Reasons to see a fully trained acupuncturist

Traditional acupuncture is so flexible it helps many types of health condition. But only acupuncturists who have studied the complete system of acupuncture know how to use it to the full. When you visit a fully qualified traditional acupuncturist, you can be sure they have the right training to practise acupuncture in its complete form.

If you need help with a specific condition or have a complicated medical history, ask your acupuncturist about their training. Many traditional acupuncturists undertake postgraduate study in specialist areas such as fertility and childbirth, women's health, addiction, anxiety, emotional health, and treating children.

Research evidence base

Acupuncture's excellent track record for treating chronic pain is well documented – it's recommended for migraines and back pain on the NHS.[1]

The World Heath Organisation (WHO) recognises that fully trained traditional acupuncturists can successfully treat more than just pain.

WHO states that traditional acupuncture has been proven to treat complex conditions[2] including pregnancy and childbirth (morning sickness, breech presentation, induction of labour), gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, peptic ulcer, gastritis, dysentery, biliary and renal colic), cardiovascular health (stroke, high and low blood pressure), leucopenia (reduced white blood cells); dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), allergic rhinitis (hay fever), the side effects of radiation or chemotherapy, and depression.

Here in the UK, health insurance companies also recognise the advantages of traditional acupuncture when a fully qualified practitioner treats you[3].  Many policies cover the cost of acupuncture treatments – but only with a properly trained acupuncturist, such as a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC).

The only way to experience the full effect of acupuncture, and all the ways it can improve and balance your health and wellbeing, is to see a fully trained traditional acupuncturist.

References

[1]  See the "acupuncture: common uses" page on the NHS website for further information

[2] The World Health Organisation lists "Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment" on page 29 of its ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

[3] A list of Private Health Insurers who accept treatment from qualified practitioners is available on the British Acupuncture Council website