Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for painful conditions as well as for well-being. The National Institute for Health and Medical excellence (NICE) has validated the use of acupuncture for back pain, headaches and knee pain in particular. Many patients also find relief from neck and shoulder pain, women's health issues and for general well-being.
An initial appointment, where a full medical history is taken, examination as appropriate and an acupuncture treatment, takes approximately 45 minutes. This should generally be followed by weekly treatments of about 20 minutes each for a further 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the patient's response.
10% of patients are "super-responders" and up to 10% find little or no improvement. The remaining 80% of patients can expect a variable response to treatment. Medical acupuncture uses many of the same points as Chinese acupuncture, but all members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society have a medical or paramedical qualification, are regulated by their relevant governing body and are covered by medical indemnity.
(British Medical Acupuncture Society) for more information on acupuncture treatments, and practitioners in this area.