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7 Unpleasant Side Effects of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has a name for being a profoundly, almost spiritual, treatment of illnesses. The downside to it is the many side-effects that it has on the patient.

Home Remedies By Ariba Khaliq / Jul 03, 2014

Acupuncture and its Side Effects

Acupuncture has largely been considered by patients because of the many benefits that it has. It promotes better sleep, provides more energy, improves mental clarity, betters digestion and reduces stress. But, according to AcuTake, there can be certain side-effects of acupuncture too. However, these side effects are not life-threatening and get better in a few days. The following seven side-effects can occur after acupuncture. Image Courtesy: Getty


Healing Crisis

The situation is characterised when a person taking natural treatment feels worse before starting to feel better. Things get stirred up when your body starts undergoing the changes induced by acupuncture. The self-healing capabilities of acupuncture could trigger sensitivity or intolerance to things that previously felt normal. Image Courtesy: Getty



Although, an increased energy is more common to be felt after acupuncture, sometimes you may feel like the energy is actually dipping, also known as “acu land”. Feeling fatigued after acupuncture is not a cause for concern, but it is a warning sign that you need to rest. Image Courtesy: Getty



Acupuncture heals with needles and when these are removed, the inserted area may feel sore. This may especially happen at different points in hands and feet. You may also experience muscle soreness away from the needling site if a trigger was released during treatment. Image Courtesy: Getty



Occurring rarely, bruising may be seen at the needling site. It may result from hematoma, a blood clot that occurs when needle punctures the skin. Bruises may last a little longer than soreness. Image Courtesy: Getty


Muscle Twitching

You may experience involuntary muscle twitching during or after acupuncture. It could be in the particular parts where needles are inserted or in random body parts that may be away from the needling site. Image Courtesy: Getty



Very rarely, you may feel light-headed after an acupuncture session. It may sometimes result in fainting. Getting up quickly from the acupuncture table or getting the procedure done on empty stomach can be the cause for this side-effect. Image Courtesy: Getty


Emotional Release

Some people may cry during acupuncture. This is not because they are feeling any pain but because their emotions are flowing free. Feeling extra sensitive or tear-prone in an acupuncture session or in the days that follow is completely normal. It's also a sign that the acupuncture is working. Image Courtesy: Getty


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