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To: Professor Mark Baker, Centre for Guidelines Director, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (N.I.C.E.)

Keep acupuncture in NHS for low back pain.

Keep acupuncture in NHS for low back pain.

Reverse decision to withdraw acupuncture for treatment of low back pain in NHS.

Why is this important?

N.I.C.E. have recommended acupuncture for low back pain since 2009 and are now reversing their decision.The British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) which represents six organisations covering all styles of acupuncture can attest to its effectiveness for this condition based on proven outcomes. The US military obviously agrees with BAF with regard to acupuncture's effectiveness in pain relief as its Warrior Transition Unit Clinics treat large numbers of soldiers injured in combat with Battlefield Acupuncture for pain relief.

The World Health Organisation states that low back pain is the leading cause of activity limitation and work absence throughout much of the world, so if you haven't suffered from it yet, the odds are that you will.

Do you want to be deprived of an effective treatment within the NHS and have to rely on anti-inflammatory drugs with their known side effects? -- If not please sign the petition and support patient choice.


Reasons for signing

  • I first received acupuncture from a physiotherapist many years ago as treatment for a back injury and it was very effective. I've since had it used with great effect to treat arthritis in my neck and shoulder. It is a proven and cost effective method of treatment for a variety of ailments and should be available to all on the NHS.
  • I have used this service and found it wonderful for my pain (I have DDD)
  • I had accupuncture a few years ago and it was very effective and I was gutted when it was no longer avaliable on the NHS

Updates

2016-10-24 15:12:43 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-10-06 21:34:32 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-06 20:06:50 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-06 13:41:59 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-06 09:15:51 +0100

10 signatures reached