Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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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
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View the document4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy
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2.3 Malignant tumours

Acupuncture should not be used for the treatment of malignant tumours. In particular, needling at the tumour site should be prohibited. However, acupuncture may be used as a complementary measure, in combination with other treatments, for the relief of pain or other symptoms, to alleviate side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and thus to improve the quality of life.

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