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I know what it’s like to get very excited about something and want to find out even more. The internet is a big place and it can be a little overwhelming to navigate sometimes, so I’ve included some links to interesting articles about acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It’s not exactly an FAQ (although it may be questions that I get asked a lot); think of it as a place of information and education.

If there is anything that you don’t see here, don’t be shy. Get in touch and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.

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Tell me more about acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Is Ka Hang Leoungk a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)?
Yes, and as a BAcC member, your insurance company may pay for your acupuncture treatments with Ka Hang so do check with your health plan provider. Find out more about Ka Hang’s qualifications here.

What is that feeling of fullness or heaviness I get during my acupuncture treatment?
Almost every new patient of mine expresses surprise during their acupuncture treatment when they first experience the new sensation of de-qi. De-qi, which can be roughly translated to “obtaining the qi” or “arriving at the qi” often manifests as a heaviness or numbness, a soreness or achiness similar to a slight cramp. Read more here and here.

What you should know before you have acupuncture
Acupuncture, like any kind of therapy, relies heavily on the patient-practitioner relationship. For many patients, it is the first time they have ever forayed into the world of alternative therapy and these initial steps can be daunting. The patient is trusting someone they don’t know with their time, money and most important of all, their health. Read more

5 reasons to have acupuncture
Why should you see an acupuncturist to help with your health and wellbeing? Read more

Why have acupuncture? Q&A with Ka Hang Leoungk
A further look into the acupuncture experience, the concepts of Chinese medicine and an introduction to facial acupuncture. Read more

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The Happy Acupuncturist

I started the Happy Acupuncturist blog to spread the wonder of acupuncture as well provide a place of reflection. I write about the latest acupuncture research and studies as well general health and wellness. You can also find tips and ways on food and mindfulness to help you feel the best you can. Click here to read the 10 most recent blog posts or visit The Happy Acupuncturist to see the entire archive, including An Introduction to Chinese Medicine.

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Research

In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized acupuncture as effective for a wide range of common health conditions. You can view the full list of conditions that can benefit from acupuncture here.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released guidelines recommending that acupuncture be offered on the NHS as a treatment for lower back pain, the first time the health service watchdog had explicitly backed alternative therapies. Read more.

Update as of March 2016 Revised guidelines mean acupuncture is no longer on NICE recommended list for the treatment of low back pain and sciatica. Over 5000 people signed an online petition requesting that NICE keeps acupuncture on the list. Click here to see the argument for keeping acupuncture on the NICE guidelines..

In 2012 NICE reported that overuse of painkillers is one of the most common causes of headaches, affecting about one in 50 people. Women are five times more likely to suffer from these. They concluded that for tension-type headaches and migraines acupuncture is effective and recommended it as a preventative treatment. Read the full report here

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. They also have a wide and informative selection of fact sheets to help you understand how acupuncture may be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. Find out more

Acupuncture for chronic pain
A study, published in the prestigious Archives of Internal Medicine on 10 September 2012, showed that for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain acupuncture is effective and is therefore a reasonable referral option. The full article (subscription required) can be found here. Alternatively you can read more about the study on MedPage Today.

Japanese researchers show that acupuncture can improve skeletal muscle atrophy
Japanese researchers have revealed study results that show how acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss and holds promise for those seeking improved mobility through muscle rejuvenation. Read more

New MRI acupuncture research shows mind-body connection
A concept in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture is that the same symptoms can be caused by different factors and therefore the treatment for the same condition could be different depending on the individual. Imagine if you have a problem with always burning the dinner: you could try turning down the fire, adding more liquid, cooking the food for a shorter amount of time. Different changes but all result in a dinner that’s not charred and dry. Read more

Acupuncture being trialled in Australian emergency departments for acute pain relief
In 2009, a 3 year clinical trial began using acupuncture in emergency departments of Australian hospitals to treat migraine, back pain and ankle pain. Read more