I"ve been to acupuncture twice so far so it's a little too soon to tell. It's most definitely a different way of looking at whatever the particular problem is. The first time, she made an assessment of my situation, then had some suggestions for Omega 3 supplements and to go eat some red meat. She said you need blood to get blood. As for the needles, they are not painful. I did briefly experience a strange pain in my neck, of all places, once I'd left her office. No needles had been anywhere near my neck. At the next visit, she said it could have been a chi blockage. I definitely felt something different on my second visit, like a sensation of blood racing through my body. This, after all, is exactly what I need!
I'm still a little skeptical of the whole thing but will continue to visit for a few weeks or months. Even my RE recommended I try it based on some studies he's read. I actually did some web research on my own and how it related to my problem. That is what convinced me to give it a shot, months later, of course. It keeps me kind of busy and focused until I see him again in mid-September to see if I'm a candidate for IVF.
Hope that helps answer your question.