¡¤What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese system of healing that is now
very popular in the West as a so-called alternative therapy or complementary
involves the use of very fine needles inserted into the skin at
certain points of the body which are believed to be situated on
energy channels called meridians. Each meridian is said to relate
to a specific organ of the body. The insertion of the needles
is said to unblock the channels thus allowing energy to move freely.
This is believed to help restore balance to the body.
There are several types of acupuncture needles. In ancient China
9 different types of acupuncture needle were used. Today, the
most commonly used needle is the metal filiform (thread-like)
needle that is made from stainless steel but can also be made
of silver or gold.
Acupuncture needles come in
different gauges (diameter) and lengths to be used on the different
areas of the body where they are to be inserted. Historically,
Chinese acupuncture needles have tended to be tapered and thicker
than Japanese needles, however, the needles used nowadays are
mostly very fine ¡ª they vary from 0.12 mm to 0.40 mm in diameter
¡ª that¡¯s about a third of a millimeter in diameter for the thickest
¡¤Are acupuncture needles
The majority of needles used today are pre-sterilized, single
use, disposable types. They are manufactured and packed under
sterile conditions into foil-backed blister packs with guide tubes
on the end.
The most commonly used needles
are made of stainless steel and range in length from 8 mm to 7
cm. We had get approval by TUV, and get CE, CE Canada, ISO, and
had registered in FDA (U.S.A.) and TGA (Australia).
¡¤How long are the needles
left in for?
Acupuncture needles are commonly left in for any length of time
between a few seconds and half an hour or so. The acupuncturist
may tweak the needles during this time. Some specialized very
small, short needles are left in for a few days.