If you want treatment, finding an acupuncturist is quite easy these days.
In the past, the only ways of finding an acupuncturist would be to check your local phone book, or call directory inquiries. However, with the vast quantity of information available online, it is easy finding an acupuncturist.
Of course, you want to be sure that the therapist you find is trained and certified, so look first for their qualifications. The governing body in this country is the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and all their members have completed a thorough training of at least three years.
Therapists trained in this way carry the letters MBAcC after their name. All members of the BAcC adhere to agreed standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice, thus ensuring the health and safety of all their patients.
The BAcC maintains a list of over 2,800 members, whose details are published each year in the Register of Practitioner Members. You can either request a copy of the full Register (?5.00), request that the BAcC office sends you a list of your local practitioner members (free of charge), or visit the BAcC website.
An alternative professional body is the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists [AACP], a clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy [CSP]. Their aim is to integrate the practice into Physiotherapy, and they also maintain a database of members.
Consult the AACP website for their directory of members, searchable by area.