Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have long histories of safe and effective usage. Complications from either acupuncture or properly prescribed Chinese herbal medicine are rare and side effects, if any, are generally self-limited.
There are a number of guidelines, however, which govern the use of particular acupuncture points, individual herbs and/or herbal formulas. Some of the more common precautions and contraindications are listed below. It is important to note, however, that this list is in no way complete and only serves as a general guidepost. Further, even for herbs and/or points that are contraindicated for a certain situation or usage they may still be used in most cases with the correct reasoning by a well trained practitioner.
You may follow an individual item to find more about the precaution along with functions and clinical usages.