clinical trials & international reviews

Current Research Papers


N.I.C.E. guidelines for lower back pain Sep 2014N.I.C.E. Guidelines

Acupuncture & Lower Back Pain


The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost effective short term treatment for the management of early, persistent, nonspecific lower back pain. N.I.C.E. guidelines on best practice recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain.

N.I.C.E. guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain


CG 150 : Headaches

Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults 2012

N.I.C.E. conclude that acupuncture is the only proven method to prevent tension-type headaches and migraine, and that doctors should prescribe up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5–8 weeks for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headache.

N.I.C.E. guidelines for the management of headaches in young people and adults

W.H.O. & Acupuncture Belper Derbyshire April 2013World Health Organisation & Acupuncture

The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture has been tested in controlled clinical trials. The following link will take you directly to the relevant page on their web site.

Acupuncture: Review & Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials

Acupuncture Wirksworth Ripley Matlock April 2013The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (A.R.R.C.)

provides a specialist resource for research into acupuncture. A.R.R.C. was set up by the BAcC in 1994 and is currently hosted by the Centre for Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine (C.C.H.I.M.) at Thames Valley University.

The BAcC established A.R.R.C. to:

  • improve the evidence base and demonstrate the value of traditional acupuncture
  • collect acupuncture research data from available sources
  • develop and apply research methods that are suited to investigating traditional acupuncture
  • increase awareness of the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture by providing good quality information to practitioners, other health service providers, journalists, researchers, government bodies and the public
  • liaise with other researchers and establish a network of research-active practitioners
  • produce review papers on the latest evidence-based clinical trials into the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of specific conditions
  • encourage and support BAcC members’ research projects
  • conduct the BAcC’s own research projects
  • organise an annual research symposium for healthcare professionals from all backgrounds

The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (A.R.R.C.)


Derbyshire Acupuncture April 2013

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