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Finding a complementary practitioner

To find a registered practitioner there are several professional bodies you can consult which may help you to locate one in your particular area. It is always a good idea to ask them first if they have any experience of treating people with hepatitis C, and to make sure that they understand the disease. It is very important that you feel comfortable with, and confident in, the person who is treating you.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

63 Jeddo Road
London W12 9HQ
Tel: 0208 735 0400

The UKs main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture. They have a search facility to find a practitioner in your area on their website.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)

BMAS House
3 Winnington Court
Cheshire CW8 1AQ
01606 786782

Medical practitioners who also use acupuncture. Set up in 1980 they now have a nationwide group of over 2700 registered doctors and related health professionals practising acupuncture alongside more conventional techniques. Their website has a search facility so that you can find a practitioner in your area.

Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

60 Great Ormond St
London WC1N 3H
Tel: 020 7713 9437

The RLHIM is the largest public-sector provider of integrated medicine in Europe. Formerly known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, the RLHIM offers an innovative, patient-centred service integrating the best of conventional and complementary treatments for a wide range of conditions. All clinics are led by consultants, doctors and other registered healthcare professionals who have received additional training in complementary medicine. All therapies are provided by registered health professionals who have additional training in complementary medicine.

The RLHIM is part of University College London Hospitals NHS foundation trust and accepts all NHS referrals.

GP referrals are by letter or via the electronic ‘Choose and Book’ system.

Patients can also be referred by their NHS hospital consultant.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

5 Grosvenor House
London HA8 &&A
Tel: 020 8951 3030

They hold a list of professionals who practice TCM (acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine) all over UK. Practitioners are mainly from the Far East and practice to a high standard.

The Yuan Centre

Atlasta Hall, Colwood Gardens, Colliers Wood, SW19 2DT Tel: 020 8542 9470

Specialises in the treatment of hepatitis C, HIV and cancer.
Initial Consultation: £65.00 ( £45.00 concessions): Follow-up Appointments: £40.00 ( £30.00 concessions): Ear Acupuncture: £3.00 Herbs extra with cost depending on herbs prescribed.
The concessionary fee applies to persons receiving state benefits, pension or full time students..

Blenheim Project

321 Portobello Road,
London W10 5SY
Tel: 0208 960 5599

Hepatitis C clinic on Mondays from 10am till 3pm. For current or ex-drug users with hepatitis C they offer acupuncture, Chinese herbs and free vitamins and supplements. You need to make an appointment to become a client of the Blenheim Project with proof of your hepatitis C status and you must be a resident of Kensington, Chelsea or Westminster.

They run a drop in service every day from 1pm till 4pm and offer a range of complimentary therapies daily, including ear acupuncture.

Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICMN)

32-36 Loman Street
London SE1 0EH
Tel: 020 7922 7980

A charity which provides the public with information on all aspects of complementary medicine, through its practitioners, courses and research. It administers the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) which is a register of professional Practitioners and Therapists who have provided evidence of their individual competence to practice. They have a search facility to find a practitioner in your area on their website.