Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

No, but. You do need protection from HIV infection and hepatitis if the acupuncturist reuses their needles. Be sure you go to someone who is reputable.
No. The standard for care is single use, sterile, disposable needles. Skin is only cleansed when going to bone so as not to disturb the electric field surrounding an acupuncture point. The acupuncturist will clean hands well. It is not a sterile technique. The infection rate is exceedingly low because the diameter of the needle is so small & it is solid. An open bore needle can drag in tissue & germs.
Check witacupuncturi. Question of type of needles and location. And degree of immune compromised state.
Unlikely. A benefit from routine antibiotic prophylaxis prior to acupuncture has not been proven. There may be an increased risk to people when semi-permanent needles are used. Persons at high risk for endocarditis (ie. Prosthetic heart valves) may want to discuss additional protection with their provider. Potential risk of prophylaxis includes c. Diff colitis which can happen with a single dose of antibiotic.

Related Questions

Is antibiotic prophylaxis an effective treatment for children with vesicoureteral reflux?

No. Over 30 years, antibiotic prophylaxis has been recommended for children with vu reflux without firm evidence of benefit. Current consensus is: grade v reflux requires surgery (or nonsurgical deflux measure); grade ii-iv reflux needs regular follow-ups with adequate treatment for each bout of recurrent infection. Grade I reflux generally resoves spontaneously.
No. I think the question should be --is it necessary? Latest data says no.
Depends. The debate has gone on for years. I choose to leave it in the hands of the pedi-urologist who will have to decide when any aggressive management (surgery) would be warranted. Their trend has been not to treat unless a kid has recurrent infections and then get off when possible. Prophylaxis in all cases appears to have gone the way of boom boxes.

I want to try acupuncture to treat my endocarditis. Is this wise?

No. Endocarditis is a serious, potentially fatal infection. The primary treatment is antibiotics, and it should be managed by a medical doctor. However, acupuncture may help ease symptoms more quickly, and is safe to combine with the medical treatment.
No. Endocarditis can rapidly escalate to a life threatening emergency. While there is a role for acupuncture in many aspects of modern medicine, it would not be appropriate in this case. Current standard medical treatment for endocarditis includes close monitoring, often during an inpatient hospitalization, intravenous (through your vein) antibiotics, and hear testing remains the mainstay of care.
No. I am not an acupuncturist but know from experience that acupuncture can be used to treat a whole modality of illnesses from chronic pain disturbances to GI upset. I do not believe however it can treat a serious condition such as endocarditis. Endocarditis requires IV antibiotics usually in a hospital setting. Untreated endocarditis can lead to sepsis and septic emboli that can cause stroke.
No. Although acupuncture can be effective in treating some musculoskeletal, nerve and pain conditions, it has not been shown to be effective in treating infections. Endocarditis is a potentially life-threatening infection of the heart and must be treated by a physician with intravenous antibiotics. This is not a time to experiment with acupuncture.
No. Endocarditis is a very serious infection on the valves of the heart. Antibiotics are necessary to get rid of the bacteria, and to reduce the complications that can come from this infection. Acupuncture may be helpful as an additional therapy to help you feel better, but cannot get rid of the infection.
No. Endocarditis is a potentially life altering infection of a heart valve. Acupuncture has no documented benefit in this regard. It would be wise to seek more traditional treatments, such as antibiotics administered IV in a hospital, rather than risk your health and well being on a treatment that has no sure benefit.
No. Endocarditis is an infection. If antibiotics are not used to cure the infection then the heart valve could be destroyed by the bacteria. This type of infection can be so bad that if it does not kill you it could leave you a 'cardiac cripple' because of the resulting congestive heart failure.
No. Endocarditis usually means that an infection has occurred on a valve. Usually these are do to bacteria and require intravenous antibiotics for an extended period of time. Failure to eradicate the infection can result in irreversible damage to the valve.
No. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves. Left untreated it can result in destruction of the valve, spreading infection, heart failure and death. Accupuncture is not a recommended treatment for infections of any type. Please follow you physicians recommendations.
No. There is no role for acupunture, only antibiotics and close monitoring. Perhaps where acupunture might be of help is for decreasing anxiety but one must be wary of this method not appropiate for a serious infection such as endocarditis.
No. I would not rely on acupuncture to treat endocarditis, which, as my colleagues mention, is a life-threatening condition that requires IV antibiotic treatment. However, acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to conventional therapy & most acupuncturists are qualified to prescribe chinese herbal medicine, which may be even more helpful as an adjunct to (but not a substitute for) antibiotic therapy.
No. Not wise. Acupuncture has benefits, but not here.
No. Acupuncture has many uses in medicine for treatment of various illnesses. However endocarditis is not treated by acupuncture and thus delaying proper treatment could have serious consequences.
Western Med 1st. Please use conventional western medical treatment for your endocarditis. Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to strengthen chi. There are many western trained physicians who have secondary training in acupuncture (medical acupuncture) who can collaborate with your medical team to provide adjunctive support.

Can any of the blood cancers improve with acupuncture treatments?

Need Western Med. No, would not rely on acupuncture to cure blood cancer. However, energy moving meridian txs are used to enhance stamina, improve health of the affected organs (using traditional chinese medicine physiologic principles) & center one during treatment. Please rely on western medicine for healing cancer. However, it would likely be beneficial to talk to your dr. About augmenting tx with acupuncture.

What do you suggest if I have had 14 acupuncture treatments over the past 4 months and have seen no improvement. Should I continue?

You haven't told us. What you are being treated for. When I treat patients - I look for an ^ or v in pain (if treated for pain condition). Either of these can be a good result. However, if the patient has had no reaction after several treatments - I look for a different approach. There are many different ways to approach the same problem using acupuncture. Take care.

I had bilateral total hip replacements 26 months ago. Is antibiotic prophylaxis still recommended prior to routine dental cleanings?

Hip replacement. Although this topic has been debated for decades, the best person to answer it is the doctor who replaced the hips. Many factors come to play like the condition of the patients immune system, and overall health history. I will premedicate my patients for at least five years, and defer to patients hip doctor after that. Personally I had my hips replaced ten yrs ago and will premed for life.
No. Antibiotics before dental procedures are generally recommended for those with a prosthetic heart valve, history of infective endocarditis, congenital heart disease.
Depends. It's up to your orthopedist. I've dealt with some who recommend antibiotics for 2 years, some 5 years and some forever. My best friend is one of the latter. His philosophy is why take a chance on a bacterial infection in the hip you've invested so much time and money.

My 6 mo has unilateral renal agenesis and grade 4 reflux causing Hydrouereteronephrosis. Is antibiotic prophylaxis necessary in his case?

Consult. Consult your urologist or nephrologist. There are many options for hydro nephrosis and reflux however given that you child only has one kidney they may be extra cautious.
Probably. The use of antibiotic prophylaxis is a very debated subject in pediatrics & pediatric urology currently. Given the age of the child, I think most physicians would. I'd follow the recommendations of his doctor, since he/she knows him best.