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The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-
Traditional acupuncture forms a part of traditional Chinese medicine in which the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance. Originating in China and other far Eastern cultures, this ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years and today is widely used and accepted all over the world.
Traditional acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing.
Who is it for?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they simply feel generally unwell. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feelings of well-
Complementary implies alongside medical treatment, not instead of. You should not hesitate to discuss any concerns with your GP or other doctor.
You can get more information about which conditions acupuncture has been used for by visiting the British Acupuncture Council website www.acupuncture.org.uk
Independent quality mark for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
Since February 2013, patients and the public have been able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The BAcC's register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
The first session: this can be an hour and half as a case history needs to be taken. You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatments you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist may also feel your pulses on both wrists, and ask to look at your tongue.
As long as we are both happy to proceed you will receive a treatment after this.
Bear in mind that the acupuncture points used are not always close to where you experience the problem in the body. For example, although you might suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand. Also points in your torso may be used.
Follow up treatments are generally less than 45 minutes.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests and so they are much more comfortable on insertion. Once in place the needles are generally left for 15-
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long term. You will normally be asked to have a treatment once a week at first.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture has a very sound track record.
The needles used are pre-
Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all are such reactions are short-