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The scope of acupuncture

The scope of acupuncture

In December 2018 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrative Healthcare published a report ( recommending that the government look into the possible benefits for the NHS when complementary, traditional and natural medicines are integrated with conventional Western medicine. That was a prompt for the British Acupuncture Council to write its own report, to press the case for acupuncture as a treatment that could be used alongside conventional medicine to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs in the UK. The aim was to summarise the evidence on safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, together with information on practitioner training and regulation, and see how acupuncture might be a good fit for the NHS. Even with all its facts and figures, it's leavened with examples of real life best practice in many different situations, with comments from the patients and practitioners involved. Although the focus is on the UK we have drawn heavily from other countries around the world, particularly the EU, US and Australia.

This report shows the scope of acupuncture across different illnesses, in different populations and countries, in terms of patient experience and benefits for national health systems that are struggling to cope with the tide of chronic disease. Acupuncture is indeed an evidence-based healthcare solution.

The report was researched and written by Rachel Edney, an experienced medical writer as well as acupuncture practitioner, from April to August 2019, and published in readiness for a parliamentary event in November 2019. After postponement due to the general election we are now excited to launch it here in March 2020.

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