The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.
Can you get bruising from acupuncture?
Minor bleeding or bruising may occur after acupuncture. You may experience some increase in symptoms initially following treatment. Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment. Tell your therapist about this, although this is usually a good sign that you will respond well to acupuncture treatment.
What should you not do after acupuncture?
Here’s what to avoid after acupuncture.
- Strenuous Exercise. You don’t have to avoid exercise altogether, but it would probably be best to slow down a bit. …
- Caffeine. …
- Alcohol. …
- Junk Food. …
- Ice. …
- TV and Other Screens.
How common is bruising with acupuncture?
Although uncommon, some patients may experience bruising at the insertion site after acupuncture. These bruises are rarely uncomfortable, with their biggest effect being purely aesthetic. It is unknown why some people bruise during acupuncture while others do not, but in general, bruising is no need for concern.
What happens if an acupuncture needle hits a nerve?
If a needle hits a small nerve, muscle, or blood vessel, you may feel some pain or a more intense sensation. A single sensation is OK as long as it’s brief. Points on the extremities are more likely to produce stronger reactions in the form of dull aches or tingling sensations.
Can acupuncture go wrong?
Although nobody has ever died from acupuncture gone wrong (in the UK at the time of writing) there can be some serious side effects if the needles aren’t placed correctly. If the needle is incorrectly inserted – wrong angle, or too deep, or just completely wrong location, there is a chance for it to hit a nerve.
Why do I feel worse after acupuncture?
Intensified Symptoms: acupuncture stimulates the body to help it heal faster, and as a result, it can intensify your symptoms as your body works through it. The increased intensity means that your body is healing.
What happens to your body after acupuncture?
Body parts where acupuncture needles get inserted can feel sore after needles are removed. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. These bruises usually don’t hurt and last a few days after the treatment.
How do I know acupuncture is working?
Well, you should treat your body the same. When you first start doing acupuncture you’ll notice bodily sensations more acutely, that is to say, you will be more aware of the little things you didn’t notice before and more clued in to how your body is functioning overall. Your senses will be keener and more awakened.
How often should you have acupuncture?
For instance, we often suggest getting acupuncture treatment two or three times a week for the first few weeks. After that initial series of acupuncture treatments, you might only need a “tune-up” treatment session once a week or every couple of weeks to maintain your health.