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The full name of the Acupuncture Council is "Acupuncture-Acutherapist Council" and it's run by Maria Mercati - the renowned Oriental medicine expert and practitioner in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Standards are upheld by every practitioner carrying the Acupuncture-Acutherapist Council membership so you can be confident of professional treatment. Maria Mercati has personally trained most of the practitioners and vets the remainder.
Confusion between Acupuncture Councils
Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council and the British Acupuncture Council are two distinct organisations. Neither are more qualified, official or legal than the other. Both are recognised for teaching therapists and accrediting them. These accreditations enable the therapists to get insurance.
Picture: Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council and the British Acupuncture Council
Different styles of the Acupuncture Councils
Both organisations have different approaches to acupuncture. The Acupuncture-Acutherapist Council is based on the work of Maria Mercati whereas the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) is a larger group of people. Maria's approach is based on practical methods whereas the BAC teach a longer period of academic theory before getting around to actual needling.
Acupuncture councils mean insurance
Qualification simply means being able to get insurance. There is no requirement legally and no recognition necessary from the Government as to the standards needed to practice oriental therapies like acupuncture and massage.
Bodyharmonics teach therapists and treat patients from their school in Cheltenham. Maria runs the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council which accredits successful students and therapists qualifying from her courses. She personally checks every student and employs Dutch expert Danny Van Laethem to provide independent assessment. He is currently principal lecturer in the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University in Antwerp.
The British Acupuncture Council provide their own accreditation which is of equal value but not superior to that offered by the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council. When a therapist has insurance it is as a result of being accredited by recognised experts.
You can find more about acupuncture accreditation by viewing the Bodyharmonics website. You can also view the British Acupuncture Council's take on this here.