Acupuncture Awareness Week is supported by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and aims to answer some of the question people have about acupuncture, raise awareness of the benefits of acupuncture and enable people to make an informed decision on treatment.  BAcC have set up a special website with lots of information about the week and it is well worth a look.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person and aims to improve their health and wellbeing. It is a complementary medical practice that uses needles to stimulates certain points on the body.

One of the most popular myths in acupuncture is about the size of the needle used in treatment.  The acupuncture needle is as fine as a human hair and some are just 0.1mm in width. While most people might experience a slight tingling sensation when the needle is inserted, it is nothing like the pain of being given an injection and doesn’t normally hurt.

Why choose acupuncture?

The therapy is widely accepted as an effective solution for a range of illnesses and symptoms from acne to vertigo.  There is a list of conditions and relevant research on the British Acupuncture Council Website.

How do I choose an acupuncturist?

It is always a good idea to choose an acupuncturist who is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).  Here are just a few reasons why choosing a  BAcC member is a good idea.

  • All members are trained to degree-level and meet standards laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • All members agree to abide by the British Acupuncture Council’s codes of professional conduct and safe practice.
  • Every member has to undertake at least 30 hours continuing professional development a year in order to remain on the BAcC register.
  • The British Acupuncture Council can give you clear and accurate information to help you choose an acupuncturist.
  • There is a fair and robust Complaints procedure.
  • The British Acupuncture Council is widely recognised and supported by other key health and care stakeholders in the UK.
  • The BAcC has been rigorously assessed by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and awarded the PSA quality mark.

What should I do before a treatment?

You don’t really need to do anything special before treatment but here are a few simple steps to ensure you get the most out of your session:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine – one of the aims of the treatment is to relax you, so try to avoid anything with caffeine in it.
  • Food – If possible have a light a meal two to three hours before your appointment, to allow your food time to digest.
  • Timing – After your treatment you will probably feel incredibly relaxed so try not to do anything too stressful after the treatment.
  • Clothing – It is a good idea to wear loose clothing, although sometimes you will be ask to partially undress.
  • Don’t Worry – most importantly try not worry about the treatment.

What about the consultation?

You will be asked questions about your medical history and all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Your acupuncturist may also look at your tongue and feel your pulses on both wrists. This will allow your acupuncturist to create a unique plan for you.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies for each individual but a course of six treatments is often recommended with a session once or twice a week.

If you need more information go to BAcC or contact York Clinic

For more information or to book an appointment with an acupuncturist at the York Clinic, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at,or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.