Apparently all acu Drs have their own technicques. The Dr. here says that a good rule of thumb is to allow an acu Dr. a series of six treatments. If there is no significant improvement, then try someone else. I have found that the acu needles only hurt when placed directly into painful spots on the heel. All other points on my feet, legs and hands very little pain.
I have noticed significant improvement - especially following treatment by the Korean in Atlanta. I'm generally so much better than I was before I began this acu stuff six weeks ago that I am going to persevere for another session of six treatments in HK - but am seriously considering changing to a Korean there rather than the Chinese guy. I fly back this weekend.
Incidentally, travelling 24 hours straight with PF is a challenge - fortunately I get a business class ticket from my employer - then choose exit row, and put my foot up on my carry-on. I happen to be 6ft 5ins - so that is even more important!!
Happy New Year to all PFers - regulars and newcomers to this site - and especially to Scott, our host.