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What exactly is the "nerve damage" that acupuncture can cause?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Nerve damage

Acupuncture does not cause nerve damage.
Rumors of nerve damage are a myth.

In brief: Nerve damage

Acupuncture does not cause nerve damage.
Rumors of nerve damage are a myth.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Completely agree...acupuncture is supposed to be a "healing" technique; although you can get burned from Moxa treatments.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Uncommon

Needles are to be placed in close proximity to acupuncture points so as to contact the electric field (or qi).
Needles are not to be placed in nerves. It would be possible for a sloppy needler to rapidly insert a needle into a nerve which would cause inflammation and thus injure the nerve. This does not happen often (if it did people would be very reluctant to see the acupuncturist back).

In brief: Uncommon

Needles are to be placed in close proximity to acupuncture points so as to contact the electric field (or qi).
Needles are not to be placed in nerves. It would be possible for a sloppy needler to rapidly insert a needle into a nerve which would cause inflammation and thus injure the nerve. This does not happen often (if it did people would be very reluctant to see the acupuncturist back).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Daniel Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Should be none

Acupuncture needles are not stuck into nerves so there should be no nerve damage.

In brief: Should be none

Acupuncture needles are not stuck into nerves so there should be no nerve damage.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Dr. Daniel Mass
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