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About the BAcC:
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of nearly 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists. It is the UK's largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture. BAcC members practise a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years. To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in traditional acupuncture (minimum three years full-time or part-time equivalent), which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture.
Traditional acupuncture as practised by members of the BAcC is based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,500 years. Traditional acupuncture is holistic, not focused on isolated symptoms. It regards pain and illness, whether physical or mental, to be a sign the whole body is out of balance. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists, who use acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis
Why use a BAcC practitioner?
Only British Acupuncture Council members belong to a Professional Standards Authority accredited register, providing professional guarantees of safety, education and continuing development (professionalstandards.org.uk)
Look for the letters MBAcC after the name of your acupuncturist to ensure:
- extensive training – minimum three years degree level – with relevant western medicine including anatomy and physiology
- adherence to BAcC codes of safe practice and professional conduct
- compliance with current health and safety legislation
- full insurance cover for medical malpractice and public/products liability
- mandatory continuing professional development to keep knowledge and skills up to date
- postgraduate study of special interests such as pain management and acupuncture for children
Find a BAcC registered acupuncturist near you