In general it is useful for practitioners to have the following selection of needles available to them in the clinic:
- A hypo-allergenic brand
- A higher-end lubricated brand
(A higher end needle will in general offer the patient the most comfortable experience. A more comfortable clinic experience translates into more frequent visits for general wellness. If on the other hand, expense is a concern, you should stock the above to use on an as-needed basis and then use a mid-grade needle for your general acupuncture needs.)
It is important to choose the brand that best suits your patient’s needs. Consider their situation and then match the type of needle to the presentation. If the patient has a very tight muscle or is very nervous, a standard needle would be too painful to insert and so a lubricated needle should be used. If the patient has allergic tendencies, then a hypoallergenic needle would the best option.
Having a well-stocked clinic allows you to easily customize your treatments for the best outcome. Successful treatments = happy patients = a successful practice.