Further Information


According to Information taken from the NHS website, 2012

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines             to the NHS on use of treatments and care of patients. Currently, NICE recommends that acupuncture is considered as a treatment option for one condition: persistent lower        back pain  For other common uses, Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions and pain conditions, including:

headache and migraine

chronic pain, including neck and back pain

joint pain

dental pain

post-operative pain

Some acupuncturists use acupuncture to treat a far wider range of conditions, including:

post-operative nausea and vomiting

allergies, including hay fever and eczema


depression and anxiety

digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

infertility and menstrual disorders


According to BUPA (2012)  www.bupa.co.uk

There is good scientific evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving:

knee pain (from osteoarthritis for example)

the sensation of feeling sick and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy

the sensation of feeling sick and vomiting following surgery

tension-type headaches


lower back pain

Press Articles:

Acupuncture is 'better at beating a bad back than conventional treatments'

Read more at: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1180623/Acupuncture-better-beating-bad-conventional-treatments.html

Acupuncture appears to be an effective treatment for chronic back ache with sufferers reporting a 20 per cent reduction in pain, according to research.



Guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)1

recommend that a course of manual therapy be made available on the NHS to patients in

England and Wales for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.

The manual therapies reviewed by NICE were spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation

and massage.

The health and safety of acupuncture

The York acupuncture safety study by MacPherson, Thomas, Walters  and Fitter (BMJ, 2001) involved a prospective survey of 34,000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists and their conclusion in this prospective survey stated that no serious adverse events were reported after 34,407 acupuncture treatments. This is consistent, with 95% confidence, with an underlying serious adverse event rate of between 0 and 1.1 per 10,000 treatments.  

Benefits of massage for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

The conclusions of a research study by Perlman; Williams; Njike and Katz (2006) found that Massage therapy seems to be effective in the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the knee.

Safety of massage treatments and benefits for neck pain

The researchers concluded that therapeutic massage is safe and may have benefits for treating chronic neck pain, at least in the short term. Sherman ,Cherkin, Hawkes, et al. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19333174 Clinical Journal of Pain. 2009.

New Regulations.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced that the Advertising Code, newly revised by the  Committee Of Advertising (CAP)was implemented from March 1st 2011. This Code applies to other advertisements.  These changes affect and restrict the way in which written advertisements for Chinese and Complementary Medicine Practice are presented to the public. Therefore, to help to clarify this, the following paragraph has been  provided. (ATCM, April 2011)

“Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat many health conditions for many centuries in China and has gained more and more recognition in the world in recent years. However, due to the restriction of CAP code, we are not allowed to use the word ‘treatment’ and give the list of diseases we can treat. If you would like to find out whether we can help with your particular condition, please telephone our clinic for information.”

Useful websites


Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK(ATCM) www.atcm.co.uk

Health Care insurance

Here is a list of Insurance Companies that recognise ATCM.


Medisure (requires consultant referral)

Sovereign Health Care - www.sovereignhealthcare.co.uk

HSF Health Plan

National Friendly

Health Shield

It may be worthwhile to check with your own health insurance provider as you may find that the cost of Complementary Therapies treatment may be included. Here is a list of some of the companies that link with the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.