“What GPs… need, is better access for their patients to alternative, non-pharmacological treatments, which can be patchy across the country.”
Acupuncture is now officially recommended in the UK by NICE for the treatment of chronic pain, migraines and headaches. Acupuncture also regularly outperforms usual care/conventional treatment for a range of other conditions in both effectiveness and safety. GPs should therefore consider referring more patients for acupuncture to help reduce overprescribing and take the pressure off the NHS. GPs can refer to practitioners accredited the professional organisations in their country, such as Zhong or NVA in The Netherlands.