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What are the risks and side effects of acupuncture?

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When done by an experienced, trained acupuncturist, the procedure is generally safe. Serious side effects, such as infections or punctured organs, are rare.

From: Acupuncture for Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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