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Poll Results for the following Question:

When inserting acupuncture needles, do you use a guide tube?

Results:

Yes
76.4%
No
23.6%

Total Respondents: 313

Comments:

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ranjankol@sify.com
No Idonot feel the necessity.

benitoandrade@latinmail.com
 El referir mayor seguridad en evitar infecciones, es muy relativo, me parece que se busca mas la comodidad que el arte de de saber introducir una aguja.

benitoandrade@latinmail.com
No Por lo regular al utilizar guia (tubo) se disminuye la certeza del lugar de puncion, al utilizar la distension de piel, con la insercion en dos fases se logra hacer una puntura no dolorosa y con mayor exactitud.

rmaki@saude.rj.gov.br
Yes The use of guide tube is important to prevent contamination and infection of the acupuncturist and patient. In state of Rio de Janeiro we have a course of Bio security in Acupuncture and recomend use of chirurgical gloves, guide tube and disposible materials.
Dr. Ricardo Maki
State Programan of Acupuncture Cordinator.
http://www.saude.rj.gov.br/Acupuntura/home.shtml

edegunsch@hotmail.com
Yes because of sepsis risks I prefer using a tube.

grego989@msn.com
No I wonder if this should be a "Yes or No" question. Most often, I don't use guide tubes, but sometimes I do. Maybe the question should offer percentage of insertions for which one uses a guide tube.

waklias@yahoo.com
No Sometime I use tube and others is not, Tube is reduce pain and usefull for begineer acupuncturist, but when we have a high skill with needle inserting, tube is not required any more. Practics make perfect.

Anonymous
Yes I use guide tubes often ... about 75% of the time and frequently utilize free hand insertion.

I think making blanket statements about what practitioners "should" do says more about the person making the statement than anything.

While I would agree that skill is a major component of free hand needle comfort ... the individual patient's level of sensitivity is important to consider. Guide tube needling is just easier for some patients to take ... and it is much faster for the practitioner.

I say, don't just vote your conscience but enact your conscience. I am confident that I am doing my best for my patients ... with or without guide tubes.

Anonymous
No No, it's not required by law...ever see a guide tube in China? India? Guide tubes were invented for blind acupuncturists in Japan...they serve no other purpose! Wash your hands, put in the needles!

Anonymous
No About 90% of the time I use free hand insertions. As a long
time practitioner and practitioner of Qigong, I find that I have
much more control over the needling freehand. I also think
that I have better control over manipulating my patient's Qi
without tubes.

That said, each to their own of course.

Although I do tell my students that tubes are for the weak!
Only once a practitioner masters both tube insertions and
freehand insertions can they possibly decide which is better
in which situations.

The idea that tube insertions are less painful is simply
wrong. A masterful freehand insertion is as comfortable if
not more so than a tube insertion.

Anonymous
Yes This is required by law (as I Understand it) in my state, California!

jeffb225@yahoo.com
Yes I use the guide tube for guaranteed speed.

aungmyatthwin@gmail.com
No 1.Time consuming
2.Extra work
3.Practice with freehand puncture reduced

drmagicpen@yahoo.com
No none at this time

Anonymous
Yes 80% with guide tube, 20% freehand

petersworld9000@hotmail.com
 it depends on who i am needdeling and also what point it is i am using

Anonymous
Yes no matter what methods we use, eliminating insersion needle pain is our common goal.

Anonymous
No what's a guide tube?

dharbison1@comcast.net
Yes I do! UNless it is in the ear, and afew other points like Yintang!

eckdclark@hotmail.com
Yes I mostly use guide tube however, on the ear or scalp I use needles without tubes.

wlwojak1@gte.net
Yes OSHA kinda makes it difficult to get away from it.

Anonymous
Yes I do not use tubes for ear needling.

Anonymous
Yes I use thin, Japanese style needles which are hard to insert without a tube. For thicker needles, handling the shaft makes insertion easier, but CNT prohibits touching the shaft.

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