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When should acupuncture not be used?

 

Acupuncture is generally a safe form of treatment. Research shows that the risk of serious events occurring in association with acupuncture is very low, below that of many common medical treatments.9

 

There are some circumstances when some types of acupuncture may not be used.6 These include:

  1. If a patient is vulnerable to infection. Risk factors for infection are:
  • ·valvular heart disease
  • ·immunosuppression – either drug-induced, or secondary to a medical condition
  1. If a patient has a tendency to excessive bleeding. However, if a patient is on well-managed anticoagulant therapy, they may still be able to have acupuncture, as long as the needling is not near major blood vessels or near joint spaces6
  2. If a patient has a cardiac pace-maker, then electroacupuncture is avoided in certain areas6
  3.  If the patient is too anxious about receiving acupuncture treatment

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