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Is bruising normal after acupuncture?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Bruising is a normal occurrence in acupuncture -- especially in sensitive areas such as the face, legs, and hands. This is due to the perforation of the tiny blood vessels by the needle. If the bruising grows, becomes painful or bleeds, seek medical attention; otherwise, it should subside within two to three days of the treatment.

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