Welcome to Pakistan Acupuncture Council (PAC) – regulated by GCAD Pakistan (General Certification of Acupuncture Doctors, Pakistan).
Regulating the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Pakistan is our main objective; in turn, to allow safety of patients and practitioners.
All practitioners registered with PAC will be need to follow our eligibility requirements.
If you want to register as an acupuncturist practicing in Pakistan – please click here to be taken to the page for registering.
What is Acupuncture?
The practice of acupuncture in Pakistan incorporates medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. Acupuncture is one of the essential elements of Oriental medicine and the oldest, most commonly used medical procedure in the world. Originating in China more than 5,000 years ago, the practice of Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, manual therapies such as acupressure, moxibustion, exercises such as tai chi or qi gong, as well as Chinese herbal preparations and dietary therapy. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, by insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles to elicit a predictable physiological response. This stimulus may also be administered to the points using mild electrical stimulation (with or without needles), pressure techniques with the hands (acupressure) or the application of heat by various methods.
Acupuncturists assess a patient’s syndrome or pattern of disharmony by using a set of diagnostic skills that involve four areas; questioning, palpation, visual inspection, and olfactory-auditory data collection. An acupuncturist determines the necessary treatment principle and strategy to prompt the patient back to functional harmony by discriminating the exact pattern of the body’s physiological response to pathogenic factors. The acupuncturist’s skill at determining the appropriate points to treat is based upon his/her ability to accurately distinguish the presenting pattern, knowledge of correct points to address that pattern and knowledge of the proper type of stimulus for each point. The possession of this knowledge and skills is the key distinction between a professional certified acupuncturist and other health care providers who employ acupuncture only as a modality (stimulating points for their general effect without adjusting their choice of points to the specific patient’s need).
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture treatment hurt?
Acupuncture treatment varies from case by case, and should not hurt at all – the acupuncture needle size is many times thinner than the regular injection needle that people are often afraid from – the needles are so thin, that most patients do not notice any sensation, apart from the practitioners hand checking the acupuncture point location before needling.
How long does Acupuncture treatment last?
Acupuncture treatments vary from 30 minutes to 60 minutes – depending on the patient.
How do you find a Qualified Acupuncturist in Pakistan?
We are the only registrar that is currently listing the top acupuncture doctors in Pakistan. Our team is backed by teams in the United States, United Kingdom and Korea who are the top senior Acupuncture doctors of the world, and we have a strict vetting process on each doctor that is listed on our website.