Acupuncture is a safe and natural practice that doesn’t typically cause any negative side effects. Most people who receive acupuncture will experience relief with no lasting effects. However, there are some potential side effects to be aware of:

  • Minor bleeding or bruising near the needle insertion site. This is usually temporary and can be prevented by using sterile needles.
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy after your treatment. This is usually caused by a sudden release of energy in the body, so you should take some time to rest before returning to your normal activities.
  • Minor muscular soreness at or near the insertion site. Again, this is temporary and should go away within a few hours.
  • Occasionally, some people may experience an emotional response to their acupuncture treatment. This is due to the release of feelings that have been suppressed in the body and can be a positive sign of progress in therapy.

If you are concerned about any potential side effects from your acupuncture session, discuss this with your acupuncturist beforehand.