Welcome to the website of Wessex Acupuncture Group which consists of highly trained professional acupuncturists who practice in the South West, in an area roughly bordered by Exeter to the west, Salisbury to the east, Bristol in the north and Weymouth to the south.

BAcCWe are all both Traditional Acupuncturists as well as members of the British Acupuncture Council.

To find a Traditional Acupuncturist working in a location convenient to you, please look first at our interactive map and then refer to the practitioner listings page for full details.

This website will help give you an understanding specifically about Traditional Acupuncture, but please be aware that there are other practitioners of ‘acupuncture’ who have had a very different and in some cases hardly any training whatsoever.

How do Traditional Acupuncturists differ from other acupuncturists?

Acupuncture PointsTwo groups of health professionals employ acupuncture techniques in their clinical work. The main group are professional traditional acupuncturists who have normally completed a 3,500 hour, degree level training in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation. The training includes the study of conventional clinical sciences as well as formal instruction in an authentic holistic tradition of a medical practice that has been established in China over the last 2,500 years. This is the style of acupuncture recognised by many governments which have legal licensing of its practice, such as those of America, China, Japan and Australia. Traditional acupuncture is practiced by over 1 million acupuncturists worldwide.

The other group consists of conventional medical practitioners such as doctors and nurses together with physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths who may also use needling methods as an extra to their professional practice. Their style of acupuncture is often presented as dry needling, trigger point acupuncture or Western Medical Acupuncture.

This group of practitioners have in most cases not trained in traditional Chinese acupuncture. Instead they have undertaken a very short training which typically for a physiotherapist of up to 80 hours. This type of training pays no heed to the overall health and wellbeing of the patient.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. It was formed in 1995 from five precursor bodies, the oldest of which was established in the early 60s. It now has over 3000 members. The first and foremost aim of the council is to protect and safeguard the public interest by maintaining high standards of education, ethics, discipline and safe practice amongst its members. BAcC-registered acupuncturists are trained in relevant aspects of Western medicine including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology. This enables the properly trained and qualified professional acupuncturist to recognise when it is in the patient’s best interest to be referred on for other specialist care.

Training standards in traditional acupuncture at most of the UK University and College courses are assessed and guaranteed by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. Details of these courses and the accreditation process can be found at http://www.baab.co.uk/study-acupuncture … urses.html

The British Acupuncture Council has produced a series of Fact Sheets, published on its website, (http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/ … tions.html) on the effectiveness of acupuncture in addressing a number of conditions, and these all include an extensive discussion of the evidence available. Each year 2.3 million traditional acupuncture treatments are carried out in the UK, making it one of the most popular complementary therapies. The National Institute for Health Care Excellence, NICE, in 2009, based on the evidence available, recommended the use of acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain and in 2012 for migraines and tension type headaches.

To ask a question about traditional acupuncture please visit http://www.acupuncture.org.uk


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