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This e-book investigates the medical foundation and efficacy of acupuncture and the standard of teaching and criteria of competence in its practitioners. sufferers are more and more asking approximately CAM choices to orthodox clinical practices as they worry the side-effects of ever stronger conventional drug treatment. The booklet discusses the $64000 questions of safety and the schooling and coaching of acupuncture experts. moreover the booklet investigates GP's attitudes to acupunture and the level to which they give the therapy to their sufferers.
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However, these A REVIEW OF ADVERSE REACTIONS TO ACUPUNCTURE 45 may not be complete due to under-reporting of minor injuries by practitioners due to the frequency of their occurrence, or of more significant injuries due to GPs’ lack of knowledge that their patient received acupuncture (Norheim and Fønnebø,1996). They also cannot be used to accurately estimate incidence, since the number of treatments given per year is unknown. A survey, using members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, of adverse events is currently underway using the spontaneous reporting technique at the Department of Complementary Medicine in Exeter.
Acupuncture: a scientific appraisal. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Reprinted by permission of Butterworth-Heinemann 3 Safety: a review of adverse reactions to acupuncture Introduction It has been assumed in the past that acupuncture poses no risk, or very little risk, to the patient, and being a natural and holistic therapy is safer than conventional medicine and drug therapy (MacPherson, 1999). However, with its growth in popularity in Western society came the need for evidence of its safety, and with that came reports of adverse events from around the world (Rampes and James, 1995; Ernst and White, 1997, 1999; Peuker and Filler, 1997).
7 million people (Fulder, 1988), these figures are reassuring, particularly as the growth in the number of acupuncturists in the UK in the past two years has been substantial (see Appendix III). The complications generally fall into three main areas, physical injuries, infections and other adverse reactions. 38 ACUPUNCTURE: EFFICACY, SAFETY AND PRACTICE Physical injuries The most serious adverse effect that can be incurred during acupuncture is unilateral or bilateral pneumothorax. Insertion of needles into the thorax, particularly the intercostal spaces, paraspinal areas and supraclavicular regions can result in the puncture of the pleura and the lung parenchyma, and is potentially fatal.