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Do acupuncture needles go into nerves?

I am a 36 year old female. I want to know if acupuncture needles go into nerves?

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it is rare and not good if the needles hit nerves
No nerve tissue is very rubbery and acupuncture needles will not easily puncture nerve
We do not put acupuncture needles in nerves. Sometimes nerves can get grazed by acupuncture needles and sting, but we do not put acupuncture needles in nerves purposefully, no.
No, they have specific channels and points of energy near the nerves.

It goes into the nerves and muscles to relieve your pain.
No, we need to avoid nerves and blood vessels
Yes it’s possible that an acupuncture needle can hit a nerve. It may feel uncomfortable for a moment but it won’t likely hurt you.
Acupuncture procedures that are provided by an experienced licensed acupuncturist, are safe, and do not penetrate nerves.
Absolutely not. Needles are inserted into muscle, fascia and tendons, to a safe and appropriate depth depending upon where in the body. Sometimes the manipulation of the needles, once inserted, can feel powerful and a bit shocking, but it is not because they are hitting nerves. Most of my patients are pleasantly surprised at how painless the needles are. I admit, some points on the body can feel a bit pinchy, such as the hands and feet, because of the lack of musculature and a large number of nerves. But you will see that acupuncture needles are very thin and very different from hypodermic needles used in taking blood. The slight and very temporary discomfort felt from needling will be overshadowed by the pain relief and relaxation you will experience from acupuncture. Good luck!
Acupuncture needles do not go into nerves, but in some cases, we need to give strong stimulation to the nerves. We only use acupuncture needles to quickly touch nerves for many times. Don't keep the needles in the nerves, the reason is to prevent or save nerves, avoid damaging the nerves.
It’s not nerves. It’s meridians, which we can’t see.

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Good afternoon,

Acupuncture needle does not go into the nerves. During acupuncture treatment it's normal to feel some numbness or soreness, even warm sensation. In Chinese Medicine, we use the term receiving energy flow, "chi."

Nerves are pretty tough, as are tendons and ligaments. The needles are very thin and flexible. Typically the needle cannot penetrate these structures but will simply glide around them. The point of the needle may touch one of these structure. In the case of a nerve, which is electrical in nature may cause the nerve to trigger in which case the needle is just backed off slightly by the practitioner. In the case of tendons and ligaments the practitioner may deliberately insert the needle to intentionally hit the structure if that is the underlying cause of the problem. We do not typically try to hit a nerve.
No they do not! That would be a bad day!
These effects might go into nerves; you better try!
No, we try to avoid the nerves.
Certain conditions, the needle will purposely touch the nerve ended to be able to trigger neurological reactions of the body, not go into the nerves.
Hard to say when you get down to the very minutia level of nerves, but the general thinking is no, that there are not significant nervous tissue in many point locations.
Acupuncture for neuropathy. Acupuncture is a technique used to treat pain and relieve discomfort. The needles used in acupuncture are inserted into your body's pressure points to stimulate the nervous system. This releases endorphins, your body's natural painkillers, in the muscles, spine, and brain
No. Acupuncture needls may be placed next to nerves, but never directly into the nerve itself as it can cause damage to the nerve.
No, it won’t go into nerves because when the needle stich the nerves patients will get shock then doctor will going to remove the needle.
No, but some points very close to certain nerve.
Into nerves? No. Near nervous tissue/bundles? Sometimes.

Deliberately placing an acupuncture needle into a nerve would cause intense pain and, sometimes, lasting damage. Board certified and state licensed acupuncturists are well trained in the anatomy around acupuncture points (and anatomy in general). Part of the reason for this is so we don't end up getting a needle directly into a nerve.

That said, many acupuncture points are near nerve tissue. Several scientific studies on acupuncture, especially in pain conditions, show the needles are exerting some effect on neurotransmitters and brain processing of pain signals - making it likely that, at least in part, we're interacting with the nervous system in some way. I suspect this interaction is indirect by deformation of tissue near nerve bundles rather than a direct interface with the nerve itself.