What is Acupuncture Therapy?
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine. This complementary therapy is based upon a healthcare system that has been practised all across East Asia for thousands of years.
During an acupuncture treatment, very fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body. These needles are packaged in individual sterile packaging, used only once, and then discarded safely. Normally, insertion of the needles involves no pain due to the fineness of the needle.
Is Acupuncture covered under the NHS?
The cost of acupuncture often can be covered by health insurance.
Mark is a registered provider with some private health insurers. Mark also provides low-cost acupuncture therapy at a G.P surgery.
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How Acupuncture Works?
As well as being an effective treatment for specific conditions, acupuncture therapy can enhance general well-being. Patients who have come for treatment for unrelated issues, often report improved sleep, digestion, and energy levels. Acupuncture is holistic and treats the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and by reconciling these, can enable us to remain healthy and to perform at our peak.
Acupuncture Therapy and Conventional Medicine
Two recent surveys published in the British Medical Journal found acupuncture to be a remarkably safe form of complementary therapy. Clinical trials are increasingly providing strong evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture.
The NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends acupuncture on the NHS as a front-line treatment for chronic back pain. Acupuncture therapy is carried out over a million times a year by conventional medical professionals in this country, over half on the NHS. The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture as a complementary therapy for a wide variety of conditions.