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

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

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.