Acupuncture is one of the safest medical therapies available today. In 2001, two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000 — far less than many conventional treatments. More recent surveys concluded with almost identical results.

No major side-effects

One of the principle benefits of acupuncture is that unlike many drugs, acupuncture is non-toxic and the side-effects minimal if performed by a well-trained practitioner. The World Health Organisation suggests that even in cases where acupuncture can be effective but is not as potent as conventional medicine, it can still make sense to choose acupuncture in order to avoid the serious side-effects associated with some conventional drugs.

Choosing a practitioner

It is important to choose a practitioner who is well-trained and fully qualified. Always choose an acupuncturist who is registered with a professional body such as the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA), the Acupuncture Council of Ireland or the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Cyrille Bonnard is registered with the AFPA and BAcC. The requirements needed for membership with these two organisations will assure you of the following:

  • Completion of first-degree-level training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) which includes substantial elements of western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • A record must be taken of all relevant details of your health condition and medical history before you receive treatment. If deemed necessary, you will be referred to your GP for further investigation or medical treatment
  • Only single-use, pre-sterilised needles will be used and must be safely disposed of after treatment
  • All treatments must be carried out in accordance with the standards of safety and professional conduct enforced by the AFPA and BAcC
  • The treatment room and equipment must conform to standards laid out by the AFPA and BAcC codes of practice
  • Fully covered with medical malpractice and public/product liability insurance.