Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and alternative, on offer in the UK.

Still life - is acupuncture safeTwo surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 evaluated ‘is acupuncture safe?’  They concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.  This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

One survey was of traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practise acupuncture.  A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed altogether, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded.

A 2003 survey of 6,000 patients of acupuncture produced almost the same figures.

Very few side effects

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture.  Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.  Treatment from a properly trained and qualified practitioner is the best guarantee of safe and effective treatment.