What is Acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine - a healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.

*The World Health Organisation (WHO) writes in its Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 that ‘[acupuncture] is now used worldwide. According to a report supplied by 129 countries, 80% of them now recognise the use of acupuncture’

Inserting acupuncture needles in specific points on the body is believed to harmonise and improve the flow of qi (vital force, energy). This understanding can be used both locally, if the qi of a specific limb is affected, or systemically, if the symptoms are an expression of a deeper underlying disorder. Qi in balance allows all physiological functions to return to normal.

Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare.

What does treatment involve?

During the consultation, our acupuncturist will ask questions about your condition, your body functions, pain, and will take your medical history.

This first meeting is crucial for establishing a diagnosis and, therefore, deciding on the right treatment.

Improvement is generally felt after four to five sessions and often sooner when treating pain.

Acupuncture helps greatly both in chronic disease and acute conditions.

The patient may be asked to remove their socks and shirt, depending on treatment.

Acupuncture can offer effective relief to a wide range of problems including:

  • Neck, back and joint pain

  • Tension headaches 

  • Migraine

  • Irritable bladder symptoms

  • Pain around the menstrual cycle

  • Sports injuries

  • Fertility, supporting IVF treatment


Tom has been a fully qualified Acupuncturist since 1981, with busy practices in Oxfordshire  and Gloucestershire.


He studied at the renowned Leamington Spa College, went on to gain his Masters studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Reading.


Tom’s particular interests are looking at and treating the person as a whole, particularly the psychosocial aspects of pain. He enjoys glider flying, meditation and rugby.


Tom Jennings


Laurence graduated from the College of Chinese Medicine in Reading in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) awarded by Kingston University and since then has been in practice continuously.


She initially set up practice in Beaumont Street in Oxford, where she still works, and joined The Bampton Clinic in 2008. Laurence is registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), is fully insured and is bound by strict Codes of Ethics and Practice.


She is committed to Continuing Professional Development on a regular basis and has special interests in pain relief, gynaecology and fertility. Laurence is bilingual French/English and has a good knowledge of Spanish.


Laurence Lemoine