Is acupuncture a risky?

Is acupuncture a safe treatment?

While acupuncture is generally a safe procedure, the studies did find occasional minor problems, such as needles left in patients by mistake, headaches after treatment, and drowsiness.

Can acupuncture do more harm than good?

About 90 deaths after acupuncture have been anecdotally documented in the medical literature. Thus, acupuncture has been associated with more deaths than most other ‘alternative’ therapies except herbal medicine. This does not, of course, necessarily mean that the frequency of such events is higher.

When does acupuncture go wrong?

When we talk about adverse effects, that’s when people experience a negative effect from the acupuncture. Most treatment modalities can have some sort of adverse effect, like surgery may lead to infection or haemorrhage; or taking aspirin can upset your stomach or give you heartburn.

Can you get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Even a disposable needle can break. Acupuncture needles rarely break 7, but they may damage a spinal nerve root 8,9 or a peripheral nerve 10.

What happens if acupuncture hits a nerve?

More painful pressure points

If a needle hits a small nerve, muscle, or blood vessel, you may feel some pain or a more intense sensation. A single sensation is OK as long as it’s brief. Points on the extremities are more likely to produce stronger reactions in the form of dull aches or tingling sensations.

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What should you not do after acupuncture?

Here’s what to avoid after acupuncture.

  • Strenuous Exercise. You don’t have to avoid exercise altogether, but it would probably be best to slow down a bit. …
  • Caffeine. …
  • Alcohol. …
  • Junk Food. …
  • Ice. …
  • TV and Other Screens.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment alone or in combination with conventional therapies to treat the following:

  • Nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer chemotherapy.
  • Dental pain after surgery.
  • Addiction.
  • Headaches.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Tennis elbow.

How often should you get acupuncture?

For instance, we often suggest getting acupuncture treatment two or three times a week for the first few weeks. After that initial series of acupuncture treatments, you might only need a “tune-up” treatment session once a week or every couple of weeks to maintain your health.

How far do acupuncture needles go in?

Generally the needles are inserted approximately ¼- to ½-inch deep.