if your acupuncture was extremely painful, or painful at all, then your guy didnt know what he was doing. acupuncture isnt supposed to hurt at all. my acupuncturist doesnt know whether he can cure me but based on our first session and how my body was reacting to his test he is hopeful that he may be able to. he only needed to insert 5 needles and they didnt hurt at all. overall the appointment took about 20 minutes and when i left his office the inflammation in my lips were completely gone. it was really amazing. i think that the inflammation has partially returned though. he said he will see me once a month for 2 more appointments and if there is no progress then he most likely cannot help me. he doesnt know whether he can actually cure me but says that he can most likely help my body to more efficiently heal the lips. if that makes sense. he says that he can probably make my body react more/better to my current treatment.