Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
Close this folderSection II: Safety in acupuncture
Open this folder and view contents1. Prevention of infection
Close this folder2. Contraindications
View the document2.1 Pregnancy
View the document2.2 Medical emergencies and surgical conditions
View the document2.3 Malignant tumours
View the document2.4 Bleeding disorders
Open this folder and view contents3. Accidents and untoward reactions
View the document4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy
Open this folder and view contents5. Injury to important organs
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2.1 Pregnancy

Acupuncture may induce labour and, therefore, should not be performed in pregnancy, unless needed for other therapeutic purposes and then only with great caution.

Just the act of needling with a certain mode of manipulation at certain acupuncture points may cause strong uterine contractions and induce abortion. However, this may have a use in pregnancy for the purpose of inducing labour or shortening its duration.

Traditionally, acupunture, and moxibustion are contraindicated for puncture points on the lower abdomen and lumbosacral region during the first trimester. After the third month, points on the upper abdomen and lumbosacral region, and points which cause strong sensations should be avoided, together with ear acupuncture points that may also induce labour.

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