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What does acupuncture feel like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when inserted. The needles are sometimes stimulated (by gentle movement from Dr. Warner or with a TENS unit for electroacupunctrure) so they may produce a unique sensation that Eastern medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, tingling, or warm sensation, which are all positive responses to the acupuncture. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically. If the needle does happen to produce an "electric" sensation that doesn't go away after a few seconds, the needle will simply be removed.

How many treatments will I need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. For most patients, Dr. Warner recommends 1-2 treatments the first week, and then one treatment per week for another 2-3 weeks, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few sessions. However, chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Licensed acupuncturists (L.Acs) are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique.  Dr. Warner has passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state. As required by law, we use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

If you are interested in acupuncture but live too far away from our office, we recommend going to to find a licensed acupuncturist that is board certified for the best treatment.

What's the difference between an L.Ac and someone who is certified in acupuncture?

A Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) has a Master's degree specifically in acupuncture and completely understands the levels of sophistication of Chinese Medicine. A licensed acupuncturist must have a minimum of 2700 hours of masters-level training with at least 650 hours of clinical training and a minimum of 250 patient treatments before graduation. We are required to pass the national certification examination in acupuncture and we must complete regular continuing education to maintain national certification.

Certain healthcare professionals in Indiana can become a Certified Acupuncturist with 200 hours of training. They have minimal clinical experience in acupuncture and often no actual patient treatments before certification. They are not required to complete the NCCAOM exam to prove competency in acupuncture, and they are not required to complete continuing education classes.

What's the difference between private, individual acupuncture session versus community acupuncture?

Private, individual acupuncture sessions are done in a private treatment room and clients change into a gown or shorts as needed.  The treatment is more comprehensive and involves acupuncture on multiple areas of the body for a longer amount of time, and complementary modalities are used like electroacupuncture, guasha, cupping, and moist heat therapy.  These sessions are 60 minutes long.  This is recommended for clients with neck and back pain, upper back tension, migraines, or clients seeking fertility acupuncture. 

Community acupuncture is performed in a group room where multiple clients are treated at the same time.  Fewer needles are placed in more specific areas on the head, ears, arms, and below the knee.  Clients remain clothed as they relax in reclined chairs for about 30 minutes.  No complementary modalities are used during these sessions.  These sessions are generally less expensive than private acupuncture.  Community acupuncture is a great option for clients who need basic treatment more frequently, such as clients going through chemo or radiation, those dealing with morning sickness during pregnancy, or clients who deal with anxiety/stress.

Acupuncture FAQs - Lauren Warner Acupuncture in Syracuse, Indiana, Fort Wayne


106 E Pickwick Drive
Syracuse, IN 46567
T: 574-457-7472
*Located in the same building as Dynamic Spine & Rehab


Fort Wayne
9910 Dupont Circle Drive East
Suite 140
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
T: 260-570-4515
*Located inside Oaktree Guidance & Wellness Center