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Acupuncture (or Chinese Acupuncture) in Dorset

Acupuncture as practised by members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Acupuncture is an holistic approach to health based on over 2,000 years of Acupuncture development and refinement in the Far East. The Acupuncture tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease.

Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development practised predominantly by doctors and physiotherapists (Acupuncturists) which uses acupuncture techniques within their existing scope of practice on the basis of a western medical diagnosis.

Acupuncture is a popular therapy in Dorset.


Acupuncture Links

the British Medical Acupuncture Society

The British Acupuncture Council

Wikipedia Acupuncture Article


Acupuncture Documents

Acupuncture Article


Acupuncture in Dorset

Link to Dorset Acupuncturists Directory


Advice to patients wishing to try Acupuncture or any Complementary Therapies in Dorset
· Always start with your GP - regardless of which therapy you wish to practice always inform your GP. This will ensure that your total health needs are considered.
Your GP will be agood source of information about the therapy.

· Know the dangers of each Therapy - a number of therapies have potential problems and you should be informed of these by your therapist.

· Seek evidence based assessments of each therapy - look for research which scientifically evaluates thru clinical trials the acuracy of any claims about cure success rates.

· Limit your treatment - make sure that you do not becom
e a victim of therapists who try to extend treatment beyond that which is adding real benefit

· Look for a patients charter if there is one - some surgry / clinics publish a patients charter which explains your rights and sets your expectations.

· Check the clinics and therapists qualifications - this should be readily available. Some associations provide a tool on their websites to let you check that the therapist is actually qualified.

· Avoid therapies or clinics that purport to be panacea, a cure all - clinics that offer a range of herapies are more likley to have accepted that one therapy alone will not cure all ills.

· Therapy associations - know what to expect from them

· Ensure your therapist conforms to the NICE guidelines:


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