This article is from the Alternative
Medicine Therapies guide.
B and other contagious diseases can be transmitted from needles
that aren't sterilized properly. A reputable practitioner will
only use disposable needles.
certain acupuncture points, particularly those on or near the
abdomen, can trigger uterine contractions and could induce premature
labor and possibly miscarriage. Be sure to tell the acupuncturist
if you are pregnant or think you may be. Before using acupuncture
to treat morning sickness, consult your physician.
- People on
anticoagulant drugs may bleed easily even when thin acupuncture
needles are inserted. Consult your physician before having acupuncture
if you are on such medication.
stimulation of acupuncture needles could cause problems for people
with pacemakers, as could magnets, which are sometimes used to
- Anyone with
a compromised immune system needs to be especially careful that
the acupuncturist is using disposable needles.
- If you have
diabetes, the practitioner should insert needles into your limbs
only with extreme caution. Even a small skin cut in a person with
diabetic neuropathy can turn into a severe infection.