When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture and herbal medicine is an extremely safe way to treat a variety of ailments and diseases. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments. At Acupuncture Wellness Center, we exclusively use pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable needles which are promptly discarded after each use. Every practitioner gets extensive training in anatomy to avoid accidentally inserting a needle in a place that can cause damage.
While herbal medicine in general is very safe, extra attention is always paid to any possible drug/herb interaction. At Acupuncture Wellness Center, we carefully design herbal formula for individual patient's considering their specific needs and the medications they are taking. We only use the highest quality herbs from Legendary Herbs and Mayway which have passed rigorous tests and comply with GMP safety guidelines.
The average liability coverage for an acupuncturist is about $600 per year, while primary care physicians pay an average of $12,000 per year. That's a 20:1 difference. While this may not translate into exactly a 20 to 1 difference in safety, a visit to an acupuncturist is at least as safe as a visit to your doctor, if not safer.