Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposed of after single use. The risk of infection or cross contamination is almost nil. The needles are hair-thin, solid with smooth round tips, designed to gently edge tissue aside during insertion. Contrary to the belief of some people, the possibility of nerve damage resulting from acupuncture is extremely rare. In fact, one of the common uses of acupuncture is in treating neuropathy and nerve-related pain. Some patients do continue feeling odd even after needles are removed. These flow-on energetic sensations should be distinguished from signs of nerve damage. Performed by qualified acupuncturist using appropriate needling techniques, acupuncture is very safe and reliable.
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