Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, flexible, and designed to glide into points that are empty of nerve, bone, organs, and vessels, but full of potential vitality and energy.
The Chinese term for acupuncture point translates to “vital hollow”, meaning that the points are very specific areas of space in between structures.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use, and disposable. They are an FDA class II medical device, to be used by trained and licensed medical providers.
Acupuncturists do not use hypodermic needles, which are larger, hollow and do not bend, and are designed to pierce through structures to pull or add fluids. An acupuncture needle could never puncture an artery, and any competent acupuncturist would never cause nerve, organ or joint damage.