Acupuncture when applied correctly is perfectly safe and will work in conjunction with most conventional drugs. The needles are used only once . They come in sealed packs, are pre-sterilised, and are disposed of after use by incineration.
Reactions to treatment include a short lived tiredness, or light headedness particularly if the patient has an empty stomach. Occasionally mild bruising may occur. The results of two independent pieces of research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture was less than 1 in 10,000. (MacPherson et al, White et al, BMJ 2001)
Although Acupuncture is safe in pregnancy, you should notify the practitioner if there is any chance that you may be pregnant as certain points need to be avoided.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the main register for qualified Traditional Acupuncturists in the UK and oversees excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. Derek Climpson is a registered member of the BAcC and has full professional insurance cover and adheres to its Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct.
Membership also requires maintaining up to date skills through regular continuing professional development (CPD)and first aid training.