Traditional Acupuncture according to the British Acupuncture Council
Based on ancient principles which go back nearly three thousand years, acupuncture involves painlessly placing extremely fine, sterile needles at specific points on the body to trigger a healing response. Working on the basis of each body having its own energy flow known as qi 氣, Chinese medicine looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of an acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium but it also boasts numerous other health benefits.
The benefits of acupuncture are also supported by scientific research, which has documented a wide range of conditions. The British Acupuncture Council has been putting together fact sheets that outline the main evidence produced by the ongoing research, and is constantly updating and adding the newest findings.
The conditions are listed alphabetically and can be found by clicking below.
The Dutch Acupuncture Association- De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Acupunctuur (NVA) has also made available extensive records of scientific data regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture, as well as recommendations and guidelines for both patients and practitioners.
The scientific studies, articles and data bases can be found on the NVA website (in Dutch).