The practitioner must use CLEAN NEEDLE TECHNIQUE - CNT is a technique for minimizing the creation or spreading of infection. It’s a part of the NCCAOM - National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam. Most state’s laws do not require CNT by name but require “safe techniques or procedures”. Essence is the keyword for this issue. The important thing is whether the practitioner takes precautions against causing or spreading infection.
Cure and treatment are very different things. OM treats the range of human illness but it doesn’t work every time for every condition. No form of medicine does.
Pay as services are rendered, not by contract. Your current diagnosis should determine how much treatment you need, not your bank account. The principle of on-going health maintenance is part of the foundation of OM. However, the work of health maintenance should progressively shift from practitioner to patient. This means that as a patient’s health improves the number of treatments should decrease. How fast improvement occurs is specific to each patient.