Cautions and Important Information

Apart from the usual medical details, it is important you let your practitioner know:

  • If you have any current infections or viruses
  • If you have ever experienced a fit or fainting
  • If you have a pacemaker or any other electric implants
  • If you have a bleeding disorder and/or taking anticoagulant medication e.g. Aspirin, Warfarin etc.
  • If you have damaged heart valves or risk of infection
  • If you are pregnant (acupuncture is usually fine after the first trimester)

Possible contraindications or cautions (some localized) to acupuncture or the other techniques we use include (depending on each case):

  • Skin lesions or inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Varicose veins, spider veins
  • Diabetes with complications or an acute infection
  • New tattoos


– Acupuncture in general is very safe.  Serious side effects are rare, such as pneumothorax (extremely rare).  Other side effects can include:

  • Drowsiness – can occur after treatment in a small number of patients, and if affected, you are advised not to drive.
  • Nausea and dizziness, in a few cases
  • Minor bleeding or bruising
  • In a few instances, fainting can occur in patients, particularly after the first treatment.

To minimize risk of side effects, it is preferable to make sure you have had enough sleep and have eaten within a couple of hours of treatment.

– Cupping and gua sha almost always will leave marks, which take between a few hours and a few days to go.  Please avoid showering/bathing for a few hours afterwards, and wrap up warm if going into the cold or wind.

Cupping and gua sha may not be suitable for you if you have a bleeding disorder, are taking anti-coagulant drugs, or corticosteroids, during pregnancy, or if you have high blood pressure – the latter goes for moxibustion, too.