Although these occurrences are rare, acupuncturists occasionally pierce patients’ lungs through the Jian Jing pressure point. About 30% of the cases of pneumothorax due to acupuncture are caused by the insertion of needles into that particular spot, according to a 2010 study by the WHO.
Can acupuncture cause collapsed lung?
Pneumothorax is known as the most common serious complication following acupuncture, but it is quite rarely reported. During a three-month period two patients with pneumothorax caused by acupuncture were admitted to our department.
Can acupuncture damage lungs?
Despite being a rare event, punctured lungs are a common and serious complication described in acupuncture. Just a few months ago, we reported on an older woman whose lung collapsed after a thin acupuncture needle was inserted into her back.
What can collapse your lungs?
Medical conditions that may cause a collapsed lung include:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Collagen vascular disease.
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Endometriosis in the chest.
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Has anyone died from acupuncture?
About 90 deaths after acupuncture have been anecdotally documented in the medical literature. Thus, acupuncture has been associated with more deaths than most other ‘alternative’ therapies except herbal medicine.
What happens if a needle punctures a lung?
When doing these injections, it is very important for a nurse or doctor not to push the needle too deep, especially when injecting muscles in the upper back around the chest wall, as pushing the needle too deep can puncture a lung causing a collapsed lung or pneumothorax.
Why do I feel so relaxed after acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a cleansing and balancing of the whole body. As you heal, these symptoms will pass, and you will begin to feel better. After your session, you may feel tired for up to 3 days. During this time, your body is cleansing and eliminating the toxins and poisonous waste that builds up in the blood stream.
Can you puncture a lung with dry needling?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND HOW ARE THEY MINIMIZED? One risk associated with dry needling is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax). If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment.