About Acupunture

What is acupunture?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are one of the oldest established forms of healthcare in the world. They are built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise (Qigong), and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach. Acupuncture spread and became very popular in the West. It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK.

Which conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed over the years to heal and maintain the wellbeing of the body and soul. It was adapted to treat wide range of different physical and psycological conditions. Today acupuncture is commonly used as complementary or as the main treatment for many conditions, including:

• Menstrual problems such as Irregular cycle, Painful periods, No periods, Heavy periods, Polycystic ovaries PCOS, Endometriosis, Pre-menstrual problems
•Infertility including IVF assistance
• Menopausal Symptoms
• Insomnia
• Anxiety including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder
• Depression
• Stress
• Migraine and Headaches
• Chronic fatigue
• Urinary disorders
• Water retention
• Digestive disorders including Irritable bowel syndrome, Constipation, Diarrhea, Bloating, Nausea, Heartburn, Colitis
• Musculo-skeletal problems including Back pain, Neck pain, Frozen Shoulder, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow, Knee pain, Repetitive strain injury, Indeterminate aches and pains

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with  your body’s qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.

Why use a BAcC member?

Some of the important reasons to remember:

• BSc  or  BA  degree level  training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture,
Chinese   medicine,   and   western   biomedical   sciences  including   anatomy,
physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)
• compliance  with  current  UK  health  and  safety  legislation
• full  medical  malpractice  and  public/products  liability  insurance  cover
• expert   practice   skills   maintained   by   following   a   mandatory   individual
programme of continuing professional development (CPD)
• regular   updates   from   the    BAcC    regarding   practitioners’   professional
obligations to the public
• compliance   with  BAcC  Code of  Safe  Practice  and  Code  of  Professional
• patient access to the BAcC complaints and disciplinary procedures

Acupuncturists registered with  the  BAcC carry the  letters MBAcC after
their name.