One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects associated with its use.
As anyone who has been to an acupuncturist for stress can tell you, acupuncture is very soothing in its effects. Patients are as likely to fall asleep after the needles are inserted as they are to stay awake during their treatments. Very few report a slight tenderness at the point of insertion, and there is occasionally a feeling of heaviness in the head and limbs following treatment. In most cases, this is little more than the result of the deep and profound relaxation that most people experience as a side-effect of treatment.
Acupuncture is so mild that it is often used in order to help treat the side-effects of more conventional Western medical interventions and practices. Patients receiving treatment for cancer, for example, frequently use acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help treat the side-effects of their radiation and chemotherapy regimens.
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