is 5 Element Acupuncture SUPPOSED to be painful?

Submitted By: cindylou

I am seeing a Naturopathic Doctor who is also a licensed acupuncturist. I have had previous experience with acupuncture, and have found it restful, painless and pleasant.

This N.D. is my first experience with 5 Element acupuncture. As she does it, 5 Element acupuncture is a very uncomfortable procedure. She inserts needles (usually after moxibustion) with the expectation that it’s “working” if and only if I react with a strong almost unbearable dull ache. If this strong reaction means the process is effective I can put up with it. But if it hurts so much because she just doesn’t know what she’s doing then I need to find another practitioner.

At this week’s session one needle in the pad of my palm was especially painful — ached enough to bring me to tears for about 10 minutes — and resulted in a bruise in that area. I’ve tried finding information on the web referring to the “aggressive” nature of 5 Element acupuncture compared to other acupuncture, but have found no information. Can anyone help answer my question?

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