Advertisement

Is there anyone who shouldn't use acupuncture treatment?

Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
There are some relative contraindications (somewhat inadvisable not ruled out) as well as one absolute contraindication (absolutely inadvisable) for acupuncture.

The relative contraindications are:
1.Patients who are unwilling or afraid
2.Bleeding disorders, anticoagulant use
3.Patients with immune disorders
4.Skin disorders or infections at the needle site
5.Metal allergies
6.Valvular heart disease
7.Patients who will operate heavy machinery immediately following acupuncture

The one absolute contraindication for acupuncture is for acupuncture using electric stimulation or electro acupuncture on people with pacemakers.

Continue Learning about Acupuncture

The Power of Acupuncture
The Power of Acupuncture
You may not like the idea of being needled, but acupuncture has been a go-to therapy for over 5,000 years. And this Chinese healing art...
Read More
What is moxibustion for back pain?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
After the common cold, back pain ranks as the second biggest reason why people visit their doctor. T...
More Answers
What are the training requirements for acupuncturists?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
The ancient Asian therapy of placing tiny needles into specific areas of the body for countless purp...
More Answers
What Are the Risks Involved with Ear Stapling?
What Are the Risks Involved with Ear Stapling?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.