Several studies on the safety of acupuncture involving over 10.5 million treatments demonstrated that acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment. The most common side-effects reported included minor bleeding or bruising, tiredness and temporary aggravation of symptoms.
The rate of more serious adverse events was 0.00011%. In contrast, a recent meta-analysis study found that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen even for a short duration increased the risk of a heart attack.
Acupuncture is only safe if administered by a fully qualified acupuncturist. In the UK, anyone can work as an 'acupuncturist' with virtually no training. It is possible to do short courses over one to two days (sometimes referred to as 'dry needling' or 'medical acupuncture').
This is despite the World Health Organization recommending a minimum of 2,500 hours of formal training to qualify as an acupuncturist. Therefore, the onus is on patients to verify how well trained their acupuncturist is.
At True Health Clinics, all acupuncturists hold UK Master of Science or Bachelor's degree level qualifications after undertaking three to four years formal training. They are registered with The British Acupuncture Council and are accredited by The Professional Standards Authority.
True Health Clinics have been inspected and are licensed by Huntingdonshire District Council for carrying out acupuncture treatments.