7 Side Effects of Acupuncture That May Happen

7 Side Effects of Acupuncture That May Happen

7 Side Effects of Acupuncture That May Happen


Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been known for centuries. They believe that this therapy improves body function and supports the natural self-healing process by stimulating a specific location in the body called the acupuncture point. However, this treatment also has the possibility of different side effects, ranging from mild to severe.

The following is a list of possible acupuncture side effects:

1. Fatigue

Although acupuncture can usually increase energy, people can feel tired after acupuncture. This is a warning sign that you need to rest. If you experience it, relax for the rest of the day like sleeping early. The combination of acupuncture and rest will make you feel healthy again.

2. Skin rash

Skin rashes, redness, and itching due to acupuncture can be caused by the entry of an infection or may be related to relatively benign contact dermatitis due to needle stimulation. If your rash doesn't improve in a few days or even worsens, let the dermatologist know.

3. Pain

The needle pierced part of the body can become painful after the needle is removed, especially the palms and toes. Pain due to acupuncture usually disappears within 24 hours. In rare cases, bruises can appear at the location of the needle puncture. However, don't be confused because this is not something to worry about and is nothing more than aesthetic discomfort.

4. Muscle twitching

People can experience involuntary muscle twitching during or after acupuncture. If you feel that one of your muscles has an acute seizure, especially if it is a muscle that has just been punctured, immediately notify your acupuncture practitioner.

5. Dizzy

Getting up quickly from the acupuncture table can cause dizziness. If your head feels light after treatment, sit in the acupuncture practitioner's waiting room for a few minutes and take a deep breath.

6. Release of emotions

Sometimes people cry during treatment. Not because they are in pain, but because their emotions, which may be held back during life, flow out. Emotional release is positive, but it can be surprising.

7. Organ injury

If the needle is inserted too deeply, the needle can pierce the internal organs — especially the lungs. This is just a rare extraordinary experience from a practitioner.

Look out, not everyone can undergo acupuncture!

Acupuncture is not necessarily suitable for everyone. The following health conditions can increase the risk of acupuncture complications and side effects:

  • Bleeding disorders. The possibility of needle bleeding will increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you use blood thinning drugs, such as warfarin, so let the acupuncturist know first.
  • Using a pacemaker. Acupuncture includes low-power electrical applications, so the needle can interfere with the work of the pacemaker.
  • Being pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which can cause premature birth.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Also Read:

  • Various Benefits and Risks of Doing Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture while pregnant, what are the benefits?
  • Can Acupuncture Help Get Pregnant Quickly?


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