Acupuncture in Oxford

acupuncture for health and wellbeing

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago and is used worldwide today. Many people find this ancient art is a practical, safe and drug-free way to keep the body healthy in a complex modern world. Most people come to us with a specific condition in mind and treatment will focus on healing, improving or managing that condition, depending upon what is possible for you as an individual. However, in the course of treatment, many people find that their overall health and sense of vitality is improved, and it is common to see improvement in unexpected areas. This is because, if good health is defined as the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges, acupuncture treatment is a way of helping the body back into balance and encouraging it to stay there. It does this by regulating the flow of body’s energy. This energy is called ‘qi’ in Chinese medicine and it drives all biological systems and emotional reactions. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture encourages the qi to re-balance itself and allows illness to heal.

Before your first session it is useful to bear in mind that many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas. It is also best to ensure that you do not have a completely empty stomach.



Mark Bovey has practiced acupuncture in Oxford and Abingdon since qualifying in 1983. He teaches acupuncture and research at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.  Since 2011 he has also been the   Research Manager for the British Acupuncture Council. 








Sam Manning has been helping people in Oxford to improve their health for over fifteen years. Sam treats many people presenting with a wide range of conditions; musculo-skeletal, mental-emotional, auto-immune, digestive, menstrual, fertility and more. She is a long-standing member of the Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth Team and for several years I ran a drop-in centre for the homeless and recently housed, where the core of my practice was working with people with mental health issues, and those moving on from addictions. Five years ago I completed a diploma in Paediatric acupuncture and expanded my experience to include treating children.






Ben came to Acupuncture following a number of successful years within Massage Therapy, which he also still performs. He studied at the College of Chinese Integrated Medicine, earning a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture. He regularly integrates his experience of Massage with Acupuncture, using Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue Massage as well needling, Cupping and Guasha. He strongly believes using a combined approach of different therapeutic modalities is the key to helping people successfully. Ben is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists as well the British Acupuncture Council .