Acupuncture In York

If you are looking for acupuncture in York and Yorkshire, we have a team of renowned and experienced experts in acupuncture at the York Clinic.

People come to the clinic for acupuncture for help with a wide range of symptoms or to relieve specific symptoms, such as arthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Acupuncture is also used to enhance feelings of well-being by increasing energy, vitality, and zest for life.

It is a safe, gentle and relaxing form of treatment which can benefit people of all ages. Acupuncturists look at disease in a unique way. By taking into account the whole of your life, from your physical and emotional state through to your lifestyle, an acupuncturist can draw on a more complete picture of your condition. As a result, it is possible to treat the deeper pattern of disharmony underlying the specific symptoms. Acupuncture can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.


Video on acupuncture for back pain with Hugh MacPherson

There is now a core of evidence-based research showing that acupuncture is effective and cost-effective for specific conditions, and is safe in competent hands. Doctors increasingly appreciate it, with 83% of GPs thinking that acupuncture can be clinically useful, and 72% seeing that it can be cost effective.(1) There is also growing evidence about acupuncture for the following musculoskeletal conditions, including arm pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow pain, fibromyalgia, low back pain, myofascial pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis of hip, osteoarthritis of knee, shoulder pain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. There are recent systematic reviews conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration that in 2009 summarised the evidence on acupuncture in the treatment of headache and migraine. Recent interest in acupuncture for infertility has been supported by research from the University of Maryland that was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008. – See more at:

See video below for more on research into acupuncture for osteoarthritis.

Our acupuncturists at the York Clinic have been involved in acupuncture research for 15 years. For example, in association with the University of Sheffield we helped conduct a trial of acupuncture for low back pain, which was published in the British Medical Journal in 2006.(2) The results of this trial were central to the decision by the National Centre for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to recommend acupuncture for low back pain. As a clinic we have more recently worked closely with the University of York on a number of studies, including trials of acupuncture for chronic neck pain(3), irritable bowel syndrome (4), depression(5), heavy periods and osteoarthritis of the knee(6). Details of these studies and the results can be found on the website of Hugh MacPherson (

See video below for more on research on acupuncture and counselling for depression.

Our acupuncturists at the York Clinic are: Ben Elliot, Rachel HembladeAli Longridge and Amanda Preston

Call us on 01904 709688 to make an appointment with one of our acupuncture practitioners here at York Clinic or use our contact form and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

(1) Lipman L, Dale J, MacPherson H. (2003) Attitudes of GPs towards the provision of acupuncture on the NHS. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 11(2): 110-4.
(2) Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Brazier J, Fitter M, Campbell MJ, et al. Randomised controlled trial of a short course of traditional acupuncture compared with usual care for persistent non-specific low back pain. British Medical Journal 2006 Sep 23;333(7569):623-6.
(3) Salter G, Roman M, MacPherson H. Acupuncture for chronic neck pain: a pilot for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006 Dec 9;7(1):99. [Full text]
(4) MacPherson H, Tilbrook H, Bland JM, Bloor K, Brabyn S, Cox H, Kang’ombe AR, Man M, Stuardi T, Torgerson D, Watt I and Whorwell P. Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: primary care based pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:150. [Abstract and free full text].
(5) MacPherson H, Richmond S, Bland, Brealey S, Gabe R, et al. Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A randomised Controlled Trial. PLoS Medicine, 2013; 10(9): e1001518.[Free full text]
(6) Lansdown H, Howard K, Stephen Brealey S, Hugh MacPherson H. Acupuncture for pain and osteoarthritis of the knee: a pilot study for an open parallel-arm randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Oct 24;10:130.

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