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British Acupuncture Council

Acupuncture gets results

Acupuncture is used worldwide as an effective treatment for many conditions.
Acupuncture is used for the conditions listed on our Acupuncture research page.

It is used in the NHS and has been recommended in the NICE guidelines.
For the latest research on the efficacy of acupuncture please visit the British
Acupuncture Council website at www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-research.html

Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medication

Many people prefer not take medication long term especially for conditions such as
chronic pain. With acupuncture treatment many medications can be reduced or stopped.
This is always done in conjunction with the patient's GP.

The philosophy of acupuncture is that it treats the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Acupuncture diagnosis is conducted on an individual basis.

Acupuncture has been used to prevent illness by creating balance within the body and create and maintain a positive emotional state.

Is Acupuncture safe and what does a treatment involve?

Being a member of the British Acupuncture Council means that the practitioner has met their clinical, ethical, safety and academic standards.

To read research on the safety of acupuncture please go to
www.acupuncture.org.uk/acupuncture/safety-of-acupuncture.html

The practitioner will first take a full health history to get a complete picture of the
patient as a whole. Observations such as pulse and tongue will be taken to form a
diagnosis and a treatment strategy.

Acupuncture treatment involves inserting very fine solid steel or gold needles into
acupuncture points around the body. Needles are used only once then discarded.

Tuina massage may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for musculo-skeletal
conditions.