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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin,  needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

It is not meant or suppose to be painful.  I encourage an open dialogue and if you feel discomfort at any time, I will either adjust or remove the needle from that location. 

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. Just as you can not get back into shape in one trip to the gym, acupuncture treatments also require a similar commitment.  Frequency is dependent on several conditions including whether the condition is acute or chronic, as well as the on the type and severity of the condition. Further and more specific information on how many treatments are required will be part of our discussion during your first appointment and something that will be reevaluated over time.  Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.






Dana Gehlhausen, L.Ac., MSOM

By Appointment Only

1110 Washington Street      Naperville, IL 60563

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