Research shows that acupuncture is safe

The British Acupuncture Council responds to a recent article in a national newspaper:
 
There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. 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.  To further reduce the risk of any potential side effects, patients should look out for a registered practitioner from the British Acupuncture Council.  The BAcC stamp of approval means that the practitioner is an accredited acupuncturist providing the highest standard of professional care to patients, with degree level training and strict codes of safe practice, which are in place to protect the patient from these sorts of incidents.

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