Can I donate blood if I’ve had acupuncture?


At present you must wait 4 months before donating blood if you have had acupuncture.

British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) registered practitioners confirm to very high standards of clinical practice as a condition of membership and we are working as a professional body to encourage the National Blood Service to change this condition of donation.

The BAcC was recently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent body accountable to government. It sets high standards for voluntary registers such as BAcC and it is hoped that this recent recognition will help in ongoing negotiations to allow patients of BAcC registered practitioners to donate blood without a waiting period. At present however you would be prohibited from donating until a 4 month period has lapsed since your last treatment.

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