Acupuncture has been used in Eastern cultures for over 2,000 years to promote, restore and maintain well being. Even today it is featured in their mainstream healthcare as both a stand alone therapy and in combination with conventional Western medicine. With over two million treatments taking place in the UK each year it is certainly becoming more popular.
People choose to visit an acupuncturist for a variety of reasons usually linked to a specific condition or symptom, but others choose treatment to enhance their general well being as it aims to bring equilibrium between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the individual.
Whatever stage you are at in your life, Traditional Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children.
With official NICE guidelines available to doctors, knowledge of acupuncture is growing in the UK. The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence recommends that acupuncture should be available on the NHS as a cost effective short-term treatment for the management of early persistent non specific lower back pain and tension type headaches.
May 2013 The British Acupuncture Council have partnered with Anxiety UK to fund a joint research project into how traditional acupuncture can help anxiety disorders.