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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; April 2000

For headache, do you put the needles into the head?

If you have a headache, do you need to have the needles put into your head?

   No, not only. The needles are put in many places in your body to treat headaches and the selection of the points varies in every case. So don't be surprised if an acupuncturist chooses points on your hands, feet, legs, upper back and the head.

What does acupuncture really feel like?

My father has had acupuncture treatments for 8 years and swears it does not hurt. I don't understand how you can have needles stuck in you and not feel pain. What does acupuncture really feel like?

   I can understand your confusion about how metal in skin doesn't hurt. Let me see if I can explain why. The needles are hair thin, solid, and flexible. Imagine the needle used to take blood, then imagine a needle 20 times thinner.
   Many of my patients describe acupuncture as painless or sometimes feeling like a mosquito bite. Most patients feel very relaxed while the needles are in, and some actually fall asleep during the treatment.
   When I have a new patient in my office, I take time to show them the needles and explain the process so they will feel comfortable. Most often, all the needles are in before the patient even realizes it, and they are on their way to feeling better
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