When acupuncture therapy is administered by a qualified professional it is a very safe form of treatment.
You’re considering acupuncture, but you are unfamiliar with it, so naturally you have questions. One of those questions may be, “How safe is it?” In fact, acupuncture is safe and has a low number of side effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in 1996, began categorizing acupuncture needles as medical instruments. This means that the needles used must be sterile and disposable. The acupuncturist doesn’t even open the package containing the needles until they are ready to be used. In addition, the area of skin receiving the needles will be cleaned with an antiseptic.
There are very few side effects and these are generally minor. The skin may bruise somewhat or be a bit irritated. There may be slight bleeding. Some people may experience some lightheadedness or fatigue after a session.
Keep in mind there are certain instances in which acupuncture isn’t appropriate. These include people who take blood thinners such as Coumadin or Heparin. Also, those with pacemakers, infusion pumps, or electrical devices are advised not to receive acupuncture.
The best thing you can do to feel confident is to ensure that the acupuncturist is licensed. This way you’ll know that the acupuncturist has the knowledge and training not only to skillfully perform acupuncture, but to keep you safe as well. Marti Springer is a certified Florida acupuncture physician in Tallahassee, and is excited to help you learn about and experience the benefits of acupuncture. Call 850-566-4711.