Microsystems acupuncture is based on the belief that small well-defined areas of the body - such as the hand, foot, face, scalp and ear - correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Evidence shows that stimulating these areas, usually with needles, may help to deal with symptoms such as anxiety or general stresses.
What to expect
In a typical microsystems acupuncture session, the practitioner will ask questions about your previous medical history, general physical and emotional health, as well as medication, drug use, diet and lifestyle.
Treatment then generally involves the stimulation of defined points on a distinct area of the body, using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, electrical stimulation or pellets.
Benefits of microsystems acupuncture
Microsystems acupuncture is commonly used in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, prisons, drug rehabilitation units and complementary health clinics alongside medical treatments.
Microsystems acupuncture should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a microsystems acupuncturist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this technique.
In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:
Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:
- CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
- CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
- CNH24 Provide Miscrosystems Acupuncture to clients
Practical led and observed training. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.
By choosing a microsystems acupuncturist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as microsystems acupuncture is considered a form of complementary healthcare.