Acupuncture Research

Today 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year by British Acupuncture Council members and the therapy is widely accepted as an effective solution for a range of illnesses and symptoms.

How can acupuncture help me?

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture, as practised by British Acupuncture Council members, safely treats a wide range of common health problems including short-term relief of symptoms such as  tension-type headaches,  migraine-type headaches, nausea and vomiting and dental pain. It can also be used to help temporarily relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee  and neck pain (along with exercise and conventional medicine).

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture on the NHS for migraines and headaches.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) recommends acupuncture  for chronic pain, including lower back pain and knee pain.


Below you will find links to fact sheets produced by The British Acupuncture Council, these provide useful information about how acupuncture helps some of the most common conditions treated in this clinic and a summary of the clinical evidence compiled to date.

This is by no means a comprehensive list and the exclusion of your particular condition does not mean that it can not be treated. If you are unsure whether acupuncture can help you or have any questions about the treatment then please contact us.

Anxiety Back pain Childbirth
Chronic fatigue syndrome Chronic pain Depression
Dysmenorrhoea Endometriosis Facial pain
Female fertility Frozen shoulder Gout
Headache Herpes Infertility ART
Insomnia Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Male infertility
Menopausal symptoms Migraines Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain Neuropathic pain Obesity
Obstetrics PCOS Premenstrual syndrome
Raynaud’s Rheumatoid arthritis Sciatica
Sinusitis Sports Injuries Stress
Stroke Tennis elbow Tinnitus
Urinary incontinence Vertigo

For the British Acupuncture Council’s full list of conditions and information how acupuncture can help, please click here:

Further Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine research sources