25th March – 31st March 2024
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK’s largest, member-led, professional body for traditional acupuncturists. The BAcC aims to establish the highest standards of professional practice for the Acupuncture profession in the UK. BAcC is committed to ensuring all patients receive professional care during their acupuncture treatment.
The organisation has a 3,000 strong membership organisation and is proud to support acupuncturists on their journey from student through to full practising member.
Through ongoing research, the British Acupuncture Council has shown that treatment can benefit arthritic conditions and pain associated with this headaches, menopausal symptoms, anxiety and stress.
Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted at strategic sites into the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine. Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy or life force flows through the body in channels call meridians know as Qi (pronounced chee).
70% of people questioned in a new poll commissioned by BAcC as part of Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023 said they would prefer to try a complementary therapy, such as acupuncture, before being prescribed a prescription painkiller.
Due to current NHS waiting lists, over a third (36%) said that they would now be ‘more likely’ than ever before to seek help from a private, complementary therapist.
Nearly a quarter of those questioned (23%) said they were concerned the treatment might hurt, with one in five (19%) saying a fear of needles would put them off acupuncture.
As we know, the thinnest acupuncture needle is ¼ of the thickness of a standard hypodermic needle – about the thickness of the fullest human hair – with acupuncture reported by many patients to be deeply relaxing.
Traditional acupuncturists work with other techniques including moxibustion and acupressure, and that traditional treatment is based on a thorough consultation – a holistic overview of a patient’s health, lifestyle and any other contributing factors such as diet.
Sarah Cooper-Olsen at Park View Clinic and a member of the British Acupuncture Council, “4 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK by traditional acupuncturists and this figure is rising, in 2012 this figure was 2.3 million! Research shows myths surrounding the therapy remain strong. Acupuncture Awareness Week, aims to banish the myths and provide all the answers for those people who want to try acupuncture.”
Sarah and Gill have helped many patients with arthritic pain, hormonal imbalances and IVF, stress anxiety and depression.