Are acupuncture needles re-used?

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

This is another common question I get asked and the simple answer is absolutely no! All acupuncture needles today are pre-packaged, sterile, single-use and disposable. No needles are ever used more than once. There is too much risk of infection if they were used from one patient to the next. Long ago, practitioners did use needles more than once, and even thousands of years ago before stainless steel needles, they used sharpened stones and bones!

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