Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is considered a “safe” alternative to Western medicine, has gained popularity in the West. Acupuncture, a form of TCM, involves the insertion of needles into the body. While acupuncture is often regarded as a minimally invasive technique with minimal serious adverse effects,1 substantial adverse effects can occur leading to devastating consequences. Our literature review of PubMed articles published between 1970 and 2008 identified acupuncture-related cutaneous adverse events (Figure 1).1-4
Teo LHY, Tang MBY, Tan AW, Tan H, Ng S. Ulcers Related to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(4):490–492. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.16
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