Acupuncture Safety

Acupuncture Safety?

Won't acupuncture kill you?

Don't they stick needles into you?

Is that a good idea?!

Safety Concerns

Compared with orthodox Western medicine, Chinese Medicine - including acupuncture - when practised by qualified and experienced individuals has an amazing record of safety.

Nevertheless, as time has gone by, and it becomes more popular, Governments are taking more interest and the medical professions are getting concerned about acupuncture safety.

Acupuncture Safety History

First, a bit of history, covering the way orthodox thinking goes.

In 1986 the British Medical Association produced a report which panned all forms of Alternative Medicine.

In 1994 their next report reversed many of the findings of the first report, at least as regards acupuncture and homeopathy.

In November 2000 the Select Committee of the (United Kingdom's) House of Lords reported on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In effect they approved wholeheartedly of five therapies:

Since 2000 there has been a tremendous amount of research into acupuncture and its effects, not least into acupuncture safety.

I get research updates monthly through a news data service, and am amazed at how much work is being done by researchers worldwide.

Acupuncture Safety Concerns

Acupuncture is used throughout the world. Its benefits have been seen in treating acute and chronic illness, pain, in assisting with addiction withdrawal, at childbirth, and in anaesthesia.

The World Health Authority lists a huge number of conditions which it regards as being treatable with acupuncture.

Safety Concerns about Acupuncture 
Professor Edzart Ernst when at the Department of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University, Devon, England, became something of an acupuncture 'killer'.

However, some of the claims he made for the danger of acupuncture were unjustified. For example, 'acupuncture has killed 30 people': actually, this was during a period of thirty years, and was world-wide.

Compare that with the numbers of people dying annually from surgery, or dying from prescribed medication….!

In other words from iatrogenic reasons.

In any case, one of the 30 people who died was a woman in Sweden who stabbed herself with a knitting needle: not acupuncture at all!

Any therapy that can do good can cause ill. 

There are certainly safety concerns about unqualified practitioners using acupuncture needles, of course.

Also, hygiene is an issue: nowadays, no needles are used more than once, although there is doubt as to whether this is really necessary.

But in general, given the enormous number of treatments worldwide, acupuncture can be considered a remarkably safe therapy with very few safety concerns, when performed by qualified professionals.

Considerable research has now been carried out on the safety of acupuncture, with very positive results.

Click for more on this and for the results of a major study into safety concerns for acupuncture.

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