Safety of Acupuncture in Early Pregnancy
Recent studies have concluded that acupuncture is safe in the hands of a qualified practitioner. This study assessed the risk of adverse effects of acupuncture administered during pregnancy.
593 women with nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy volunteered to participate in a randomised controlled trial, conducted at the Women's and Children's Hospital, in South Australia. Patients were given either traditional acupuncture, formula acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture.
Data were collected on perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and the newborn.
No differences were found between study groups in the incidence of perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and other infant outcomes.
Our findings suggest that no serious adverse effects arise from acupuncture administered in early pregnancy.