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Things you need to know when looking for a professional acupuncturist

When looking for a professional acupuncturist in the UK it is very important not only look for a practitioner that is qualified but also one that is credible and has a good reputation.

painting of oriental landscapeAcupuncture is growing increasingly popular here in the UK now with each passing year. With a growing global concern for better health and a more natural approach to healthcare, it is no wonder that alternative disciplines such as acupuncture, osteopathy, kinesiology and chiropractic to name but a few, are increasingly popular with the members of the public.

Acupuncture has continued to receive great reviews over the last few years. Not only from recipients of this ancient form of medicine but also from various studies that have been conducted around the treatment of numerous ailments.

As science continues to evolve year after year, some aspects of acupuncture that were once deemed 'hocus pocus' are now showing to hold considerable relevance.

However, even with the increasing number of great reviews that are coming about with regards to the practice of acupuncture, one must take care to ensure that they seek out a qualified and reputable practitioner.

Steps top take to ensure you visit a qualified and credible acupuncture practitioner

Member of a governing body

When looking for an acupuncture practitioner in your area, if you do not have a word of mouth recommendation from someone you know, a good place to start is to search online for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) or the Acupuncture Society (MAcS).

The BAcC and the MAcS are the two primary governing bodies of the profession in the United Kingdom. Their members have completed an accredited course in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and must also follow strict rules regarding hygienic practice and professional conduct. The members of these two governing bodies must also keep up with the industry standards of best practice and ensure they continue to keep their skills up to date by attending post-graduate workshops and seminars.

Where did they study?

It is also wise to ask the practitioner where they studied, how long long was their course and what kind of qualification they received.

Generally speaking, it is important to ensure that your practitioner holds a recognized qualification of at least a Diploma status, but preferably a Degree.

Acupuncture training in the UK is typically over a duration of 3-4 years full-time or 5 years part-time. Degree courses offer a greater depth of both academic and practical training. Anything less is just not an acceptable level of training as the subject matter is complex and takes the time to absorb, digest and then apply in practice.

Knowing where your practitioner graduated from will give you good insight into both the quality of your therapist and the style which they practice.

UK colleges such as the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM), the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) and the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) are amongst the top in the country.

How long has your practitioner been practicing for?

Although there are a few students who graduate and can perform acupuncture to a reasonably good level even in the early days of their practice, most need time to grow into their skills with experience. Acupuncture is a hard discipline to learn and takes many years of experience to master.

That being said, a fully qualified acupuncturist who is new to the profession can still treat a wide range of ailments and accomplish great results from their clinical practice. However, if you are suffering from a serious or rare condition, then you may wish to seek out a practitioner with either considerable experience in acupuncture and or specialist knowledge and understanding around your disease.

Do they have insurance?

It is very important to ensure that your practitioner has full insurance cover for the treatments that they are providing. In the unlikely and rare event that something may go wrong during your treatment you will want to know that your practitioner has things covered.


Does your practitioner have an extensive list of positive reviews and glowing testimonials from other people who have used their services? Many acupuncturists will have testimonials on their website. However, a great place to check for public reviews is on the directory.


Acupuncture is growing the industry here in the UK. With more and more people taking to the profession each year, it is important that you seek out a practitioner that is both qualified and credible before undergoing treatment.