UK Current Status Quo

According to Advertising Codes of Practice (ASA) and Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), the list of conditions which has so far met the substantiation criteria is extremely limited and is as follows:

  • Dental pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee (it must be made clear that effects are temporary and that acupuncture is used as adjunctive treatment, not a standalone one)
  • Short-term relief of tension-type headache
  • Temporary or short-term relief of lower back pain

We would like to remind whoever seeking help from us to take this information into consideration before any decision is made.

However, it is necessary to let people know that WHO has a list of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture. It include ‘diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment’ such as facial pain, headache, sciatica, knee, neck and low back pain. The WHO also lists ‘diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed’. For a complete list of conditions and more information, please click here.

More information on acupuncture can be found online. Here are some main sites:

  • The British Acupuncture Council factsheet (our website or here)
  • The journal of Chinese Medicine research (here)
  • Mayo Clinic (here)

All in all, keep ASA rules in mind. Don’t just take our words for it, make your own judgments.

If you are interested, please read further on to see what we can offer:

In the meantime, should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call on 07588560758 or email