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The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has launched a comprehensive research review in a bid to rebuff claims that acupuncture is not an effective treatment for subfertility.

The review, which is for both health professionals and subfertile patients, brings together the latest research and evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Authored by BAcC member Lianne Aquilina – who holds an MSc in applied health research and a BSc Hons in acupuncture – and the BAcC’s research manager, Mark Bovey, the review shows that acupuncture improves the birth rate of subfertile women undergoing reproductive treatment.

The chief executive of the British Acupuncture Council has written to government ministers in Spain urging them to reconsider plans to ban complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) from health centres and universities.

Rob Strange MBE said he was dismayed to learn of the Spanish government’s proposals and said he feared it was a knee-jerk reaction that would have far-reaching consequences.

In a statement last month Spanish science and health ministers said Protection of Health Against Pseudotherapies proposal would avoid the ‘potential harmful effects’ of such treatments when ‘they are used as an alternative or a complement to treatment which themselves are based on proof and scientific rigour’.

Acupuncturists from around the world came together last week to mark the inaugural World Acupuncture Day.

More than 1,000 delegates gathered at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris for a conference on Thursday 15 November, while in London the British Acupuncture Council held a high-profile press briefing.

The Paris event, organised by the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) in conjunction with the World Acupuncture Day Organization (WADO), brought together practitioners, researchers, politicians, academics and administrators of all disciplines related to acupuncture and moxibustion.

In London, acupuncturists, researchers and doctors presented the latest evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture to an audience of MPs and journalists, who gathered at the Shard.

Elsewhere in the UK acupuncturists marked the day with a variety of events, ranging from holding taster sessions for charity to writing to their local GPs and MPs.

Clinicians in across the UK are being urged by the British Acupuncture Council to consider referring their patients for acupuncture to treat a range of different conditions.

As part of a series of activities to mark the inaugural World Acupuncture Day on Thursday 15 November 2018, acupuncturists will be writing to their GPs to highlight the wealth of evidence showing that acupuncture is a valid healthcare choice.

On Friday (26 Oct) Dan Jarvis MP submitted a written question to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asking what steps the Department is taking to maintain the provision of acupuncture services within the NHS.

The chair of the British Acupuncture Council’s Governing Board will be one of a group of international speakers at a global conference being hosted by UNESCO in Paris next month.

Phil Rose-Neil will address more than 1,000 delegates from up to 70 countries at the inaugural World Acupuncture Day conference on Thursday 15 November 2018.

The event will bring together leading medical and health professionals and researchers to exchange knowledge, skills and practices in acupuncture.

Vice-president of the World Acupuncture Day Organization (WADO), Gerd Ohmstede, said: ‘Globally, there are more than 1,000 scientific studies a year on the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine but many people are not aware of them.

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