Can you get insurance cover for acupuncture treatment from a member (like Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott) of the British Acupuncture Council – the BAcC?
There is a list of the companies that provide cover but at May 2020 it’s being revised so I shall put a link to it when the revision is complete.
Please note that the list is updated periodically, so it does change and that means you’ll need to check with your insurance provider to be sure.
Gradually more companies are realising that providing insurance cover for acupuncture makes monetary sense for them.
Research is revealing the conditions where acupuncture either
- treats successfully or
- reduces the symptoms or pain, or
- where it lengthens the period before more drastic – ‘heroic!’ – treatment is needed.
In fact there is a huge and growing amount of information on the long-term benefits of ‘traditional’ acupuncture. ‘Traditional’ here means the kind that is based on the classics, which go back at least 2500 years.
This huge body of experience and knowledge takes years to learn. After that, it takes many hours of supervised clinical practice to practise effectively. Nowadays 3600 hours are required in the case of practitioners accepted into the British Acupuncture Council!
And then who knows how many years to learn the rudiments of wisdom!
Research into Acupuncture
How acceptable to science is this research?
Nowadays even acupuncturists accept the need to submit to modern methods of statistical research. You can read about some of the work being done here. There is also now plenty of scientific research on how acupuncture works.
The British Acupuncture Council publishes a series of research extracts on different conditions based on what most people accept as being good standards. The following is not a complete list.
Bear in mind also that the strength of ‘traditional’ acupuncture is that it accepts that you CAN help yourself with appropriate advice and action. The wisdom for this has accumulated over at least 2500 years! Just inserting a needle may not be enough.
British Acupuncture Council Fact-sheets
Arrhythmias and Heart Failure
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds and flu
Coronary heart disease
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Post-traumatic stress disorder
NB Because a condition is not listed doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable with acupuncture!
Acupuncture theory is so wide-ranging, that it is common for people to come for one problem and find that others start mending too. Partly this is because the acupuncture channels cover so many parts of the body and connect disparate problems.
Why? Because in treating the whole person, gradually all the bits come together. Traditional acupuncture aims to be holistic: it aims to help your body get itself better, eventually at many different levels.
Insurance Cover for Acupuncture
Just to remind you, please don’t assume that your company definitely provides insurance cover for acupuncture. There may be limits or additional requirements before they’ll pay. And, though this may seem obvious, you must already be a member of the insurance company’s scheme to be able to benefit from it.
Once again, when it’s been revised, we’ll put up a list of companies providing insurance cover (to a greater or lesser extent), for therapies provided by Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott.