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Q: How BIG are Acupuncture Needles?

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Often times I get asked by new patients and people in general,

“How BIG Are those (Acupuncture) Needles?”


A: Smaller than You May Think!

Acupuncture needles are 1/10th the gauge (thickness) of a hypodermic needle used to administer a vaccine.

So, 10 acupuncture needles can fit inside of the needle used for a tetanus shot.


The Long and Short of It:

Q: How Long are Acupuncture Needles?

A: It depends…

As far as length, they are quite varied.

Some are as short as 1/2 inch, some are longer than 3 inches.


The Short…

Acupuncture needles that are on the shorter side are used for areas like the face and even the feet.

Short acupuncture needles can also be used on smaller framed bodies or more frail or sensitive individuals.


The Long…

I typically use longer length needles around 3 inches to treat Sciatica pain.

This is because a longer needle is needed in order to get past the adipose (fat tissue) layer, down into the muscle and the area where the sciatic nerve is inflamed in the hip/ buttock area.

This helps lower the inflammation around the nerve to relieve the pain and numbness.

Read More Acupuncture FAQ’s Here


In Summary

Acupuncture needles come in all varieties. Some are used for dry needling, some for increasing collagen production in the face.

Read about Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture for Wrinkles Here.

Here at Aleesha D Acupuncture, Aleesha Ackerman uses never-used before, sterile, stainless steel FDA-approved needles which come in sealed packages. Used needles are considered biohazard waste, are never re-used and always disposed of in the sharps container, just like hospitals do.

Did you know that Licensed Acupuncturists pay a state medical tax?

You can always trust Aleesha’s years of experience. She knows which type of needle to use for each specific point, no matter what you are being treated for.


Thank you for Reading

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain-many years after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute, chronic pain, digestion and Women’s Health by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual. Women come to her everyday with Infertility, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low libido and low energy. 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!


Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.



This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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