Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. Only sterile, single use disposable needles are used. Complications due to acupuncture are extremely rare and there are virtually no adverse side effects. Over five thousand years of clinical experience have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective medical treatment. Advise your acupuncturist if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant so that they know to avoid points used to induce labour.
Out of 68,000 recorded treatments in two 2001 surveys in the UK, there were only 14 minor (bruising, feeling nauseous) adverse events. There have been very few reports of serious adverse events, and most adverse effects are transient, lasting no more than a day or so.