Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023
It’s here! The start of Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023: Getting to the point of it—a national campaign launched by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) to highlight the benefits of traditional acupuncture.
We know the power of traditional acupuncture, and this week is about informing you of its efficacy in practice.
WHAT DO WE WANT YOU TO KNOW?
We want everyone to know the following:
- Acupuncture is a valid healthcare choice used to help manage a range of conditions. To view the latest research, check out the research and fact sheets on the BAcC website.
- The BAcC is the UK’s leading professional body for traditional acupuncturists, upholding high training and safety standards in practice.
- Prospective patients can visit the BAcC website and use the ‘find a practitioner‘ tool to find a BAcC acupuncturist near them.
But you don’t just need to take our word for it; look at this film commissioned by the BAcC in 2020; we think those interviewed sum up the positive impact traditional acupuncture can have beautifully.
“We are immensely proud of our members and their commitment to providing the highest standard of professional care for their patients.”British Acupuncture Council (2023)
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
In preparation for this awareness week, the BAcC commissioned a national opinion poll across a random sample of 2,000+ UK citizens aged 18 and over and carried out its own survey amongst its members. Both offered some very insightful and positive results.
The BAcC press release surrounding Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023 explores some key issues set against the context of current NHS waiting lists/ post-COVID backlog. Read The BAcC press release here. The press release and survey results also provide a positive platform to discuss the essential but sometimes controversial issue of a fear of needles or pain, offering an opportunity to redress these misconceptions.
[People] said they were concerned the treatment might hurt, with one in five (19%) saying a fear of needles would put them off acupuncture. In actual fact, the thinnest acupuncture needle is ¼ of the thickness of a standard hypodermic needle – about the thickness of the fullest human hair – and acupuncture is reported by many patients to be deeply relaxing.Atomik Research (2023)
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
This week, the BAcC’s Acupuncture Awareness 2023 campaign will be ‘getting to the point’ of different areas of interest, including the following :
- What exactly is traditional acupuncture, and how does it work?
- The research and supporting evidence available.
- The importance of Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accreditation and high training standards.
- The BAcC’s role in upholding professional standards.
- The benefits of BAcC membership.
BACC BLOGS FROM ACUPUNCTURE AWARENESS WEEK 2023:
Check out the BAcC’s daily blogs for Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023:
- Could Traditional Chinese Acupuncture be the unsung hero for mental health? Why acupuncture shouldn’t be a last resort.
- What’s the alternative? New research suggests that patients are reaching for complementary therapies in preference to prescription painkillers
- Getting to the point of… Acupuncture Awareness Week 2023
- Getting to the point of… Traditional acupuncture
- Getting to the point of… the importance of PSA accreditation
Can acupuncture help me?
For the most up-to-date research and evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture, please visit the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) website.
If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture may be able to help you, please contact us today.