Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
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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
Open this folder and view contents2. Contraindications
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4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy

Electrical stimulation is potentially harmful. It is contraindicated: in pregnancy; if the patient has a pace-maker; if there is lack of skin sensation; and in cases of impaired circulation, severe arterial disease, undiagnosed fever or severe skin lesions.

Careful monitoring of the electrical stimulation is recommended to prevent neural injury. Galvanic current should be used for only a very short period of time.

Low energy laser therapy may harm the eyes and both patient and operator should wear protective glasses.

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