British Medical Journal research has identified Acupuncture as extremely safe, it is one of the safest medical treatments you can have.
When practised by a fully qualified practitioner of Traditional Acupuncture, it is rare to have any side effects from Acupuncture other than feeling better of course. Any minor side effects that can rarely occur are mild and self-correcting.
Research Into The Safety Of Acupuncture
Two independent surveys were published in the British Medical Journal. The 2001 study showed that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to Acupuncture is very very low, and much less than many orthodox medical treatments. One survey was of ‘Traditional Acupuncturists’, who are trained fully in Chinese medicine, and the other of doctors practising the more limited form of ‘medical acupuncture’. A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed altogether, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded.
In 2003 a survey of 6,000 patients of acupuncture produced almost identical figures.
I work to the highest professional standards as laid down by the British Acupuncture Council which is the largest body governing Acupuncturists in the UK. You can read more about these professional standards here