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.