In the American culture, they are disposed of after single use using a bio hazard container and paying to have them disposed of the right way. So your acupuncturist will practice with great care in ensuring that your needles are sterile and safe to use.
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Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Caitria Thiele, LAc MSOM
Needles should always be sterile. In China, that was not the case until a few years back. Does not hurt to ask.
Thank you for your question. No, the acupuncture needles are disposable needles, which are only one-time use. Per the state licensing requirements and safety, licensed acupuncturists will not reuse the needles.
Dr. Fu, L,Ac, Dipl. OM
Dr. Bita Yadidi L.Ac., DAOM
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Hu Gi Acuherbs
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No, All needles are single insertion only.
All needles used in acupuncture must be disposable needles.
Scott Sang In Lee
With that said, pretty much any licensed practitioner is going to use pre-sterilized needles and after removing them from you will deposit said needle into a sharps container (medical waste container) just like a doctor would do in a hospital.
So, go to a licensed practitioner and you should be fine.
Meanwhile, the needle tips are extremely thin and sharp; they became dull quickly. A dull needle will cause pain.
If you have any questions at all, talk with your provider before your treatment session. No provider should take a question like this personally - I've fielded this one before for my patients and it's part of my acupuncture informed consent form.