Dr. Stephen Hopwood

MB ChB Lic Ac MB AcC

Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, Phlebotomist and Holistic Practitioner


Welcome to my practice

Dr Stephen Hopwood completed his medical degree in Bristol in 1986 and has worked 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 injections 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. Non POM’s. 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 clients who present with back pain, sciatica, arthritis and other muscular-skeletal conditions. Acupuncture is also often frequently used to support clients who present with symptoms of headaches, neuralgia, period pain and digestive discomfort. Depression and anxiety, stress and fatigue, insomnia and high blood pressure, premenstrual tension and menopausal symptoms are all patterns of symptoms that are frequently responded to with the holistic approach. Asthma, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, gout, recurrent infection and fibro-myalgia are all also conditions that traditionally are seen commonly in the practice. 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 integrated into a tried and tested way to help support symptoms resolve and attempt to address any potential underlying causes of being unwell. 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 an exceptional individually tailored functional healthcare service.

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 30 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 holistic 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 treatment for between 20 and 40 minutes, during which time most people report feeling relaxed, centred and revitalised.

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.


As an holistic practitioner and an Acupuncturist I use the principles of Traditional Chinese medical theory to work in a traditionally holistic way. I do not make any conventional diagnosis of any Western medical allopathic diseases or disorders. I only categorise signs and symptoms and make physical assessment of people by working within the principles and practises of a holistic and nutritional perspective and approach. I do not seek to arrive at, make or offer any diagnosis of any western medical disease disorder or injury. Clients sign a consent form stating that they understand that I do not offer diagnosis, screening, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease or disorder and that all advice is qualified advice that is limited and not absolute. All clients are informed that I do not practise western medicine and that they must take any information obtained or suggestion made of supplementation to their GP for any medical diagnosis and medical opinion from their NHS registered medical practitioner. Any suggestion made to clients in terms of either exercising the physical body or supporting the body through taking a natural nutritional substance is based on some degree of physical observation and logical analysis of information obtained from the client which validates the action in holistic terms. This is not the same as making a clinical diagnosis of a disease or condition but rather a process of elucidating and discriminating via holistic principles how best to support health and wellness.


Neither myself nor the other holistic practitioners in the clinic offer treatment for any conventionally diagnosed disease. I make an assessment based on an array of holistic criteria and offer specific support for clients’ general health, physical body and mental and emotional well-being. For example we do not offer to treat people with cancer for their cancer. We offer to support people with cancer by endeavouring to optimise their health, immunity and wellness through using natural nutritional supplements and physical therapies. We do not treat people for cancer. We treat people not cancer. Holistic, complementary and alternative treatments are not aimed at treating specific conventional ailments diseases or conditions but rather treat the body mind emotions and spirit of a person as an integrated whole and single entity which is a different approach and is not to be understood as a treatment for conventionally labelled diseases or disorders


I am a certified and insured Phlebotomist and draw blood from clients to access their holistic health profile where necessary. Screening as a regulated activity is to “test a person or substance for the presence or absence of disease.” I do not test a person or their substance for the purpose of making medical diagnosis and do not do so in order to discriminate between the absence or presence of disease. I gather physical information about my client and their physical state in order to support understanding of how best to support clients general health, physical functioning and well-being through applying holistic principles and practises.


The NHS view on “Preventative Medicine” is that Health systems should lead by example to improve wellness in the home and workplace. Specifically mentioned is Diet, Weight control, Exercises and Smoking. Here at the Clinic practitioners including myself work in conjunction with local GP surgeries work within these guidelines and regularly support clients in understanding nutrition, optimising health through exercise, losing weight and to give up smoking. This is in line with the aims of the NHS within the local community. Practitioners at the clinic do not offer specific preventative measures or procedures in relationship to preventing (or treating) any western medically diagnoses disease or disorder. Practitioners support clients in “Stress Reduction” and endeavour to work towards health optimisation through using vitamins, minerals and nutritional substances as well as physical therapies.

To conclude, neither I nor practitioners at the clinic employ any specific measures, protocols or programmes that offer to diagnose, screen, treat, cure or prevent any medical disease disorder or injury. All work using solely natural, non-prescription medications – nutritional substances and physical therapies – to support general health, physical function and well-being.

I am not practising as a qualified, registered, licenced and insured western allopathic medical practitioner or doctor. I am practising as a qualified, registered, licenced and insured holistic practitioner who does not offer to diagnose, screen, treat, cure or prevent any allopathic medical disease or condition.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in comprehending the discrimination between the holistic and allopathic approach to working with people and their health.