What are the health benefits and risks of acupuncture

All therapies have benefits and risks.

The possible benefits of acupuncture are:

  • When performed correctly it is safe
  • There are very few side effects
  • It is a very effective combination treatment
  • It is effective in controlling some types of pain
  • It may be considered for patients who do not respond to pain medications
  • It is a useful alternative for patients who do not want to take pain medications.

There are some possible risks in acupuncture if:

  • the patient has a bleeding disorder
  • the patient is taking blood thinners
  • the needle breaks (very rare)

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