Is Acupuncture Unsafe?

Researchers say practitioners need to be extra careful due to reports of HIV and hepatitis outbreaks.

Is Acupuncture Unsafe?

Researchers say practitioners need to be extra careful due to reports of HIV and hepatitis outbreaks.

-Carolyn French

Acupuncture

A new report featured in this week’s British Medical Journal may cause acupuncture enthusiasts to think twice before agreeing to the controversial procedure.

Microbiologists from the University of Hong Kong recently looked into reported cases of infections since the ‘70s – such as hepatitis B and C and HIV – amongst acupuncture devotees. Following the examination, they called on regulatory boards to impose stricter schooling and cleanliness among practitioners.

“To prevent infections transmitted by acupuncture, infection control measures should be implemented, such as use of disposable needles, skin disinfection procedures and aseptic techniques,” researcher Patrick Woo revealed in the article. (AOL News)

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