By Sara Calabro
Acupuncturists have a name for the time when their patients are resting with needles. They call it “cooking.” Some people call it “torture.”
A recent article on common excuses for not getting acupuncture listed fear of needles as the number-one excuse. In response to this article, a popular sentiment arose, highlighting a type of needle fear that often flies under the radar.
“I’m not afraid of the needles because I think they’re going to hurt,” shared one reader. “It’s the idea of having to lie still with them that freaks me out. What if there’s a fire? What if I have an itch? It feels claustrophobic.”
Acupuncture is usually portrayed as a blissful spa-like experience, so relaxing that it causes people to drift off into a peaceful, healing sleep. Sometimes it is. But not always, and many people have the most anxiety around the part when the needle-wielding acupuncturist leaves their side. Keep reading