People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Part of the treatment is to get ‘de qi’ with the needles and this may be experienced as electrical shock, numbness, heaviness, dull ache, itching, cold or heat.