Many people express that a phobia of needles deters them from receiving skilled acupuncture treatment, equating the experience of acupuncture needles and their insertion techniques to needles such as hypodermics or a chance barb to the finger with a sewing needle, the painful jab from stepping on a thumb tack, and other negative experiences with needle sticks.
This visual aid is important perspective in making sense of this concern:
Match Stick • Medical Syringe • Sewing Needle • Acupuncture Needle
The gauge of an acupuncture needle is far thinner than other sharps that puncture the body. Acupuncture needles are surgical-grade stainless steel, pre-sterilized, single-use, disposed of according to sharps biohazard protocol.
Healing attributes of acupuncture treatment are far too good to pass up due to unexamined assumptions regarding acupuncture needles. Enjoy!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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