Calls for acupuncture needle quality review

Researchers from RMIT in Melbourne used a scanning electron microscope to examine the surface conditions and other physical properties of 10 randomly chosen needles from each of the leading brands before and after a session.

The images showed significant surface irregularities and inconsistencies, such as metallic lumps and small, loosely attached pieces of material at the needle tips.

The researchers said some of the fragments disappeared after an acupuncture session, which meant they could