You are on blood thinner regularly as long as you tell your acupuncturist so he/she can address accordingly. There will be no danger to receive the treatment.
It is up to the acupuncturist and their and your comfort level with giving you acupuncture while on blood dinners. It is not a strict contraindication. It may be better for your physician to speak with the acupuncturist so that they can gain some level of confidence and education as well. It’s always a good idea to have people who care for you speaking with each other and agreeing on a plan of care.
I do acupuncture on people on blood thinners, and I’m careful how I do the acupuncture, including where needles are placed and how the needles are used. I’m also a physician so I have complete comfort in doing this.
Hope that helps!!
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Acupuncture is perfectly safe for patients who take blood thinners.Please mention to your acupuncture doctor that you are on the blood thinner. He/she will ask you anyways. Have a happy treatment session.
Scott Sang In Lee
Glenn R. Williams, D.C., L.Ac.
I very rarely have any bleeding or bruising happen when I needle and this is true of most acupuncture practitioners, but when I was a student, a classmate of mine had caused an excess bruising on a family member who was on blood thinner medications. So, it isn't unheard of, but it is rare that this happens.
If you got a flu shot or had some IV put in or had any other medical procedure, it too would be dangerous if you were on blood thinners, but I am certain your MD would not prevent you from getting those. It's all a matter of professionalism and open dialogue.
I would advise you to be very open with your practitioner if you do choose to go to Acupuncture. It may actually help you get off blood thinners, but I cannot say without knowing your case.
A PubMed (National Institute of Health Medical Library) article from 2015 examined 384 patients on blood thinners who collectively received nearly 3974 acupuncture treatments. One moderate bleeding event occurred in 3974 treatments (0.003%). The researchers concluded that acupuncture appears to be safe in anti-coagulated patients, assuming appropriate needling location and depth.
The risk is an uncontrolled or extended bleed as a result of a poorly placed needle. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and, generally speaking, the goal of insertion is to avoid internal structure. What we call 'acupuncture points' in the western world are actually small cavities or spaces between fascial layers. Usually there isn't much structure to speak of in these spots and a good acupuncturist isn't going to be hitting blood vessels.
That being said, there are probably not many practitioners of Chinese medicine who are familiar with all the ins and outs of the various blood thinners on the market and how the dosing and possible combination of these drugs are going to affect any given patients' clotting ability.
In this case, as much as I hate to say it, I'd err on the side of your doctor and suggest you should try something non-invasive like TaiJi, QiGong, yoga, meditation or mild exercise to manage your work stress.