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Is acupuncture safe?

When practiced by a trained and registered acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe.

There are 361 standard points on the body and students of acupuncture learn the basic anatomy, needling depth and angle of insertion for each point.

Sealed, sterile, stainless steel needles are used for single use before disposal. No needles are re-used.  

Needle depth is usually quite shallow and in proportion with the individual’s body size.

Acupuncture is safe and effective during pregnancy where it is used to treat morning sickness, back pain, correct breech position, induce or shorten labour.

It is better for individuals to have a light snack before an acupuncture session to avoid becoming light-headed. There is a physiological response to acupuncture needles: when Qi moves it may be regarded as ‘work’ by the body, so tired and hungry individuals may become light-headed and faint, although this is not common.

Many patients become more relaxed, and it is not unusual for patients to fall asleep during a session.

Each individual responds uniquely to acupuncture and this response provides useful information to further assess the patient’s condition and constitution.