Anyone have problems with Acupuncture?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-10-2004
Anyone have problems with Acupuncture?
Sun, 05-01-2005 - 3:26pm


I have been seeing an acupuncturist for a little over 3 months now on a weekly basis for my fertility issues. A few times I have had slight bleeding afterward from the needles and 3 times slight bruising in an area where one of the needles had been (twice in my foot and once in my arm) I never thought too much of this however on my last visit, I had a huge blood blister on my forearm where one of the needles was then it left after a day and turned into a massive bruise. The acupuncturist (who is also a MD) had to have seen this as he was removing the needle and never stated anything about the blister.

I was wondering if anyone else who has gone through acupuncture has experienced this and is it normal? I once raised an issue before with my acupuncturist and although he always seems very nice, I felt as if he didn't like me questioning him. I am wondering if it is just time to quit. I am continuing with him because he is an area where I can get to his office easily. The next closest one to me is still some distance and doesn't fit in with my schedule as well.

I would appreciate hearing experiences that anyone might have had.

Thank you,


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-12-2003
Fri, 05-06-2005 - 4:31pm
If I were you I would get away from that Dr.I have been in acupuncture for about 6 months for fertility and never once have I bled, bruised or any thing like that. He is clearly inexperienced. And, if he has a problem with you questioning him then that is a red flag as well. Your acupuncturist and you should be able to talk about all your health concerns, especially if he is giving them to you. By the way I did FINALLY get pregnant, I am 7 weeks today and am still continuing with the acupuncture through my pregnancy. Call the local acupuncture or holistic school in your area and ask them for a recommendation or ask your OBGYN. My OBGYN is very encouraging and the two Dr.s often discuss my health. GL