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What are the "side effects" of acupuncture?
Strictly speaking, the term side effect has been defined a few different ways:

1.    A peripheral or secondary effect, especially an undesirable secondary effect of a drug or therapy.

2.    Any effect of a drug, chemical, or other medicine that is in addition to its intended effect, especially an effect that is harmful or unpleasant.

3.    Problems that occur when a treatment goes beyond the desired effect. Or problems that occur in addition to the desired therapeutic effect.

All these definitions can be found on the internet. These are verbatim from www.medterms.com, www.thefreedictionary.com, and www.dictionary.reference.com.
 
In staying consistent with these definitions - Yes, there are side effects to acupuncture and the following is a list of the most common:

o    Some pain at the insertion sites following the treatments.
o    Minor bruising.
o    Infection (I use "Single Use Only" needles and have never experienced this problem).
o    "Needle sickness" (This is usually a low blood-sugar response rendering light headiness, nausea, and/or fainting. This may be avoided by eating         two hours before treatment.)
o    Broken needle (I don't use needles thin enough to break and subsequently have not encountered this problem, although should this happen, we          can appropriately deal with the problem).



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