Over 4 million acupuncture treatments are carried out annually in the UK. Musculoskeletal pain is the most common presenting symptom, although people seek acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions and issues.
Acupuncture has a very high satisfaction rate amongst users, according to research.
References: British Acupuncture Council evidence based factsheet about acupuncture research including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture in various conditions.
Posted on: May-15-2021 10:35 am
I am often asked about acupuncture for anxiety and stress. We see a lot of patients for anxiety, stress, depression and other mood or motivational issues. Acupuncture is something that a great number of these patients have said has changed their daily lives for the better. This works best if they can address other lifestyle issues (e.g. diet, exercise, relaxation strategies), and we can very often recommend strategies and experienced colleagues to concurrently support these aspects if this is desirable.
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Posted on: Mar-27-2021 10:31 am
by Helen Smallwood, acupuncturist, Shaftesbury Clinic
This blog post will concentrate on the use and research regarding acupuncture and mental health, and with a particular focus on depression.
Acupuncture is known by many as being holistic, which means it looks at the workings of the body and the mind overall in an integrated way, as opposed to seeing them as separate entities. Some people are surprised when I tell them acupuncture can be very beneficial for mental health as their first impression is that acupuncture is a very physical therapy and they are mainly associating it with its uses for pain and injuries.
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Posted on: Mar-18-2021 9:56 am
Acupuncture and the menopause; hot flushes
Acupuncture is increasingly used for many different conditions, but one that may not at first be obvious if that of menopausal symptoms, where acupuncture has been shown in studies to be of benefit. Here I will present information on acupuncture for hot flushes, and other menopausal symptoms of sleep quality, mood and anxiety, memory and cognition and general quality of life.
I’ll also discuss theories and scientific studies showing how acupuncture may be achieving these effects.
I will also touch on hot flushes of other causes, in males and females after cancer-treatment using hormonal drugs these can also cause “vasomotor symptoms”, also known as hot flushes.
I’ll discuss how research shows acupuncture to affect the hormonal system, and finally I’ll leave you with some information and links to follow up for the references and bibliography relating to this area.
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Posted on: May-30-2017 21:03 pm
About the research: It is worth noting that in research, randomised controlled studies (RCT) are the most reliable in terms of quality of evidence, with a systematic review or meta analysis of numerous studies being the best way of seeing the overall picture of the state of the evidence. Below we have a selection of the available research, which does include some larger RCTs, and reviews of the literature alongside smaller studies. The n= figure tells you how many people were participants in the study.
British Acupuncture Council Factsheet Directory
British Acupuncture Council Research Digest
Posted on: May-16-2016 14:05 pm
We are always happy to answer any questions that people put to us about acupuncture. One of the ones that used to take me by surprise was “but it’s just a placebo, right?”
Really? What a question. I was surprised to consider it possible that anyone would believe that an entire profession, training colleges, regulatory boards and research bodies would be built on a treatment that was placebo. Where would the ethics and justification come from? Why would acupuncture still exist?
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Posted on: Apr-5-2016 10:32 am