It is natural to have issues about the safety of any medical technique or recovery technique. Without understanding how safe acupuncture is there is no way to make an informed choice about whether or not to seek treatment through this technique.
The response to the concern, Is acupuncture safe? Can be broken down into three different areas, danger of infection, danger of malpractice and the threat of side-effects. Each of these will be explored in this article.
Infection From Acupuncture
Acupuncture in the modern-day commercialized world is often carried out with sterile, single-use, non-reusable acupuncture needles. To additionally lower the risk of infection acupuncturists in the majority of jurisdictions are mandated to pass a “Clean Needle Technique” course. In this course, acupuncturists are taught how to prevent contamination of the needles or acupuncture sites that could result in infection. When practiced in this manner, infections due to acupuncture are exceptionally unusual. In my informal polls of acupuncturists, I have not found any individual who knew of a single case of infection!
Still, infections at the needle site can and do occur, specifically in people who have a jeopardized immune system. To prevent the danger of infections ask your acupuncturist if they use sterile, single-use, disposable acupuncture needles. You should also ask if they have passed a “Clean Needle Technique” course. If your acupuncturist complies with both of these best-practices then your danger for this type of infection will be low.
Malpractice can happen in any healing modality. While acupuncture delights in low rates of malpractice compared to conventional “western medication”, mistakes can and do happen. There are a few incidents such as punctured organs and collapsed lungs each year. In the years, 1990 through 2003 just 0.04 % of acupuncture professionals had a malpractice claim against them. Compare that to the 13.5 % of dental practitioners and 68.6 % of physicians that had a malpractice claim against them throughout the same period and the security of acupuncture can be put into correct viewpoint.
Because acupuncture affects the body in a holistic way, “side-effects” the way one may usually think about them, are uncommon. Sometimes a client will come in for treatment of one condition and have another apparently unrelated condition clear up initially. There are also times when the symptoms of a client are experiencing worsens for a couple of days after an acupuncture treatment. Usually, the signs and symptoms will begin to improve in a couple of days, particularly when acupuncture treatment is initially begun. Still, this can be alarming to someone who is not prepared for this possibility.
The recovery procedure the body goes through is different from individual to individual. It is tough to anticipate exactly how the body will react to treatment. Both of the above cases can be seen as an indicator that the acupuncture treatment is working. It is necessary to give your body sufficient time to go through its recovery procedure. Your acupuncturist will wish to know about any changes happening in your body as you go through a course of treatment.