Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing as researchers evaluate the best ways to measure how the body responds to it. The focus has to date been mainly on pain management. Worldwide clinical studies are in progress to understand how acupuncture can be beneficial for many more conditions. You can read factsheets about the latest acupuncture research at www.acupuncture.org.uk
Is it Safe?
Two research studies conducted in 2011 and 2012 concluded that when practiced by properly trained and qualified acupuncturists, the risk of adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low.
Does it have side effects?
Sometimes a small bruise can appear at the needle site. Occasionally people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment. But this passes quickly.