Side Effects Of Acupuncture

Receiving an Acupuncture treatment from a qualified Licensed Acupuncturist is very safe.

Nevertheless, we feel it is important to inform you of the possible side effects of acupuncture:

1. There is a slight chance that a bruise may appear at the site of the needle insertion. This is due to lightly brushing a blood vessel. The bruise should dissipate within a few days. Gently rub the area to keep the blood circulating. This may or may not occur at any time during your course of treatments.

2. Slight swelling may occur around the insertion site. The swelling will usually dissipate within 2 to 24 hours. This is just a skin reaction and happens very rarely.

3. Slight redness may appear around the site of insertion. This is usually due to an increase of blood circulation around the needle. This is fairly common and disappears after a couple minutes or hours.

4. If the needle brushes the sheath of a nerve, the area will be sore during and after that treatment for several days. This occurs very rarely.

5. You may experience some light-headedness or dizziness after a treatment. This usually lasts only a few minutes. There is no hurry for you to leave. If you need to sit for awhile, please feel free to do so in the lobby.

6. You may be slightly tired after a treatment, this is due to the deep relaxation state that is created. We ask that you take your time in getting up off the treatment table.

Acupuncture has been found to work on approximately 90% of the population. Ten percent of the population does not respond. To date, we have no known means to determine who will respond and who will not. Thus, the only way to know is to keep note of all changes. If after ten acupuncture treatments we see no change, we will consider you to be part of that ten percent.

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