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I am currently 30 weeks pregnant... I am epileptic and currently 8 months seizure free. Is there any evidence or suggestion that acupuncture can cause seizures?

Q. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and my morning sickness has unfortunately started to return. My yoga teacher suggested acupuncture may help. I am epileptic and currently 8 months seizure free. Is there any evidence or suggestion that acupuncture can cause seizures?

 

A. There is no evidence or suggestion that acupuncture can cause seizures when patients with controlled epilepsy have treatment.

All BAcC members are extremely careful to ensure that the patient remains on the medication they have been prescribed. The only treatments which are proscribed involved the use of electroacupuncture on people with poorly controlled epilepsy, and the only advice we give is to ensure that anyone with poorly controlled epilepsy is not left unattended during treatment. This is simply a common sense precaution to avoid accidents if someone did happen to have a fit while they had needles still inserted.