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Risks & How do I find an acupuncturist?

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Risks
All therapies have risks as well as benefits.

The possible risks of acupuncture are:

It is dangerous if a patient has a bleeding disorder or takes blood thinners.
Bleeding, bruising, and soreness may occur at the insertion sites.
Unsterilized needles may infect the patient.
In rare cases, a needle may break and damage an internal organ.
When inserted deeply into the chest or upper back, there is a risk of collapsed lung, but this is very rare.
The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate acupuncture needles as medical devices. Their manufacture and labelling needs to meet certain standards. The needles must be sterile, nontoxic, and labelled for one use only, by a licensed practitioner.

As with any complementary therapy, it is advisable to use it alongside conventional treatments in cases of chronic or severe illness.

How do I find an acupuncturist?

To find a licensed practitioner, visit the website for the National Certification Commission in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Most states require practitioners to be licensed by this board. People are advised to ask practitioners about their experience and training.

The NCCIH point out that some insurance policies now cover acupuncture, but it is important to check first whether the cost will be covered.

According to Costhelper Health, an acupuncture session and medical consultation will cost from $75 to $95, and a routine visit will cost between $50 and $70.

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