A word from the World Health Organization…
Should anyone avoid acupuncture?
In general, acupuncture is totally safe and well tolerated. One large study found only 43 minor adverse events associated with 34,407 acupuncture treatments. No serious adverse effects were reported. Some health care providers may avoid treatment during pregnancy. Others may be very competent in treating patients who are pregnant. There are certain points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, however other points are thought to benefit pregnancy. Make sure your acupuncture practitioner is competent in addressing the question of risks and benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy before you receive treatment. Tell your acupuncturist about any treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. According to some theories, acupuncture is not recommended during menstruation. (but not at Tao to Wellness, we see women in all stages of their cycle!)
As a whole, acupuncture is the most accessible medicine there is. It can be used on anyone at any age and in any place (in an office or in the field, think of the old time barefoot doctor roaming the countrysides of China). It’s a beautiful medicine that doesn’t add anything to the body (another medication) or take anything away, it simply utilizes what the body already has and makes the changes necessary to operate at optimal health. Totally self regulating.
Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for fifteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.