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I am a practitioner, educator and authority on acupuncture and the Chinese medical tradition with over three decades of experience. My career has spanned multiple disciplines including medical sciences and the theory, philosophy and practice of clinical oriental medicine.
Whilst conducting brain research at Bristol University in 1976 I stumbled across work on the neurophysiology of acupuncture. Having had a prior interest in Daoist thought I was inspired to take a degree in traditional acupuncture which then led to an interest in Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). From 1984 I pioneered the teaching and practice of CHM in the UK including a role as the founding director of the UK’s first college-based CHM training. Since gaining an MSc in acupuncture in 2000, I have supervised post-graduate students and worked an External Examiner for various University CHM MSc degrees.
As a practitioner, educator and author with one foot in science and one in the classical tradition I have explored many subjects and have honed my communication skills. In 2014 I published a textbook on the historical development of Chinese medicine and in 2015 I completed a term as Chairman of the British Acupuncture Council. I now work with various organisations using my skills and experience to raise awareness of the contribution this medicine can make to healthcare today.