Dr. Stephen Hopwood

MB ChB Lic Ac MB AcC

Acupuncturist and Holistic Practitioner

Welcome to my practice

Dr Stephen Hopwood completed his medical degree in Bristol in 1986 and has worked in the past as junior NHS hospital doctor and as a locum NHS General Practitioner. Dr. Hopwood no longer works as a conventional western medical doctor neither in private practice nor within the NHS. He does not offer prescription medication, intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection and is not currently registered with the GMC.

Dr Hopwood has a licence to practice Acupuncture and has been registered with the British Acupuncture council since 1989. He offers advice and recommendations for nutritional supplements which are exclusively non- prescription items only. He offers holistic health advice to support people’s optimal health and well-being.

Dr. Hopwood is a specialist in using Acupuncture for pain relief. He regularly sees people with back pain, sciatica, arthritis and other muscular-skeletal conditions. Acupuncture is also often frequently used to treat headaches, neuralgia, period pain and digestive discomfort. Depression and anxiety, stress and fatigue, insomnia and high blood pressure, premenstrual tension and menopausal symptoms, all frequently respond well to this approach. Asthma, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, gout, recurrent infection and fibro-myalgia are all also conditions that traditionally respond well. Please see  https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/category/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions.html

Working together, Acupuncture, dietary advice, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, exercise protocols and good lifestyle counselling are all an excellent integrated, tried and tested way to help symptoms resolve and attempt to address any potential underlying causes. This approach allows for the whole range of conditions to be effectively supported. Dr. Hopwood will outline a clear health care protocol with supporting information, detailing which nutritional supplements you may find beneficial along with any de-tox and dietary practices that may also be worthwhile.

Dr. Stephen Hopwood is a unique Holistic Practitioner with decades of experience combining the best of modern scientific knowledge and research with the wisdom and insights of both ancient and modern complementary medicine – providing exceptional individually tailored functional health.

In recent years, Dr. Hopwood has developed a specialist interest in working with patients who are suffering from cancer. Dr. Hopwood does not offer to treat cancer or treat people for cancer, but offers the opportunity to cultivate better health whilst living with cancer. Please see Prof. Robert Thomas at http://www.cancernet.co.uk/nutritional-tests.htm


Our bodies have an inherent ability to heal themselves, constantly regenerating, regulating and re- building our health. Holistic Medicine understands these principles and naturally supports our body in its capacity to rejuvenate, addressing both the symptoms and endeavouring to respond to the reality of the underlying causes of disease with the aim to re-establish homoeostasis.

Over 20 years of clinical experience of working in this way has shown Dr. Hopwood that holistic medicine has a real ability to build the foundations for vitality and genuine wellbeing. By physically fortifying the body’s own natural healing functions, a real opportunity is provided for symptoms to resolve and for sustainable optimal health to be achieved. The practice of Acupuncture and the holistic view of Traditional Chinese Medical theory has been practised for over 3,000 years and is a highly evolved system of diagnosis and treatment. Modern science is now confirming the existence of electrical/energy pathways in the body that relate to our internal organs, emotional states and physical health.

Acupuncture works by regulating these electrical pathways, balancing energy, clearing blockages and cultivating our body’s own natural healing reserves of Qi / Energy.

Holistic Integrated medicine for Optimal Health

Modern Holistic science now has a clear knowledge of the physiological needs of the body and what is required for optimal health. Through observing the health of different cultures, their diets and their mineral and vitamin intake and through research, it is now understood how to strengthen people’s health effectively.  Please see Dr Robert Verkerk at https://anhinternational.org/

Dr. Hopwood will explain these natural health cultivation principles and show you how to put simple solutions into practice in your daily life. Using for example an alkalising/de-tox programme and regular health monitoring, you will be supported in the building of a stronger foundation for your long term optimal health.

Your Appointments

Your consultation with Dr. Hopwood will last for about 40 minutes followed by 20 – 40 mins of Acupuncture. Dr. Hopwood values the traditional practitioner / client relationship and offers ample time to discuss the ways in which your general health and lifestyle relate to a specific problem.

Dr Hopwood will take a detailed Holistic / Chinese medical history, check your pulse and observe your tongue. He will want to know how you work, eat, sleep, exercise and relax. This information will support a clear traditional Chinese and holistic diagnosis which will enable him to offer a comprehensive programme of support.

Your acupuncture session will take place in a warm, comfortable, private treatment room and you will always remain clothed throughout. The treatment will use acupuncture points mainly on your lower arms and legs and abdomen and uses new very fine stainless steel needles which are disposed of after use. You will be relaxing with the Acupuncture for between 20 and 40 minutes, during which time most people report feeling relaxed, centred and revitalised. Dr Hopwood no

Dr Hopwood no longer works as a conventional western medical doctor and is currently not registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). In accordance with the law, GDPR and patient confidentiality, Dr Hopwood does not have up to date access to clients complete medical records and therefore that all suggestions, advice or recommendations that are given must be regarded as qualified advice or recommendation, that is inherently limited, based on incomplete information and not to be regarded as absolute or as definitive. It is the clients responsibility to inform their own NHS GP of any test results or nutritional supplements suggested and to seek their medical opinion on these complementary issues.