Acupuncture: A Clinical Review

Victor S. Sierpina, MD; Moshe A. Frenkel, MD


South Med J. 2005;98(3):330-337. 

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Some patients do not tolerate acupuncture either because of a needle phobia or the inability to remain in a comfortable position for treatment. Septic or extremely weakened patients, those who are uncooperative because of delusions, hallucinations, or paranoia, are likewise unsuitable. Local infections such as cellulitis or loss of skin integrity from burns or ulcerations may preclude certain local treatments. Electroacupuncture should not be applied over the heart or brain or in the region of an implanted electrical device such as a pacemaker or medication pump. Hemophiliacs and others with severe bleeding disorders should be excluded from acupuncture treatment.[1]