We changed our name in the spring because many of the therapies we offer at York Clinic are no longer ʻalternativeʼ or ʻcomplementaryʼ but are integrated with mainstream health services. Counselling, psychotherapy and acupuncture, for example, are used by patients in both the NHS and private healthcare. In fact NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which carefully reviews the research and advises doctors on best practice, recommends that patients with persistent low back pain should try acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy. An integrated approach also means using different interventions together. Often people will be using medication alongside their York Clinic therapy, or they may use several therapies together. For example, colonics, nutrition and herbs may help to ease digestive problems more effectively than one therapy used alone.

Acupuncture can be used during fertility treatment to enhance the bodyʼs natural processes aiding conception. In particular a landmark study (Paulus et al 2002) looked at the effect of acupuncture at the time of embryo transfer during IVF treatment. They found that in the group that received acupuncture, 42.5% of patients had a clinical pregnancy compared to 26.3% of the non-acupuncture (control) group.

Our training ensures that we know when to refer to a GP or other healthcare professional when necessary. Under our new name, our team of healthcare practitioners aim to provide an integrated service designed to help you feel better and get well.