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February 21, 2006

Pneumothorax From Acupuncture - A Reason for Regulation of Acu in Hong Kong

Found this article as an interesting call for an Acupuncture regulatory board, using rising Pneumothorax rates as an incentive. The article states that they are underreported and they could be avoided with a board of regulation and "safety" needles. Red Orbit Article Here

Aside: I'm sorry but safety needles? It's called use smaller needles. If you're sticking a needle in BL15 or 45 use a freaking half-inch needle if you don't know for sure how deep to go. I don't understand the pneumothorax craze. In America they are also underreported, but mostly because they're being done by Physician Acupuncturists 2 to 1.

Posted by Admin at February 21, 2006 10:52 AM


Si, use a smaller needle.

Posted by: Thomas Dorsey at March 7, 2006 06:58 AM

I'm curious as to how the pneumothorax phenomena is occurring. Consider that the pleura naturally contracts or moves out of the way when one inserts a needle. Isn't the hole, created by the needle, just too small for air to go in? Epithelial tissue, fat, muscle, all that is in the way and moves back into place on removal of needle. It just seems that pneumothorax is a rarely occuring complication from needling.

Posted by: Cristian Aburto at March 7, 2006 07:39 PM

I hear that pneumothoraxes happen everyday, and most of the time are not known, because, yes, the pleura usually closes right up. Smaller, thinner needles, and of course, a strong dose of caution.

Posted by: Vcarius L. at May 19, 2006 12:21 PM