NHS Endorsement for Acupuncture
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that Acupuncture should be made available on the NHS for persistent non-specific back pain. More recently NICE has recommended that GP’s should consider a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture for the preventative treatment of tension-type headaches and migraine.
Endorsement by World Health Organisation (WHO)
Acupuncture has been acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to benefit a variety of illnesses (including allergies, anxiety, asthma, coughs, colds and flu, constipation and diarrhoea, depression, gynaecological conditions, insomnia, low immunity, PMS, sciatica, tendonitis). Visit the WHO website to view ‘Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials’.
Can I claim on my insurance?
Some private health insurance policies cover the provision of complementary healthcare such as Reflexology and Acupuncture. You will need to check your policy details on the criteria that must be met for reimbursement. If you would like to make a claim against your insurance policy, you will still need to pay at the time you come for a consultation and then arrange for reimbursement with your insurance provider.
The cost or partial cost of acupuncture treatment by a Member of the British Acupuncture Council is covered by many insurance companies. Please check with your individual insurance company to see if you are covered.