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Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has minimal side-effects when administered by a qualified practitioner. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates acupuncture needles used by licensed practitioners and requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and for single use only. Most practitioners use sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to prevent infection and clean treatment sites with alcohol before inserting needles.

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