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How deep do acupuncture needles go?

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

How deep do acupuncture needles go?

Acupuncture points are located near or on the surface of the skin. Usually needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth. Depth of insertion will depend on nature of the condition being treated, the patients' size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturists' style or school.

Are acupuncture needles ever inserted deeper that one inch?

Yes.  For instance; there is a great acupuncture point for sciatica that is located on the buttocks.  The needle is usually inserted three to four inches.

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