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While acupuncture is a very safe form of medicine, there are some risks. Elizabeth has been trained to minimize these risks, and is certified in Clean Needle Technique. Some people can experience syncope: dizziness, nausea, fainting, or cold sweats. This happens most frequently in patients who have acupuncture on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is best to eat a little something before your appointment. Syncope usually passes quickly with no problems. 

Other risks include infection, local bruising, or a small amount of bleeding (a few drops). Extremely rare risks are broken needles or pneumothorax. Some patients might experience minor bruising or skin tenderness after cupping or Tui Na therapy.


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