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Physical Properties Of Acupuncture Needles: Do Disposable Acupuncture Needles Break With Normal Use
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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INTRODUCTION Although literature suggests acupuncture is a safe therapeutic intervention, and failure of disposable acupuncture needles is considered rare, recent case reports indicated that re-use or over-use of these needles could lead to needle failure and increased health risk. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to test the potential for breakage of three brands of disposable acupuncture needles.
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