Acupuncture for Headache

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RISK: 5/5

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While the risks of health complications due to acupuncture are low, side effects are possible. These can include:

  • Soreness – After acupuncture, soreness, minor bleeding and bruising at needles sites may occur.
  • Organ Injury – If needles are pushed too deeply, they can perforate internal organs such as the lung, however such instances are extremely rare.
  • Infections – Acupuncturists are required to be licensed and to use sterile and disposable needles.
  • Pregnancy – Acupuncture can sometimes stimulate labor, resulting in a premature pregnancy.

Based on our review of the risks, acupuncture appears to be a safe treatment if used properly.

Sources:

Lao, Lixing; Hamilton, Gayle R; Fu, Jianping; Berman, Brian M. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 9.1(Jan/Feb 2003): 72-83.

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction#hed3

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