Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a professional who has completed all licensing requirements. In most states, this means completing a four-year educational program that includes hundreds of hours of supervised hands-on clinical training. Most states also require practitioners to pass a written national board exam.
Most acupuncturists in the United States are rigorously trained in clean needle technique and use pre-sterilized, disposable needles to avoid the risk of infection or contagion.
And, because there are no drugs entering the body, there are no side effects associated with acupuncture!