Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00

What's the difference?

Acupuncture practice in the UK today is carried out by two main groups of professionals, namely those who have received training in the theory and practice of traditional acupuncture, and those who have training in western medicine and who practice a modality of acupuncture known as western medical acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture treatment is holistic in nature and has as its underlying principle, the concept of qi or vital force which is distributed around the body through a system of meridians or channels. In the UK, practitioners of traditional acupuncture are represented and governed by the British Acupuncture Council, and have all received a degree level qualification or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, as a minimum requirement for membership. Western medical acupuncture, on the other hand, practices a modality based on concepts of neuroanatomy and physiology, rather than the traditional theories of qi and meridians.

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