Acupuncture is currently one of the most common procedures carried out with an aim of relieving chronic back and neck pain. It involves the insertion of sterilized needles into the body by piercing them through the skin.
What are the possible side effects of acupuncture?
When correctly performed, the procedure is painless and has no side effects. However, when incorrectly carried out, the procedure can add to the chronic pain that those seeking the services of an acupuncturist are already in.
In the case that unsterilized needles are used to pierce through the skin, as is required in acupuncture, there is a possibility of infection and introduction of dangerous substances into the body. This is very dangerous as it can add to more sophisticated conditions which will further complicate the already precarious condition of the patients.
Similarly, when carried out by inexperienced or untrained individuals, acupuncture can result in the damage of tissues. The damage of tissues can be detrimental to the general health of the patient. It can lead to hemorrhage, which may further hinder the pain for the individual seeking acupuncture services.
There are instances when un-recommended needles are used during acupuncture. As widely known, there are individuals who are allergic to metallic substances and therefore, since the needles are metallic, some individuals may react upon the introduction of such substances into their bodies. This is dangerous and can further complicate the condition of the individual seeking acupuncturist services.
Can these side effects be avoided?
The side effects of acupuncture can be fully avoided. However, this takes keenness during the performance of the procedure. In most cases, untrained and inexperienced individuals who perform this procedure are reckless, a situation which prompts the emergence of these side effects. Therefore, the first step to take in the quest to avoid all the side effects of acupuncture is to choose a fully trained and highly experienced acupuncturist. To ensure that the acupuncturist possesses the experience and training that is required for undertaking the procedure, one should ensure that he/she possesses a license to operate as an acupuncturist. This licensed should be verified to authenticate claims of proper training.