Are acupuncture needles sterile and safe and do they hurt?

Q: Are acupuncture needles sterile and safe and does it hurt?
A: Our clinic use one time use disposal sterilized needles, the needles not much thicker than a strand of hair, their insertion is most commonly painless. Needles can be quickly adjusted if the patient does feel discomfort. If any sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very quickly. Once the needles are inserted, they may be manipulated to obtain a mild “Der-Qi” sensation. This is how an acupuncturist engages the energy in your body in order to help balance it. Often people describe the sensations as warming, heavy, numb or tingling. Most people are surprised at how painless and relaxing acupuncture is – many people actually fall asleep during treatment!