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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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Imagine relief from back pain without medication. Imagine childbirth without the intense pain. These are just a few of the many benefits acupuncture may provide. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago. It involves ...

a technique using very thin needles, which are strategically inserted in certain parts of your body. The theory is founded on balancing the flow of energy (qi or chi) through pathways (meridians) in your body. Practitioners believe that by restoring the energy flow, a re-balancing and restoration of harmony will be restored to your body. Western medicine is becoming more and more open to this ancient practice, and over the past several decades, acupuncture has been looked upon as a favorable alternative to treating many conditions.
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