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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:59 AM

'Extremely Deep' Acupuncture Treatment Ends Up Piercing Patient's Lungs


CARLY CASSELLA 11 SEP 2019

An acupuncturist in New Zealand has accidentally pierced a young woman's lungs, after inserting needles in her shoulder region too deeply.

The 33-year-old patient was seeking treatment for an arm and wrist injury, which was causing pain on top of her shoulders and a shortness of breath. To treat her, the acupuncturist decided to place two needles in a nearby acupressure point, known as Jian Jing or Gallbladder 21 (GB21).

As the needles were going in, the young woman expressed pain, and later, she told the Health and Disability Commissioner that the insertions felt "extremely deep". Both needles were left in for half an hour, before they were then rotated and removed.

It was at this point that the patient felt a sudden onset of pain in her right chest and a shortness of breath. She told her acupuncturist she felt "stuffy" and she was having a strange and painful 'air' sensation around both her lungs.

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https://www.sciencealert.com/extremely-deep-acupuncture-treatment-ends-up-piercing-patient-s-lung

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Reply 'Extremely Deep' Acupuncture Treatment Ends Up Piercing Patient's Lungs (Original post)
Judi Lynn Sep 11 OP
Duppers Sep 11 #1
FM123 Sep 11 #2
safeinOhio Sep 11 #3
eppur_se_muova Sep 11 #4
Ron Obvious Sep 11 #5

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 06:49 AM

1. Omg, but this was crazy. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:12 AM

2. Poor woman, to go from shoulder pain to lung collapse!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:42 AM

3. But, she didn't have

crystals in her pocket to protect her.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:14 AM

4. Maybe more appropriate for Health, or Skepticism, Science & Pseudoscience ? nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 04:12 PM

5. But then the people who need to read this won't see it.

Acupuncture has never shown anything beyond placebo effect in a properly-controlled study. Of course double blinding is a bit tricky...

ETA: You're right. I didn't realise this was "Science".

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