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Insertion tubes have become a standard for acupuncture needle delivery systems. In fact, this method is preferred to free needling by many professional acupuncturists, and with good reason. Using a guide tube will allow you to insert acupuncture needles swiftly. This in turn reduces pain when needles break the skin surface. Pain reduction however is not the only reason why guide tubes come quite in handy. Insertion tubes allow acupuncturists to maintain the clean needling technique (CNT). The guide tube covers the entire shaft of the needle, thus the practitioner is able to insert the needle without touching the needle.
Striking an acupuncture point with precision largely depends on the technique used by the practitioner. Guide tubes do help to increase accuracy if you know how to use them correctly. The key to accuracy when needling with a tube is to hold the needle firmly against the insertion tube with one hand. Then right before you tap the needle where you want it to go, you can release the pressure on the hand holding the needle shaft. This simple and swift technique is always accurate. With a little of practice, you will master how to insert the needle using the guide tube with accuracy.
Seirin produces some of the most user-friendly acupuncture needles with guide tubes. Their needles are famous for the glue spot technology, which retains the needle in the tube during insertion. All you have to do is gently push the needle towards the glue spot prior to insertion. This helps the needle to come out in the center of the tube hole. As a result, the needle does not puncture the sides of the tube, which would cause you to miss your acupuncture point. The best part about this needle removal technique is that it can be performed with just one hand.