Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a qualified, licensed, conscientious practitioner. Properly trained acupuncturists know the human anatomy very well and insert needles in a very safe fashion. The needles are pre-sterilized during manufacture, and sealed in packaging until opened for use. Then they are disposed of after one use in accordance with biohazard regulations.
About one-quarter of the world's population uses some form of acupuncture and the healing principles of oriental medicine in their health care. This system is so safe, cost-efficient, non-iatrogenic and effective that is has been endorsed wholehearted by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations.
Because of acupuncture's safety record, high degree of efficacy, and freedom of side effects, acupuncture is now being used by millions of Americans every day to treat a myriad of conditions. In addition to experiencing a deep sense of relaxation during the treatment, one common side benefit is that, while undergoing therapy for one ailment, other lesser problems often resolve concurrently. This demonstrates the "holistic" principles behind the approach of traditional Chinese Medicine, which seeks to identify the ROOT cause, and attempts to restore balance to the whole being.