No. Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a hair and patients often do not even feel them when they are inserted. At most you may feel a brief pinch when they go in. After the needles are placed a patient will experience a sensation referred to as the arrival of qi or “de qi”. This is generally a dull or heavy sensation with other possible sensations including fullness, movement of energy in the meridian, warmth or coolness at the point. Proper arrival of qi sensations are sometimes perceived as unusual for the first-time patient but are not painful. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, so much that many fall asleep during their treatment and remark that they leave the clinic feeling calm, collected and grounded.