Acupuncture widely regarded to be a safe form of treatment when performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are required to follow strict safety protocols, such as using sterilized needles and disposing of them properly after use and proper needle inventory practices. While minor side effects such as bruising, bleeding, or soreness at the needle site can occur, serious adverse effects are extremely rare.
One of the reasons acupuncture is considered safe is because it is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve the use of drugs or surgery. Instead, it involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture is also a personalized treatment that takes into account the individual’s unique needs and medical history. The acupuncturist will conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient before beginning treatment to ensure that acupuncture is safe and appropriate.
While acupuncture is generally safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. Pregnant women, individuals with bleeding disorders, or those taking blood-thinning medications should consult with their healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. Patients with pacemakers or other electronic implants may also be advised to avoid acupuncture due to the potential risk of interference. In addition, it is important to choose a licensed acupuncturist who is trained in safe practices to minimize any risks associated with the treatment.