It’s an exciting time to be part of the global acupuncture movement. Next month sees the inaugural World Acupuncture Day conference taking place in Paris and British Acupuncturists are at the forefront of the celebrations.
The conference on November 15th brings together acupuncturists, researchers, and other medical and health professionals to share knowledge and expertise of acupuncture.
The Chair of the British Acupuncture Council Phil Rose-Neil will address the 1000 plus delegates to discuss how acupuncture could be a more integral part of the NHS. Many GPs and physiotherapists are trained in dry needling techniques, but these methods are limited in their use, and a fuller acceptance of TCM Acupuncture could bring far-reaching results for many more chronically ill patients.
Acupuncture as part of the cultural heritage of humanity
The conference takes place at the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) building in Paris to mark eight years since the inclusion of acupuncture and moxibustion on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This list was created to ensure the protection of important practices, knowledge or skills and to raise awareness of their significance to humanity.
What about the evidence?
An objection I often hear from acupuncture sceptics is that there is little research underpinning the practise. But as the Gerd Ohmstede, Vice-President of the World Acupuncture Day Organization points out: ‘Globally, there are more than 1000 scientific studies a year on the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, but many people are not aware of them.’
Such studies highlight how safe, effective, and cost-efficient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture truly is.
Here in the UK, TCM Acupuncture has been studied and practised since the 1950s. Now, 1 in 4 people in the EU use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and acupuncture is a big part of this.
Despite such widespread use, CAM therapies are not considered in either EU or UK national health policy or care provision. It is left up to the individual to do their own research and find reputable practitioners to meet their health needs.
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