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Korean researchers have found that taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs does not increase the risk of bleeding after acupuncture treatment. A total of 428 inpatients who received acupuncture treatment underwent two assessments for bleeding-related adverse events (micro-bleeding, haematoma, ecchymosis) immediately after acupuncture treatment on the first day, and before acupuncture treatment on the following day. One hundred and sixty-nine patients receiving either anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs (exposure group) and 259 patients not receiving either drug (non-exposure group) were studied; 38.5% of patients in the exposure group and 44.4% of patients in the non-exposure group experienced bleeding-related mild adverse events. There was no significant difference in risk of adverse events between the two groups, either per session or per needle. The only variable that correlated with increased risk of bleeding was needle thickness.

Evaluation of bleeding-related adverse events following acupuncture treatment in patients on anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs: A prospective observational study. Complement Ther Med. 2018 Dec;41:23-28.



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