In my professional opinion, acupuncture should not be used for open wounds, emergency situations that are life threatening and with people who are not able to consent for their own treatment.
Open wounds need to heal first, or the local area can be avoided while distal (points away from the local injury) can still be used. After a wound has been healed, we can work in the area to facilitate healing in a safe manner.
Emergency situations such as strokes, extremely high blood pressures, extreme blood sugar levels and major car accidents need to be stabilized at a hospital first! The condition needs to be deemed stabilized before acupuncture can be applied, but it can help with recovery from such serious situations, once this has been established.
People who cannot consent for their own treatment are not applicable because they are not coherent and cannot give consent. This does not apply to children, as their caregivers are the ones who give consent for medical services.
With this being said, I have still given treatment to patients who could not speak but could nod their heads and consent to treatment.
There are other situations where acupuncture may not be applicable but they are rare and don’t happen very often.
Acupuncture as a whole is very safe and applicable in most medical situations.
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