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Is acupuncture safe?

A review by Rampes and James  revealed that serious adverse effects of acupuncture have been reported ranging from trauma to underlying organs (for example pneumothorax: puncture of the lung cavity) to infections (hepatitis B). Most serious adverse effects are preventable by appropriate practitioner training.

In the past, practitioners used reusable needles, which required careful sterilization. Unfortunately, poor sterilization resulted in several outbreaks of hepatitis B worldwide. Overall, the conclusion of the review was that acupuncture is relatively safe.

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