Traditional acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that addresses the balance and flow of energy through a patient's body. It is based around the philosophy that in good health there is a continuous smooth flow of energy (Qui or Chi) through channels within the body. Illnesses, injuries or even stress can can disturb this flow.

Using fine needles inserted into specific points, the acupuncturist aims to balance the flow Qi. As well as helping ease symptoms, patients often report an improved feeling of well-being after treatment.

Who benefits and how

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment which addresses the root causes of illness or injury and so can be used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions; physical and psychological, acute and chronic. Most patients have already seen their GP and acupuncture often works well in tandem with other traditional or alternative treatments. Our practitioners will always be happy to advise you on whether and how acupuncture can help you. 
Acupuncture has minimal side effects when carried out by properly qualified practitioners. The acupuncturists at The Natural Therapy Clinic are members of the British Acupuncturist Council and are bound by their Code of Safe Practice.


We have acupuncture appointments available normally on Wednesday mornings and all day Friday. Click here for details.

To make an appointment, please call one of the numbers below, or click on our Contact Us page to leave a message and someone will come straight back to you.

Abingdon practice  01235 531021                                   Newbury   01635 30252 


Our Therapists


Michael Baker 

Michael's interest in the Chinese arts began with the study of Leong-Fu style Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Ch'uan in which he gained a 2nd Dan. He furthered these studies with tours of mainland China in 1978 and 1980 where he met traditional hebalists and acupuncturists who inspired him in the Chinese holistic approach to medicine. He subsequently studied at The College of Traditional Acupuncture, qualifying with a Lic Ac in 1985 and a BAc in 1989.

Michael spent a number of years teaching at CTA and as well as continuing to practice he is currently writing a book on the chronological history of the causes of disease from the perspective of Chinese medicine.


Mark Bovey

 Mark has practiced acupuncture at clinics in Oxford and Abingdon since qualifying in 1983. He teaches acupuncture at The College of Integrated Medicine in Reading. From 1998 to 2011 he ran a university-based research information service for The British Acupuncture Council. He now works part-time at the Council as their Research Manager.