Research conclusively finds acupuncture to be one of the safest medical treatments both conventional and complementary.
Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.
One survey was of traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practice acupuncture. A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed altogether, with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded (The British Acupuncture Council).
There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. The most common side-effects reported included minor bleeding, or bruising at the sight of acupuncture, tiredness, dizziness and temporary aggravation of symptoms, all are mild and self-correcting.