Acupuncture is generally free from side effects, if done properly by experts. It is considered as a safe means of natural healing. It results in the improvement of body functions. However, many people during the early stages of treatment feel a brief stinging sensation similar to a pinprick. This usually occurs as the acupuncture needles get inserted. Some others experience a dull pain around the needles as they get inserted.
One of the major problems related to acupuncture treatment is that caused by improperly sterilized needles. In such as situation, serious infections might be resulted. In some cases, patients get injured as a needle gets wrongly inserted onto a vital organ such as lungs. Though rare, there have been instances in which some therapists failed in referring their patients to other treatment modes that might have been more effective for their particular illness.
However, patients who opt for acupuncture mode of treatment need to wait patiently for its true effect to be visualized on the body. This is because the original symptoms of the disease might get worsened for a few days during the early stage. It should be taken as a positive indicator that the treatment has started making an impact on the body. Acupuncture treatment smooth out the Qi (energy) that was otherwise blocked in certain areas of the body. Other common alterations that are associated with acupuncture treatment include changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns.
Changes in emotional state are also likely. During the first sessions, some patients might feel slightly disoriented as well. It is important that you discuss all of such feelings with the therapist. You ought to report about the irregularities if they persist even after a couple of days. Only if the patients make an effective communication with the therapist will they be able to sort out the problems and offer relief. In most cases, the physical strain gets cleared on its own.