Acupuncture has been associated with infectious hepatitis.
In this study, investigators from England and the United States conducted a systematic review to critically evaluate this risk.
The team performed 4 independent literature searches to identify all epidemiological evidence linking acupuncture with hepatitis.
These studies were validated by the authors and data extracted according to predefined criteria.
|Acupuncture increased the risk of hepatitis modestly.|
|Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology|
Overall, 15 investigations fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The majority of these were from Asia.
The team found that 5 investigations reported an association between acupuncture and seropositivity to hepatitis C virus. However, acupuncture increased the risk of hepatitis modestly.
Drs Ernst and Sherman concluded, "A modest association between hepatitis C and acupuncture has been reported in some countries".
"This emphasizes the importance of exclusively using disposable acupuncture needles".