I find that it produces a healthy type of pain, such that like a hard workout or certain types of massage or losing weight, perhaps. It’s painful initially and makes you feel better in the interim and long term. The pain brings my awareness to what I need to listen to specifically.
I tried acupuncture with the goal of seeing if it could make me feel better and live healthier, feel happier, and perform better. The results, I thought, were instant and sustained over time. Now its ten years late and I've had a whole bunch of different sessions. Acupuncture has been steady for about ten years.
I find that I reach much lower lows without acupuncture. For me those stressful periods are often the most important. Acupuncture has had a profound impact in giving me something to lean on twice a week in those intense times. It helps me feel significantly better despite the rest of my life constituting abuse to my body.