In the 2000 British Medical Association’s (BMA) Annual General meeting, over 80% of doctors voted for acupuncture to become part of the NHS and to be used alongside orthodox medicine in the future. Acupuncture is used by doctors, physiotherapist, mid wives and other health professionals. Sometimes lifestyle changes are needed in addition to acupuncture and sometimes we focus on the management of a chronic condition, where support is needed. Sometimes western medicine is more appropriate in which case I may transfer a patient to a doctor or specialist health care practitioner. The two medicines are complimentary, not alternative and I recognize that, working together, we can help you achieve good health.