Needles and Equipment
A.P. Hilado, MD September 1, 1998
Other than Seirin needles(which tend to be a little pricey), any recommendations on disposable needle types? In MY hands, my patients don't seem to like the "Acu-Master or Viva" type needles. I haven't had experience using other manufacturers, so any suggestions on others worth trying would be appreciated,especially any input on makers of the longer(disposable) needles? Also...does anyone know a supplier of ion-pumping cords (of varying length)? Thank you for any and all suggestions.
Gene Hong, MD September 5, 1998
I have used Hua Tuo brand needles. They seem to be well tolerated. They are longer and a little thicker than the Seirin needles. I have also used Carbo-clean and reuseable Hua Tuo needles. I think I use different needles in different clinical situations. On hand, feet, and facial points I tend to use the thinest Japanese needles I can find. I also use them with new patients who are anxious about the needling procedure. With back pain, musculoskeletal pain, etc.., in order to "get" to the point I will use needles that are long enough and sturdy enough for me to get qi.
A.P. Hilado, MD January 27, 1999
One of my colleagues (anaesth) custom makes ion pumping cords for me of varying lengths. He can be reached at RLeh415534@aol.com
Gary Raflo, MD February 1, 1999
Does anyone have any experience with any of the laser acupunture devices, either in adults or children? Also are there any reputable referrences regarding their use or effectiveness?
A.P. Hilado, MD February 7, 1999
What IS microcurrent acupuncture and how does it differ fr the usual electro-acupucnture? I am getting flyers for courses offering this, but I'm not sure of it's validity. Would appreciate any information on this.
Thiam H. Lie, MD March 2, 1999
I happen to notice the following warning on the stimulator (IC-1107) by Ito and the Pointer Plus : Caution: Investigational device limited by US law to investigational use. How do you convince your hospital adiministrator that it is acceptable to use these devices in a hospital setting to treat patient.
KImber Rotchford MD March 4, 1999
One hospital I applied to required that the instrument be examined and found to be safe by their in house "experts". The current hospital where I have privileges didn't question my authority as an expert in the field as to the safety and indications for use of the instrument. You can tell the admistration that acupuncture needles had the same warning attached to them only a couple of years ago...yet were widely used and of obvious safety.
The liability to the hospital for you to use this device is "extremely" small. You can say that after a complete review of the literature on adverse effects there was no mention of this device, which is the most commonly used electro stimulator being of any risk. If they are unwilling to use common sense in this matter perhaps it's best for you not to practice acupuncture in that hospital because of the climate therein and the risks thereof.
(March 10, 1999) Biomed checked the stimulator and approved.