Is it safe to perform acupuncture on myself?

Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Self-treatment with acupuncture is not recommended, either with needles or other gadgets. Only a properly trained practitioner is qualified to objectively diagnose and administer appropriate acupuncture. Gadgets sold with manuals indicating "certain points for certain symptoms" do not use traditional acupuncture theory, and the self-treating patient can easily overlook other relevant symptoms.

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