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