Acupuncture Awareness Week supported by the British Acupuncture Council runs from 25th February-3rd March 2013 and aims to help better inform people about the ancient practice of acupuncture. The campaign will highlight how acupuncture can be used to treat a number of issues including overall health and wellbeing and anxiety.
With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realise acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognised health benefits.
Tom Sydenham, a member of the British Acupuncture Council comments:
“Many traditional acupuncturists are trained to treat people on an emotional level as well as a physical level. Feeling anxious or depressed without reason can mean that a part of the body is out of balance and traditional acupuncture may help by unblocking the organs that are involved and under duress.”
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.
Studies suggest that many people are still resorting to medication without thinking about the natural alternatives. Research has shown that acupuncture may specifically benefit anxiety disorders by acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Acupuncture also promotes relaxation and deactivates the parts of the brain responsible for angst and worry.
Tom continues: “On a purely physical level acupuncture has been shown to help the body to produce endorphins – the body’s natural opiates. These are what makes you feel good and reduce stress levels.”
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. To find your local practitioner visit www.acupuncture.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
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.