Acupuncture-related adverse events: a systematic review of the Chinese literature.

Citation

Evidence Type: Research (Systematic Review)
Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Dec 1;88(12):915-921C. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.076737. Epub 2010 Aug 27. - Acupuncture-related adverse events: a systematic review of the Chinese literature. - PubMed - NCBI Score: 0.0/0.0

Discussion

This research looks into research of adverse effects caused by acupuncture in Chinese literature. The findings were less than favourable:
"The most frequent adverse events were pneumothorax, fainting, subarachnoid haemorrhage and infection, while the most serious ones were cardiovascular injuries, subarachnoid haemorrhage, pneumothorax and recurrent cerebral haemorrhage."

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Conclusions

No strengths or weaknesses have yet been added to this evidence

Conclusion 1

The research found a great many cases of harm caused by acupuncture While it is worth noting that the rate of injuries is likely low when compared to the number of people who were treated, it is clearly far from a harmless practice


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