acupuncture dollWestern medical acupuncture: a definition

Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”.

Western Medical Acupuncture is used following an orthodox diagnosis and applies scientific principles to formulate a treatment to relieve symptoms.

Acupuncture has been provided in nurse-led group clinics in St Albans since 2008. It is funded by a commissioning group within the National Health Service, on a trial basis, for patients with knee osteoarthritis who would otherwise be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

All BMAS members are healthcare professionals who are able to use their wider medical knowledge to safely treat conditions that are suitable for acupuncture.

Western Medical Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of conditions including;

Musculoskeletal: Back and shoulder, neck and arm pain, chronic muscle strains, and various types of rheumatic and arthritic pain.

Headaches: tension type headaches, migraines.

Pregnancy and Childbirth: Fertility and IVF treatment, breech presentation, menstrual irregularities and the menopause.

Allergies: such as hay fever, perennial allergic rhinitis, urticaria or prickly heat.

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