within a few days.