With acupuncture, there are very few negative side effects. As the flow of energy is redirected within the body, healing begins to take place. Sometimes symptoms can worsen for a day or two, or other changes in sleep, bowel and appetite may be observed. These signs are an indication that the acupuncture is starting to do its work. Occasionally a client may feel a little disoriented or light-headed immediately following a treatment. These sensations are temporary and will pass within a short period of time.
Quite often, a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and after treatments, and this is one of the positive side effects of acupuncture. This sensation may last for hours or days, depending upon the client. Other positive side effects commonly reported include calmness, mental alertness, euphoria, a pleasant fatigue, and improved sleep.
As for the risks of acupuncture, when acupuncture is performed by a trained and qualified practitioner, there are minimal risks. These risks include fainting or nausea (called "needle sickness"), bruising, bleeding, muscle spasm.
The more serious (and very rare) risks of acupuncture include punctured lung, nerve
damage and accidental injury to internal organs.
To eliminate the risk of cross-contamination, we use only sterile, single-use, disposable needles for our clients. Once they are used, they are discarded into a special biohazard waste container, never to be used again.