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
• Anxiety including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder
• 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