“Do you sterilize your acupuncture needles?”

In my time working as an acupuncturist, there are a few questions that I’ve heard again and again. One in particular tends to come up when I ask a client if they have any questions before we get started with their first treatment:

“The acupuncture needles – you sterilize them, right?”  

In the old days of acupuncture in America, needles were indeed sterilized and reused after treatments. However, in today’s world of prions and sterilization-resistant bacteria, we need to be more careful. Consequently, all of our acupuncture needles are used only once – after your treatment, the needles are destroyed by a medical waste company. This way, we know that every needle we use is sterile and in the best possible condition. 

At Blue Lotus Acupuncture, we follow the standards for clean-needle technique set by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a strict protocol developed using guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Public Health Service. These precautions ensure minimal chances of contamination of any needle. Your comfort and safety are foremost to us at Blue Lotus Acupuncture.