We here at Acufast Needles are excited to share with you an endorsement of our efforts to reduce needle waste in our profession and our give back to Nature tree planting program. The Acupuncture Now Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide practitioners with resources to help them promote acupuncture in their community. They provide white papers, video clips, research papers and a database of practitioners in various countries. We encourage you to visit their site at https://www.acunow.org/ and review all the wonderful materials available to help support your efforts to promote awareness of the benefits of acupuncture. 

Here is what they had to say about our needles and our Acufast Movement with its Yin (reducing needle waste) and Yang (give back to Nature by planting trees) goals. We hope you join in with us and start being part of this exciting change movement!

Hello Friends of the ANF,

I am writing today to help raise awareness of a new development I think has been badly needed for many years now  – a new acupuncture needle and packaging system that greatly reduces waste (acu-trash).

The product is Acufast and this is the passion project of John Stan and Kelly Kitchen of Eastern Currents Ltd. They also are part of the team that puts together the great Net of Knowledge online resources.

As much as I like the idea of reducing the considerable waste disposable needles create, I let John know upfront that I would not be comfortable promoting these products if I did not like the needle quality.

I really, really like the needles. They have a metal wrap handle that is thinner than any I have ever seen and the needle itself is easily as painless as Seiren needles at a fraction of the cost.

Every aspect of the needling process as well as the needle, guide tubes, and their packaging has been reimagined to generate less waste and simplify needling. The Acufast folks even developed a tool to calculate just how much less waste you would generate using their products. It will blow your mind. That tool and a lot of information and videos can be found on the Acufast website www.acufastneedles.com.  Oh – and Acufast will plant a tree for every two boxes of needles you buy.

Acufast products are now available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada and will soon be available is the E.U., the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. Links for U.S. and Canadian suppliers are below.

Canada: Eastern Currents Ltd
USA:   Golden Flower Chinese Herbs
USA: Lhasa OMS

Full disclosure.  Acufast has become a supporting sponsor of the ANF. They donate $100 a month to help us carry out our mission of educating people about acupuncture.  But, as I told John about the importance of needle quality, I would not be giving such a ringing personal endorsement of Acufast products if I did not really like these needles and truly believe this is an important step in the right direction for the acupuncture community.

Thanks everybody for taking the time to read this and your support of the ANF.

Stay well –

Matthew Bauer, L.Ac.

About the Author: John Stan
John Stan is the founder and co-owner of Eastern Currents Ltd., the Vancouver Canada based manufacturer of the Acufast needles. Eastern Currents is also an importer and national distributor of acupuncture/natural heath products. John is also a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine with over 30 years of experience.

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