The risks associated with acupuncture are very few and minor. Acupuncture can often cause tiredness. This is a very natural tiredness and is short lived.
Other possible side effects are:
Bruising - your individual risk of this will be discussed at your consultation.
Dizziness - this can occur if you get up too quickly after your acupuncture. Take your time getting off the bed and only stand when you feel safe to do so.
Nausea - this can occur if you have not eaten normally prior to your appointment, I would always advise to have something light to eat prior to acupuncture.
Allergy - The needles I use are hypoallergenic needles with a silicone coating so allergic reaction is very rare.
Infection - I follow a very strict infection control protocol which reduces the risk of infection. All needles are sterile single use only needles.
Temporary increase in pain - sometimes the acupuncture can increase pain, this is actually a positive response and can mean that we are working in the correct area to reduce the pain. If this becomes a problem please let me know.
Pneumothorax (punctured lung) - this is a very rare possibility with acupuncture but can occur if you are having acupuncture in the chest area. If you develop chest pain within 48 hours of acupuncture you must seek medical help immediately.