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Acupuncture & Risk

Acupuncture & Risk

Acupuncture - A critical analysisE. Ernst, Journal of Internal Medicine, 2006“Acupuncture has occasionally been associatedwith several serious adverse effects, in particular,trauma to internal organs (e.g., pneumothorax orcardiac tamponade) and infections, such asHepatitis C or HIV. Several large prospectivestudies have shown that such adverse events areextreme rarities, provided acupuncture is carriedout by well-trained practitioners.”Found one case report of transmission of HIV to a 17-yr old maleNEJM Correspondence;Vittecoq D, Mettetal JF, Rouzioux C, Bach JF. Acute HIV infection after acupuncturetreatments, N Engl J Med,1989;320:250–251.

A few ‘recent’ articles• “Is acupuncture a risk factor for hepatitis?Systematic review of epidemiological studies,”Journal of Gastroenterology, 2003, Ernst E,Sherman KJ- “Conclusion: A modest association between hepatitis Cand acupuncture has been reported in some countries.This emphasizes the importance of exclusively usingdisposable acupuncture needles.”✴15 investigations reviewed; Most reports reviewed were from Asia

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