Acupuncture Recognised by NHS

Referenced from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acupuncture/

“Acupuncture practitioners – sometimes called acupuncturists – use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions. However, the use of acupuncture is not always based on rigorous scientific evidence.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines for the NHS on the use of treatments and care of patients.

Currently, NICE only recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for:

Acupuncture is also often used to treat other musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and pain conditions, including:

  • joint pain
  • dental pain
  • postoperative pain

However, the evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture compared with other treatments is unclear.

Acupuncture on the NHS

Acupuncture is sometimes available on the NHS, most often from GP surgeries or physiotherapists, although access is limited.

Most acupuncture patients pay for private treatment. The cost of acupuncture varies widely between practitioners.

If you’re being treated by an acupuncture practitioner for a health condition or are considering having acupuncture, it’s advisable to discuss this with your GP.”

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