About Acupuncture

Worldwide, people who see Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners might go for any number of reasons…

  • Acupuncture has been used to help people gain holistic wellbeing for thousands of years.
  • It is conservatively estimated to be around 2,500 years old; some historians believe it is even older.
  • Today it is in use in contemporary complementary (and some integrated health) practices all around the world.
  • It has become firmly established as one of the more widely available complementary health options used in the West.

An Evidence Based Practice:

  • Research published in 2009 found that Traditional Chinese Medicine accounted for approximately 1.3 billion outpatient visits within the Chinese public healthcare system in 2008 (1).
  • The British Acupuncture Council has many online factsheets about the current state of research on acupuncture.
  • The UK’s publicly funded National Health Service offers acupuncture for back pain, migraines and headache
  • The World Health Organisation now has many reports and guidelines on the use of acupuncture. Back in 2003, it produced a report synthesising the findings of many studies with evidence of benefit for a wide variety of listed conditions.
  • To discuss your needs in complete confidence,

speak to Barcelona acupuncturist Ruth Westnidge:

call (+34) 662 260 128

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1. Xu, J. & Yang, Y. (2009). ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine In The Chinese Health Care System’. Health Policy. 90, p.133-139.

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