GPs in the UK are being urged by the British Acupuncture Council to consider referring their patients for acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions.
As part of activities to mark World Acupuncture Day on Thursday 15 November 2018, UK acupuncturists will be writing to their GPs to highlight the wealth of evidence showing that acupuncture is a valid healthcare choice. This comes as underfunding and shortages have led to enormous pressure on the NHS with clinicians struggling to meet rising demand.
Head of research at the British Acupuncture Council, Mark Bovey, says Chinese medicine is a viable option and could help the NHS deal with some of the pressures: “More than 1000 studies are carried out globally each year into the effectiveness of acupuncture, so evidence is emerging all the time to show that it works.
“The evidence is particularly strong in the treatment of pain and, with one in five people in Europe living with moderate to severe chronic pain, acupuncture can make a real difference to patients with low back pain, headache, migraine and osteoarthritis. In some cases it has even been shown to be more effective than pharmaceuticals.
“There is also clinical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating anxiety, which research suggests affects up to one in three people, and a whole range of other conditions such as infertility, constipation, rhinitis and depression.
“If GPs referred patients for acupuncture for just some of these conditions the pressure on the NHS would be dramatically alleviated.”
World Acupuncture Day will be officially celebrated in Paris at a global conference in UNESCO House, where more than 1,000 leading health professionals and researchers from around the world will exchange knowledge, skills and practices in acupuncture and moxibustion.
To help celebrate the effectiveness of acupuncture here in Durham, our acupuncturist, Jill Marks, is offering a £5 discount to anyone who contacts us on Thursday 15th or Friday 16th November* to book their first consultation for body acupuncture, or £5 off the cost of a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment.
So if you haven’t tried acupuncture before, now is an excellent time to start experiencing the difference!
* Contact to be made on either of these dates; appointment can take place at a later date.