There are approximately 4 million acupuncture treatments carried out in the UK each year making acupuncture one of the most popular complementary therapies. Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine, or as an alternative.
Some come to acupuncture as they want to relieve specific pains or symptoms naturally. Others to improve their general sense of wellbeing, maintain good health or as a preventative measure or when they feel their body is out of balance, but have had no formal medical diagnosis.
There is a growing body of evidence-based clinical research on how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a variety of health conditions. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has created a Research Digest with up to date research summaries on the most common conditions that acupuncture may be beneficial for:
- Musculoskeletal conditions including lower back, shoulder, neck and knee pain
- Headache and migraine
- Stress related illness: anxiety, insomnia, depression, panic attacks, poor concentration, general fatigue
- Gynaecological conditions: irregular, heavy or painful periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, PMT, menopausal symptoms
- Fertility: natural fertility, IVF assistance, male infertility
- Pregnancy and post-natal support
- Digestive conditions and IBS
- Allergic respiratory conditions including hay fever and asthma
The BAcC has compiled fact sheets on the efficacy of acupuncture for over 60 conditions.