Is intense pain normal after acupuncture?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Although it is generally true that sometimes symptoms may get worse for several acupuncture treatments before subsiding, severe pain that lasts more than a few days or worsens is a sign of concern. Discuss the situation with your practitioner. If the pain becomes unbearable or other complications arise, such as headaches, dizziness, numbness, nausea, vomiting or blurred vision, contact a physician or an emergency center immediately.

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