Acupuncture works

Members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) practise acupuncture based on Chinese medicine principles that have been researched and refined for over 2,000 years. The first acupuncturists developed a comprehensive system of diagnosis based on detailed observation of the human body. Without the help of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body. Acupuncture regulates the flow of qi around the body through pathways called meridians. In recent years medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that follow the meridians recorded by the early acupuncturists, and the concept of qi itself may overlap with developing knowledge of how cells in the body communicate.

The point of acupuncture

Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest and longest established forms of healthcare. It is suitable for people of all ages, including pregnant women and children, and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. Your acupuncturist will diagnose which combination of points is right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle, as well as your symptoms. Acupuncture is widely used and accepted all over the world, both as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other forms of medicine. In the far east it features in mainstream healthcare. To learn more about acupuncture, speak to a Lyn Clarke who will be happy to discuss how it can help you. With over 3,000 members the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture. The BAcC is a founder member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) and maintains high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct. Acupuncturists registered with the BAcC carry the letters MBAcC after their name. When you choose to visit a BAcC member you can be sure of:

  • extensive training (minimum three years degree level), including anatomy, physiology, and other appropriate elements of western medicine
  • adherence to the Council’s Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct
  • compliance with current health and safety legislation
  • full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover
  • up-to-date knowledge and skills maintained by mandatory continuing professional development.
  • Many BAcC members undertake postgraduate study of common health conditions including pain management, cosmetic acupuncture and acupuncture for children.

British Acupuncture Council 63 Jeddo Road London  W12 9HQ Telephone  +44 (0)20 8735 0400