Are acupuncture needles reused?
No, acupuncture needles are not reused in most countries. In western countries including the UK, it is illegal to reuse any type of acupuncture needle.
All acupuncture needles are one-use disposable needles. They are used only once and then put into a sharps box for incineration. This prevents cross infection of blood borne virus between people.
Acupuncturists are required to meet certain professional standards of treatment which includes patient safety and the proper use of needles. Members of the British Acupuncture Council are held to high health standards to ensure patient health and safety during acupuncture treatment.
In China, acupuncture needles are treated like surgical equipment and are autoclaved to kill off any germs and are then reused. The acupuncture needles in China are thicker and the handles are made out of solid metal allowing them to be autoclaved.