Taking acupuncture to the House of Commons

You will probably have heard people talking about the positive effects that acupuncture has on couples who are going through IVF

Including co founder of IVF babble, Sara, who has spoken many times about how acupuncture transformed the experience of her final and successful round of fertility treatment. She says it left her feeling calm and relaxed, not only as a result of the actual treatment, but because she got to focus purely on herself for 45 minutes once a week, in a quiet room (which ‘smelt lovely’), whilst she poured her heart out to her acupuncturist about her all consuming desire to become a mother. But, as great as it is to hear from people who tell you how amazing it is, what you really want is the evidence – the research – the facts. 

We spoke to Colette Assor, ahead of her visit to the House of Commons on Wednesday

Colette Assor, a fertility registered acupuncturist with 20 years clinical experience who asked us to share some research with you. This is what she said:

“First of all, let’s clarify what acupuncture does. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, influencing the production of the body’s communication substances – hormones and neurotransmitters. So put simply acupuncture works on the brain to influence the hormone system. The resulting biochemical changes activate the body’s self-regulating homeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. It is also shown to Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs therefore influencing ovarian function.

Acupuncture is used regularly to alleviate anxiety symptoms by increasing serotonin and other feel good chemicals and is a great treatment for stress

It’s no surprise to hear it is one of the most popular complementary therapies used alongside IVF treatment in the UK.

Research demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture alongside IVF as well as optimising natural fertility. If you get a moment, you can read through the evidence yourself here

In the meantime, let me share some of the facts with you – In 2018 a systematic review found acupuncture to have a significant treatment effect in improving live birth rates of patients undergoing IVF and ICSI. A total of 3,188 sub fertile women from 12 randomised trials were included in this latest investigation. The study also indicated that acupuncture can reduce stress and anxiety and increase women’s ability to cope with the IVF process.

Acupuncture in the UK is not currently regulated so it is really important to seek treatment from a properly trained professional

The British Acupuncture Council is the UK’s largest professional self-regulatory body of Acupuncturists. All BAcC members are listed on the register of The Professional Standards Authority, an independent organisation accountable to the British Parliament. The aim of the Professional Standards Authority is to safeguard the public by ensuring the maintenance of high standards of care and safety. All members observe a strict code of professional conduct and ethics, so you know you are in safe hands.

The British Acupuncture council (BAcC) are launching a film to be shown at the House Of commons highlighting the high-levels work carried out by its members across the UK

The film will be unveiled at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday March 11th alongside a report on the scope of acupuncture around the world. Against a backdrop of chronic underfunding and workforce shortages in the NHS, The BAcC is striving to position acupuncture as a viable healthcare choice for a wide range of conditions. The film will feature the UK’s first professor of Acupuncture research, Hugh Mcpherson, who is based at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. His neuroimaging studies have attracted considerable scientific interest.

Head of research at the BAcC Mark Bovey, says”: There are around four million acupuncture treatments per year in the UK, of which half are delivered by Members of The British Acupuncture Council. More than 1000 studies are carried out globally each year into the effectiveness of acupuncture, so evidence is emerging all the time.”

Why use a BAcC practitioner

Only British Acupuncture Council members belong to a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited register, providing professional guarantees of safety, education and continuing professional development.

Look for the letters MBAcC after the name of your acupuncturist to ensure . . .

  • extensive training – minimum three years degree level – with relevant western medicine including anatomy and physiology
  • adherence to BAcC codes of safe practice and professional conduct
  • compliance with current health and safety legislation
  • full insurance cover for medical malpractice and public/products liability
  • mandatory continuing professional development to keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • postgraduate study of special interests

If you would like any further information, please do get in touch with the British Acupuncture Council

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