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Can acupuncture damage nerves?

I am a 34 year old female. I will have my first acupuncture treatment. Can acupuncture damage nerves?

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Although possible, it is rare to hit a nerve during acupuncture if your acupuncturist is experienced. Acupuncture is often used to treat nerve damage.
Yes but it is extremely rare. I encourage you to contact your practitioner and tell them what is going on.
No, it cannot.
It can happen if someone has no experience and no knowledge of human anatomy but in very rare situation. Generally speaking acupuncture is the most safe treatment in daily practice. Dr Yali Li
It will not damage your nerves if you go to a qualified acupuncturist.
Any procedure has its side effects, but it is rare in acupuncture, especially if the acupuncturist is an experienced one.
If your acupuncturist has received extensive training and is licensed as an acupuncturist, the occurrence of any nerve damage is very rare.
No, even if we were to hit a nerve, the needles are so tiny it would just tingle, but no damage would be done.
Once a needle reaches its intended depth, you're likely to feel a mild, dull ache or a slight tingling sensation. This may be a sign that the treatment is working and the acupuncture point is being activated. Of course when your Acupunturist is professional and an educated doctor,inserting needles will never damage the nerve.
Acupuncture does not damage nerves if acupuncturists has more than five years study and training and experience. I practice acupuncture thirty years, have had treat millions patients with acupuncture, never had case of damaged nerves.
Good afternoon,

Because acupuncture needle is very thin.
Thank you for your question.

There is no evidence that acupuncture can cause any damage to nerves. It is truly a very safe--and effective--treatment.

Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.
Not at all when you have a licensed acupuncturist practice on you.

Hu Gi Acuherbs
It's possible, but highly unlikely.

To your health,


Thank you for your inquiry about acupuncture. Acupuncture does not damage fact, it can help regenerate nerves. It is very relaxing, and most of my patients fall asleep. I think you will enjoy it!

Mary Hills, DACM, LAc
Acupuncture treatment is very safe when given by a fully trained acupuncturist. This is important to note, as there are some types of medical practitioners who are legally permitted to practice acupuncture in some states, even though they have received insufficient training. Make sure your acupuncturist has had at least three years of training, is a graduate of a certified school of acupuncture, and is certified by the NCCAOM.
Never in my experience, but certainly within the realm of possibility since they inserted sharp objects into your body. I personally use the smallest needles that it would be almost impossible to damage nerves with. So, definitely, the larger the needles, the more the hypothetical risk would be.
NO, acupuncture needles are too thin to penetrate into nerve or blood vessel. At times, some blood may come out after needle is taken out often being of dark color. It is consider a good thing called "blood letting."
Acupuncture has very few side effects and is very safe to have. Acupuncture should help to aid in the healing of nerves and muscle tissues as it promotes circulation so that healing blood and lymphocytes can nourish a damaged area. It does not cause damage. It may uncover underlying issues that were pre existing, but it is not inherently dangerous.
If not a well-trained practitioner doing acupuncture, it can cause nerve damage.
The damage nerves of risky very lower, if you see a qualify acupuncturists like me. The risky of rate low than 1/100,000.00.
Acupuncture is very safe when used by a professional. You should not worry about that.

No, acupuncture won't damage nerves, if the needle stabbed the nerves, it will be okey, do not worry.
Not unless your acupuncturist needles directly into a major nerve and this is very unlikely. If your acupuncturist is licenced or certified, then they have training on how deep a needle can penetrate to avoid damaging any nerves, arteries, or veins.
The needles that are used for acupuncture are very thin - so most of the time, you shouldn't feel much during acupuncture. Acupuncture can help stimulate nerves as opposed to damage nerves. I have not heard of acupuncture being able to damage nerves.
Yes, this is a risk when receiving acupuncture. Risks like nerve damage and punctured organs are exactly why I always tell people to make sure their provider is a nationally board certified and state licensed acupuncturist.

These are people who attended and graduated from accredited programs of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac. or R.Ac.) are generally well trained in terms of the anatomy and structure in and around acupuncture points and patients are much less likely to experience an adverse event when seeing an L.Ac./R.Ac. than when using a provider like a physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor (DC) who is offering an "acupuncture like" service under the scope of their existing license.