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Complications associated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture research and efficacy
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
"Mycobacterial infections transmitted by acupuncture are an emerging problem. A high index of suspicion is essential to recognize this clinical syndrome, and strict implementation of proper infection control guidelines for acupuncture is mandatory." Journal of Clinical Microbiology (April 2002)
Report of a rare case of intra-articular bacterial knee infection due to inadvertent acupuncture needle penetration. Journal of Infection (January 2002)
Concludes that although the incidence of minor adverse events associated with acupuncture may be considerable, serious adverse events are rare. Those responsible for establishing competence in acupuncture should consider how to reduce these risks. E. Ernst and A. R. White, American Journal of Medicine (April 2001)
"Although acupuncture represents a relatively safe therapeutic intervention, this case report should remind all acupuncturists of possible and sometimes life-threatening adverse effects." Chest (December 2000)
Report in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies [FACT] (March 2000)