Not really. The acupuncture needles are about the width of a strand of hair. You can take about 25 of them and put them inside a hypodermic needle–the kind that is used to give you a flu shot or take blood. There are some points where you feel it more, but those are typically on places with more nerve endings, like your hands, feet, face, and ears. Most of the time, it feels more like something sharp is touching you, rather than being poked with needles.