There really are no risks.
First and foremost, we use sterile needles for each patient.
Secondly, if not done properly, the worst that can happen is that the acupuncture treatment won’t work. But it is very difficult to cause harm provided damaged skin and tumors are not directly needled. The most common use for acupuncture in western medicine is for pain control, anxiety and stress relief, and infertility.
However, acupuncture can be used to treat or improve a wide variety of ailments, from arthritis and back problems to kidney disease and seizures.