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Acupuncture side effects are usually very rare if you’re with a qualified practitioner. They must know enough about human anatomy and have the proper medical knowledge before they start treating patients, which means that safety is not an issue as long as the acupuncturist has registered their license to practice medicine with one of many professional bodies including but not limited to: The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Canada (RCPSC) or The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

When I think of all the benefits that have come from acupuncture, it’s hard to believe what some people say. For starters, after a session, you may feel more relaxed and energetic. You might also get better sleep or digestion as well as less stress too! Some will argue with me about this, but most likely they are really uncomfortable themselves, so don't bother them. I'll admit that needles are not my favourite thing, but they can be very beneficial for you. This is because acupuncture treats the whole person, and while it's working on your specific condition, it may have other effects which help alleviate some of your pain or discomfort.

There can be a few uncomfortable side effects that come with uninvited guests, but these are not dangerous and should go away in about an hour. Sometimes it's like having to spend some time alone on your own personal island while you wait for someone else - the first couple of seconds may sting as they take their leave, then all is well when your company returns. Acupuncture causes this same reaction from your body; there will always have reactions whether or not acupuncture was successful at relieving pain!


There are unpleasant side effects that occasionally happen which can range anywhere from feeling hot during a bath one moment before relaxing after it's over to getting stabbed by needles every so often – both resulting in quick recovery times though! Your body reacts similarly when put through.


The following acupuncture side effects may occur after treatment

  • Fatigue

  • Syncope(feeling sick or faint)

  • Dizziness or blurry eyes

  • Bruising and soreness

  • Emotional release

  • Emotional release

  • Hyperactive

  • Drowsiness


People can feel exhausted and washed out after acupuncture.

In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult to tell when your

body is screaming for more sleep. City life alone drains our

energy, and we force ourselves to keep going because of strong

willpower. It may seem like a rare situation but if you are

experiencing fatigue with treatment, then perhaps the intensity

isn't right for you personally; let your practitioner know about

this so that they can make an adjustment in how they're treating



Dizziness or blurry eyes

Symptoms such as dizziness, blurry vision and chills in the arms and legs may happen sometimes. Occasional symptoms may occur in people who are oversensitive, easily stressed, or under special circumstances such as when they are tired, hungry... Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty stomach to avoid this. Have something sugary after acupuncture may help.

Bruising and soreness

The needles we use are very fine. But sometimes the needles can hit a tiny blood vessel, which may lead to a purple-coloured patch. Bruises will last for a few days, but it’s nothing to worry about. You can apply shredded raw potato on the bruise if needed. Because potatoes contain natural chemicals called glycoalkaloids, which can help reduce swelling in bruises as well as relieve pain caused by inflammation from some minor injuries such as bumps and scrapes. If you are taking some anticoagulant drugs, please tell your practitioner as this may increase the chances of bruising during treatment. Some acupuncture points can be very sensitive. Very rarely, you may have some soreness on specific points after the treatment. But most of the soreness will disappear within 24 hours.



Syncope is usually related to insufficient blood flow to the brain and can manifest as lightheadedness, sweating, pale skin or blurred vision. Some people may even faint when they are laughing or sneezing - this has been seen in patients who have not eaten enough food before their acupuncture treatment. Synchopse's a common symptom that should be noted by doctors, but it doesn't pose any life-threatening danger, so you'll just need to reschedule your appointment if you experience these symptoms during an appointment with us! Why would it happen? The concept behind acupuncture is to move the Qi in your body when you're overworked, and there isn't enough of it for treatment. This can lead to abnormal nerve signalling, then low blood pressure which leads one into passing out due to insufficient oxygen intake from less blood flow. Your body's trying to protect you by altering this message because lowering heart rate and decreased blood pressure are believed beneficial during cases where someone has lost too much fluid or been injured hard without realizing they have passed out. However, that's not what needs to happen! The solution is bringing your feet up slightly and eating something--or even snacking before getting an acupuncture session done so that hunger doesn't distract your body while undergoing treatments with needles inserted along energy meridians.

Emotional release

An emotional release may happen for people who hide emotional pain. Some people may recall some old memory and cry during or after the treatment. This is typically a sign of proper treatment. Don’t hold your tears if you want to cry.



This may happen when you have a Moxa treatment. This is because the person will feel very energized after having a session, but it may lead to insomnia in rare cases. All these side effects are not permanent and they rarely happen, so you should contact your practitioner if any unpleasant reactions occur during or immediately following an appointment. 

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