Hundreds of NHS patients undergoing acupuncture have suffered complications including dizziness, collapsed lungs and even needles being left in their bodies, researchers warn.
said the complementary therapy – which involves the skin being
punctured with needles – is not as safe as previously thought and in
some cases can lead to life-threatening health problems. Their
study found there were 325 reports of patients coming to harm after
having acupuncture on the Health Service in just two years.
included 100 cases of needles being left inside the body, 63 where
patients lost consciousness and a further 99 which saw people feeling
dizzy or faint.
five patients suffered collapsed lungs – known as a pneumothorax –
after the needle accidentally penetrated their chests. The
condition can be fatal if victims are not treated immediately, normally
by having a tube inserted into their chest to re-inflate the lung.
Source - Daily Mail