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Zombie Nation - Acupuncture can Relieve Insomnia.

Acupuncture relieves sleeping problemsLeading up to Acupuncture Awareness Week 2013 research reveals how sleep deprived Brits need to get to the point.

20% of the British population claim to feel like Zombies after a disturbed night’s sleep and 66% regularly sleep less than the recommended 8 hours. 53% miss out on sleep due to financial concerns, 35% worry about work and 30% need the toilet.

The 2013 Acupuncture Awareness Week (February 25 to March 3) hopes to help educating people about the benefits of acupuncture when it comes to improving sleep and the ability to relax.

UK acupuncturists deliver 2.3 million treatments each year and acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary healthcare treatments. Yet only 1 in 4 knows that acupuncture can help improving sleep patterns and sleep quality.

Our Principal Acupuncturist Sarah Cooper-Olsen is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and she comments:

“Traditional acupuncture is known to be enormously beneficial for helping to correct sleep problems. Most people find treatment wonderfully relaxing, as acupuncture is known to calm the nervous system and also increase endorphin production.”

The research also revealed that 1 in 10 people take sleeping pills to aid sleep. When failing to sleep many people make it even harder for the brain to switch off with 1 in 3 reading a book and 1 in 5 watching TV.

Sarah Cooper-Olsen continues:

“At some point in our lives, we all experience periods of disturbed sleep and even insomnia. Many patients find a course of traditional acupuncture can be extremely beneficial to ease them through these times, helping to identify the root cause of the sleeping problem. When looking for a practitioner, make sure you find a qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council to ensure a high standard of care and safety.”

Traditional Acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practised for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting sterile needles, no bigger than a human hair, painlessly at specific points on the body. It is different from the type of acupuncture often used by chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and GPs, who very rarely use the Chinese diagnostic method required in Traditional Acupuncture.

1,000 UK adults were questioned by Research Runner November 2012

About the British Acupuncture Council

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK’s largest governing body of traditional acupuncture with over 3,000 members - each of whom is an accredited practitioner providing the highest standard of professional care to patients. BAcC members practice a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years.

To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in acupuncture (minimum three years full-time at BSc or BA degree level) which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture and their expert practice skills are maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD). BAcC membership is also a mark of assurance of high standards in professionalism, training and safety.

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