Patient Information

What sorts of conditions respond to acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is effective in a range of painful conditions and is commonly used for short-term relief of chronic low back pain and neck pain, and can help with the management of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
  • There is good evidence that it is effective in the short term relief of tension type headaches and migraine, and of temporomandibular joint pain.
  • Short term improvements in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome (through electroacupuncture at the point SP6).

The list above is limited by the current rules governing advertising, and how they are interpreted. If you have a question about the possible role of acupuncture in a specific medical condition or in the treatment of an individual patient please contact Allyson at the BMAS London Teaching Clinic.

What is involved in having acupuncture?

Every patient will have an initial assessment, followed by a course of treatment suitable for the condition.

Treatment is usually provided in six consecutive appointments but may be less if the condition responds quickly. However, if the practitioner feels that your condition can not be treated with acupuncture, you will be recommended to see your GP or appropriate specialist.

The treatment itself involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual or low voltage electrical stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three.

Who will give the acupuncture treatment?

All BMAS acupuncturists are regulated healthcare professionals, who have also undertaken additional training in Western medical acupuncture. Many of them are GPs although increasing numbers come from other healthcare professions.

BMAS members work within the scope of their primary profession, and are able to use their orthodox healthcare training to assess and safely treat conditions a variety of conditions that are suitable for acupuncture.

Health Care Providers and insurance schemes

Some private health care providers such as BUPA, PPP and WPA pay for treatment under their health care policies. They will usually only do this if the treatment is being provided by an accredited BMAS member. If you are a member of a health care scheme, please telephone them for further information.

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FIND A PRACTITIONER IN YOUR AREA

ATTENDING THE BMAS LONDON TEACHING CLINIC AS A PATIENT

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE

INFORMATION ABOUT BLOOD DONATION AFTER ACUPUNCTURE