Acupuncture and Asian herbs are extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded. People seek Asian medicine for two reasons: efficacy and safety. Because Asian medicine is new in America, there are varying opinions and perspectives. However, acupuncture and herbs are much safer than conventional methods. Many patients find that Asian medicine more effective than prescription and surgery. Acupuncture either benefits or does not. There is no negative side-effect.
In the medical establishment there is an unjustified concern with the herbs. My experience with herbs in the last 20 years is that they were quite safe even with prescriptions. Blood tests indicated normal or even better functioning of organs and glands. I am not saying problems will not occur, but so far it has not happened yet.