Is It Safe?
- Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects.
- Tai chi and qi gong, two mind and body practices used in TCM, are generally safe.
- There have been reports of Chinese herbal products being contaminated with drugs, toxins, or heavy metals or not containing the listed ingredients. Some of the herbs used in Chinese medicine can interact with drugs, have serious side effects, or be unsafe for people with certain medical conditions.
Is It Effective?
- For most conditions, there is not enough rigorous scientific evidence to know whether TCM methods work for the conditions for which they are used.