Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Eastern medicine that involves the use of very fine needles that are inserted just below the skin at strategic points in the body known as 'acupuncture points'. This is believed to help regulate the body's flow of energy (Qi) and restore health.


Acupuncture has been extensively used to restore, promote and maintain good health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises a wide variety of conditions that can be treated effectively by acupuncture.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for the management of chronic pain (see NICE guideline published on April 2021).


For further information on the effectiveness of acupuncture for specific conditions please refer to individual factsheets published by the British Acupuncture Council.

Woman Receiving Acupuncture
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