Most people find acupuncture a pleasant and deeply relaxing experience. The needles bear little resemblance to needles used in blood tests and injections. They are much finer, and are solid rather than hollow. There should be no pain during the insertion of needles if the doctor is fully trained and experienced. Sometimes you may feel numbness at the point of entry or an energy transfer along the meridian to another part of the body. Needles are inserted for a short time and then removed, or more commonly left in place for up to 25 minutes, depending on the effect required.After acupuncture, you will feel relaxed or even slightly sleepy, so please take care not to tackle anything strenuous for a few hours following your treatment. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition: many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep, as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.