Acupuncture & Side Effects

Acupuncture is a very safe therapeutic method that encourages the body's natural healing abilities. When it is administered properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects. You will likely feel a brief sting, similar to a pinprick, during the insertion of the needles. Sometimes, after the needle is inserted, you may experience a dull ache in the skin surrounding the needle.

A common side effect may be a change in sleep patterns. Additionally, changes in appetite, bowel or urination patterns, and emotional states could ensue. However, these are not cause for concern, but simply part of the process as acupuncture works to move energy that is stagnant in certain areas of your body. Another, more pleasant, side effect within the first two treatments is a deep sense of relaxation immediately following the treatment. You might be slightly disoriented as well, but this will abate within 24-48 hours.

Risks such as nausea, dizziness, bleeding, fainting, bruising, and nerve damage are rare in association with acupuncture. Typically, issues will clear up on their own within a few minutes.

As for herbs, many of the components of herbal formulas in traditional Chinese medicine have an extremely low toxicity compared to common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. When they are prescribed according to a correct Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis, they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results.

If you find yourself feeling any pain or discomfort whatsoever in association with the acupuncture or herbal formulas, be sure to communicate with Lydia immediately. 


Lydia Akhzar, L.Ac. | 3106 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.299.1426
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