How to become an Acupuncturist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body. It is used to treat a range of conditions, such as lower back pain, infertility and depression, and to prevent illness, aid recovery and promote general wellbeing. Acupuncture is not widely available through the NHS, and most clients pay for their treatment.

Many acupuncturists operate from a home base or on a mobile basis. Others share premises with related complementary therapists such as Reiki practitioners and reflexologists.

Acupuncture is not statutorily regulated in the UK but the majority of acupuncturists are members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the leading self-regulatory body representing acupuncturists in the UK. There are also two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary therapy practitioners such as acupuncturists; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the therapist's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an acupuncturist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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