NHS approved use of Acupuncture
If you were unsure of whether acupuncture may be helpful for your condition please see the information below taken from the NHS NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines relating to acupuncture.
Common uses of acupuncture
There is no one health condition or set of conditions that acupuncture is meant to treat.
Instead, acupuncturists use the treatment for an extremely wide range of health conditions.
The use of acupuncture is not always based on scientific evidence. This means that practitioners may use acupuncture to treat a certain health condition, even though there have not been scientific trials showing that acupuncture works for that condition.
NICE recommended uses of acupuncture
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines to the NHS on use of treatments and care of patients. Currently, NICE recommends that acupuncture is a recognised treatment option for persistent lower back pain. NICE also recognises that there is positive evidence for the use of acupuncture for dental pain, pain and discomfort during gastrointestinal endoscopy, headache, nausea and vomiting after an operation, pain and discomfort during oocyte retrieval (a procedure used during IVF) and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Other common uses of acupuncture
Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and pain conditions, including:
headache and migraine
chronic pain, including neck and back pain
Acupuncture an also be used to treat a far wider range of conditions, including:
post-operative nausea and vomiting
allergies, including hay fever and eczema
depression and anxiety
digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
infertility and menstrual disorders
In addition to the conditions listed on the NHS website acupuncture is able to address many other conditions as during the consultation all factors relating to a patients health are taking into consideration before a diagnosis is reached and a treatment plan is agreed.
How many treatments are required?
Patients often ask how many treatments are required.
Typically, for a chronic condition, a treatment plan of up to 6 sessions is usually recommended initially, after which time a case review would be indicated, although it is common for patients to start to feel the benefits from the first treatment.
The sessions maybe be taken weekly or twice weekly depending on what suits the patient and their presentation.
Once progress has been achieved patients can then alter their treatment plan and may then only require treatments once every two weeks, or once a month until they are fully recovered. It is not uncommon for some patients to then come for occasional treatments once every 4 or 6 weeks to stop the return of a chronic condition and to maintain good health.
Some conditions such as digestive disorders, skin complaints, anxiety, insomnia, infertility and menstrual disorders would also greatly benefit from the concurrent use of herbal medicine alongside acupuncture.
Our acupuncturist, Larry, is qualified in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine and bodywork and she is happy to answer any queries you may have. If you wish to email her to ask her a question or if you wish to make an appointment click below.