In general acupuncture is not painful, again each individual is unique and experiences the sensation of acupuncture differently. Normal sensations to acupuncture needles can be a dull ache or a tingling sensation. This is associated with moving blockages in the pathways of the body, which can occur on its own or when the needles are stimulated. This is the desired effect and most people do not consider it painful. In fact it can have a very beneficial effect of causing considerable relaxation throughout the entire body as well as the brain. Currently in the United States acupuncture and herbal medicine is being used to combat stress, ease anxiety and help to restore a sense of joy. It can help resolve not only emotional discomfort but also the physical symptoms surrounding it like insomnia, digestive upset, fatigue and chronic pain.