The BAcC Annual Conference


Click on the speaker names below to read their biographies and talk synopsis’

Open discussion sessions

New to this year’s programme, and taking place on roundtables, join one or all of our open discussion sessions where you will get a chance to discuss a variety of topics with our speakers and your fellow practitioners. 


Rebecca is one of the world’s leading authorities on paediatric acupuncture.  She teaches paediatrics both at undergraduate and post-graduate level, in the UK, online and internationally.  Her clinical work is solely with children, both in her private paediatric practice and a low-cost community clinic for children.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which is now used in colleges all over the world.   She has also written a book for parents and practitioners called Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression.  Rebecca is known for her clear and warm teaching, which is based upon her experience of working with hundreds of children and their families.


Non-needle techniques for children and other sensitive patients
The many stresses of the current times mean that a huge number of our patients present with some degree of anxiety.  As practitioners, we are aware of the enormous power of our medicine to help.   Most of us, however, have found ourselves wondering how to deliver treatment to children or other sensitive patients who will not tolerate needles.  This session will offer solutions to this clinical conundrum! 

Sensitive patients respond to low dose interventions.  We will look at a combination of paediatric tui na, shonishin and other Chinese medicine-based techniques that you can start implementing in your clinic straight away.  You will not need to buy any expensive equipment!  You will have a chance to practice these techniques during the session.  You will leave with the knowledge that you have something of value to offer every anxious patient that walks through your door.

Hannah graduated the University of Westminster in 2004 and has been a practicing members of the BAcC since in private practice. She has worked in a busy NHS clinic for several years as well as within both homeless and residential drug addiction. She became safe practice officer in 2019.

Pneumothorax: a safe practice case study and discussion
Causing a pneumothorax is an acupuncturist’s worst nightmare. This workshop will tell the story of a recent acupuncture induced pneumothorax, explore what went wrong, the lessons learned, and debate how best to respond when we do serious harm. 

What would you do if you were to harm a patient? What are your duties? How best can you look after your patient, and yourself? What are your liabilities, and how does professional indemnity insurance work? How can we maximise learning from our mistakes, and disseminate that learning amongst our peers?

In this session we’ll explore these issues and more with Felicity Moir and Hannah Bowie-Carlin, from the BAcC.

A prominent educator for 4 decades, Charlie is known for his knack for lucid, inspiring and insightful communication of the core ideas of Chinese medicine.  

What does harmonisation mean and why did the classics call this acupuncture’s genius principle?
In this session Charlie outlines his journey to understanding what the classics meant when they referred to harmonisation (调和 tiao he). What goes wrong when yin and yang fail to intersect, how does this show and how do we restore harmony? Along the way we meet some other interesting characters, gain new insights and discover how we bring the genius principle to our work by finding simplicity in complexity.

LIFEA-trained Five Element acupuncturist Claire Dabreo was inspired to create The Harmony Principle after participating in Tiffany Carole’s Master Healer programme in 2019. Introduced to the concepts of AromaPoint Therapy, Claire completed her AromaPoint Mastery training before co-creating the original Harmony Principle programme with aromatherapist and yoga teacher Amelia Adrian. Claire is a clinical supervisor with The Acupuncture Academy, a proud member of ACT London, Scottish-with-an-English accent and passionate about the benefits of time spent in nature.

An AromaPoint Therapy Self-Care Session with The Harmony Principle
If you are curious about using essential oils on acupoints then you are invited to join The Harmony Principle’s founder Claire Dabreo as she leads you through a short but very sweet AromaPoint Therapy session.  This seasonally-focussed therapeutic treatment has been created to support the Earth Element in Late Summer and is offered as in a well-timed morning slot, the ideal way to help your body and mind digest the day (and night?!) before and prepare for the day ahead.  

Find out more about The Harmony Principle in our sponsor listing.

Beverley is a Researcher in Integrative Medicine in the Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT) at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, where for over 20 years she has focussed on investigating using acupuncture in the supportive care of people living with and beyond cancer.  She lectures internationally and has numerous publications, including a forthcoming book Acupuncture and Cancer Survivorship: Recovery, renewal and transformation – a guide for practitioners.



Meeting point – the end of cancer treatment and the “new normal”
The end of active cancer treatment is a milestone event. The point of transition from the activity of treatment to the life beyond, it can be a challenging time for people living with cancer. In this presentation, Dr Beverley de Valois discusses some of the challenges at this time of transition and through the first year after cancer treatment ends. It also discusses how acupuncturists can support cancer survivors to move into the reality of the “new normal”.

Peter has worked in the field of health promotion for over fifty years, first as a natural/organic foods pioneer (Infinity Foods), then as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, international teacher, founder and editor/publisher of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, co-author of A Manual of Acupuncture and author of Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese nourishment of Life Tradition. He has practised and taught qigong for many years.

Qi gong sessions
These morning qi gong sessions will focus on strengthening and harmonising the Liver and Gall Bladder – focusing on developing assertiveness and courage interaction with the world. 

The role of the practitioner in lifestyle education
Modern lifestyle habits are contributing to an epidemic of chronic disease worldwide, not least in the UK. Chinese medicine can offer great help to those suffering from illness and pain. However, I believe its greatest treasure is its 2500-year teachings on how to live in a way that will maximise health, wellbeing and even lifespan. This presentation will look at the key elements of yangsheng (nourishment of life) focusing on those that can make a significant change to our patients (and of course to ourselves). There will be time for discussing and sharing strategies to maximise patient compliance.

Claire received her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2007.  Her studies included a six month placement in China working in the Xiyuan and Zhongri Hospitals in Beijing, where she witnessed first-hand the dynamic energy and efficiency of multibed clinics.  When she started to work in a multibed setting herself her passion for accessible acupuncture grew and now as coordinator of ACMAC (Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics) she hopes to see the UK network of community clinics expand so people in every town have access to affordable treatment.

The Multibed Model:  The key to bringing acupuncture to the many, not the few
Exploring how much potential the multibed model offers for patients and practitioners alike.  The economic advantages of the efficiency of the model makes it perfect for ongoing healthcare integration not to mention the potential for gathering high volumes of outcomes data which supports the acupuncture profession as a whole.  The multibed truly offers the key to making acupuncture for the many, not the few.

Fanyi graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1983 and became a senior academic 10 years later. He has 40 years clinical experience and 30 years in teaching/researching, currently the programme leader of BSc (Hons) Acupuncture at Lincoln College.

Fanyi’s practice is classic style of whole system TCM, and his research is focused on male infertility, insomnia and cancer support. More than 40 papers, 8 book chapters and 4 books were published.  



The reconsideration of TCM management of Insomnia—return to classic and the extra vessels
In the last 40 years, the introduction of standard textbooks in China has hugely influenced the treatment of most clinical conditions in a modernized way, including insomnia, which borrowed the western medical strategy in treatment principle. The textbooks put the centre of poor sleep at the heart Shen problem-hyperactive mind, or factors affecting the shen-stimulating mind. So, tranquilizing the Shen—suppressing mind naturally became the principle to treat insomnia. This is a non-TCM way, and the clinical effect could not be better than the WM drugs in most cases.

The TCM classics understood of the sleeping function do not limit the sleeping function to the heart Shen. The yang/yin circadian movement was the root of sleeping, the Hun and Po are the helpers of sleep, and the daytime yang dominating and night time yin dominating to achieve a whole day balancing was forgotten in modern textbook. The day and night yang/yin shifting is also helped by  the extra channel for the yang/yin communication, yang Qiao and yin Qiao are particularly related to sleep regulation.

The practical selection of acupuncture points and needling skills according to the classics are introduced based on the understanding.

Roisin Golding is a veteran acupuncturist of 36 years.  She wrote the foremost book on Stems and Branches theory and practice, ‘The Complete Stems and Branches: Time and Space in Classical Acupuncture’. (   NB originally published 2008, Elsevier), as well as articles for The Acupuncturist, EJOM, and a fortnightly syndicated article on alternative medicine for the LA Times (distributed to over forty countries.)

In 2017 and 2019 she was selected to peer review both the International Classification of Disease, (ICD 11) Traditional Medicine chapter, as well as ‘Standard TCM terminology’ in support of WHO technical documents, as an independent expert.  


Be here now: the grand meeting place
The mind, as we know, can travel far distances at the speed of light, and it usually does, taking us away from this moment in our lives.  However, our faithful bodies can only ever be in this space in this moment.  It’s a comforting thought and one that deserves our respect, especially when we are treating. 

This talk will look at many practical ways to align our treatment with this moment, with the Tao of Now, in this space.  We will explore the meetings that take place, between the five elements, the six divisions of Time and Space, of Qi and Blood, and between yin and yang, as all these interact on man standing between Heaven and Earth. We will look at point selection, meridians and needle techniques, which align with the hour and the seasons and the waxing and waning moon.

Alex Jacobs


Alex is an acupuncturist, herbalist and tui na practitioner currently practising in West Hampstead. He has a passion for Chinese medicine self-help and teaches Yang Sheng techniques, dietary therapy, Tai Chi and Qi Gong regularly to the public. He became interested in Chinese medicine while studying Mandarin in Taiwan and regularly returns there to continue his studies. He organised the RCHM conference for 8 years and is currently RCHM president. 



Flavour, Nature and Culinary Herbs in Everyday Yang Sheng
In a profession where we can often feel divided by the different combination of therapies that we provide, Yang Sheng or ‘Chinese Medicine Self-Help’ is refreshingly unifying, in that the same principles and theories are applied regularly across different treatment methods. Seasonal Yang Sheng has its roots in Chapter 2 of the Huang Di Nei Jing and these principles are applied to acupuncture, dietary therapy and herbal medicine throughout the text. Understanding the logic of flavour (wei) and nature (qi) from the Nei Jing sheds light on both herbal medicine and dietary therapy but also enables one to understand the essence of what we are doing in the more energy focused skills of practice including acupuncture and qi gong at the same time. In line with the theme of the conference ‘Meeting Points’, in this talk you will learn practical dietary therapy techniques which stretch into the field of herbal medicine through the use of culinary herbs. You will see how these principles are rooted in the Huang Di Nei Jing and how the direct experience of them through taste and effect can deepen your understanding of acupuncture and energy work.

Dr Jun She graduated from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and got his PhD degree in 2007. He came to the UK in 2008 to promote Chinese Medicine and Chinese Culture with multiple roles, such as Acupuncture and Tuina (Chinese Massage) lecturer, Acupuncturist in London South Bank University.

He is a lecturer of TCM in LACA (London Academy of Chinese Acupuncture), and a Tai Ji instructor and teaches traditional Chinese exercises.


The Six Meridian Method and Acupuncture
The Six Meridian Method (pattern differentiation according to six meridians) was developed early in the Eastern Han Dynasty by Zhang Zhongjing almost 2,000 years ago in ancient China. Cold Damage, written by Zhang Zhongjing, is the first monograph to apply the Six Meridian Method to differentiate many types of symptoms and diseases. Zhang Zhongjing is respected as the Medical Sage, and this book has served as the ‘bible’ in Chinese medicine; the most important guide for identifying all kinds of diseases.

Key points in the session:

  • The relationships among the Yin and Yang theory, Three Treasures theory, Five Elements theory and the Six Meridian Method.
  • The relationship between 12 regular meridians and the Six Meridian Method.
  • How to use the Six Meridian Method to identify conditions of health.

An internationally renowned figure in the field of Integrative and Chinese Medicine with over 30 years of clinical, academic, and research experience in the United States, Europe, and Israel. President of the ETCMA-European TCM Association. President of ICCM- International Community of CM. Director of Marpe integrative medical centre. Dean of TCM Academy of interpretive medicine (TCM.AC). founder and former director of integrative oncology research centre at Sheba medical centre in Israel.


Keynote title: One Voice Big Evidence: 3 continent research project using ICD 11 TM
Synopsis: Introducing the potential and usage of ICD coding

Heavenly point (windows of heaven and their clinical application) meeting of heaven and earth
Heaven (Tian 天) points are mentioned in Ling Shu, Chapter 21 (5 points). Relating to the five regions of Heaven and Chapter 2 the (10 points) which are now called the “windows of heaven”. These points are connected to the Divergent Channels which have a role in harmonizing interior/exterior and in balancing emotional load and conflicts.

A deeper understanding of these points gives us an insight into the inner alchemy and opens another level for clinical application of acupuncture. Applying treatments to the mental suffering, as well as, enhancing health and personal growth. There is a close link between these points and the orifices of the head and face therefore by using them we can affect the perception and ability to see clearly, help in inner clarity and inner connection to the Shen. Some examples of their indications:

  1. Rebellious qi Rebellious: shortness of breath (Lu-3), goiter (St-9)
  2. Acute disorders related to orifices: for sudden deafness (Sj-16)
  3. balance between the head and the body: headaches, dizziness, blood pressure.
  4. The Shen and heaven: Connect a person to the celestial realm for guidance (Heavenly realm).

This lecture will give an in depth understanding of heavenly points and their clinical usage.

Born in Beirut. Was actively involved  for 2 years in the civil war. Having seen the effects of war and trauma on peoples lives started revisiting Lebanon between 1985-87 after being in England and getting  masters in acupuncture treating civilians military and prisoners of war.

Confident in the experience and knowledge that acupuncture works well with trauma founded stand easy military charity 2015.  Up to present day have seen 350 veterans undergone research project with NHS norfolk where we had 100% success with PTSD. Now works with military,anti terrorist police, doctors psychiatrists and therapists.


Meeting oneself through excellence
Finding oneself through excellence is a talk about the qualities that the military had helped me to find in myself towards being the best I can be as a practitioner and the meaning of excellence in the kind of acupuncture that I offer.


Felicity Moir

Felicity have been a practitioner of acupuncture for 40 years and was the course leader for a BSc (Hons) CM: Acupuncture at the University of Westminster for 20 years. Her interest in education was behind her Doctorate in Education, which involved research into how we assess students’ clinical practice. Felicity has worked closely with the BAcC and the BAAB in producing the Standards of Education and Training for Acupuncture and is currently chair of the BAcC Education Committee.


Pneumothorax: a safe practice case study and discussion
Causing a pneumothorax is an acupuncturist’s worst nightmare. This workshop will tell the story of a recent acupuncture induced pneumothorax, explore what went wrong, the lessons learned, and debate how best to respond when we do serious harm. 

What would you do if you were to harm a patient? What are your duties? How best can you look after your patient, and yourself? What are your liabilities, and how does professional indemnity insurance work? How can we maximise learning from our mistakes, and disseminate that learning amongst our peers?

In this session we’ll explore these issues and more with Felicity Moir and Hannah Bowie-Carlin, from the BAcC.

Vivien is an acupuncturist and anatomist who recently returned to acupuncture practice after working as a University Lecturer in Human Anatomy. She brings the two strands of acupuncture and anatomy together in her research into the origins of acupuncture. Her work focusses on understanding the anatomical basis underpinning the early Chinese medical and acupuncture texts. She has published several papers in the field, and in 2020 was awarded her PhD titled ‘The Anatomy of Acupuncture’.


What are meridians? Evidence from the earliest Chinese medical texts
The earliest mention of pathways through the body was found in some ancient Chinese medical texts sealed in a tomb in 168BCE at the Mawangdui site in Hunan Province. The Mawangdui texts describe 11 (not 12) pathways, and contain no reference to acupuncture. Those same pathway descriptions reappear later in a much more developed form in the Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine (Huangdi Neijing). The Canon is a compendium of texts that sets out the theory and practice of Five Element acupuncture, and has been handed down, studied, and extensively commentated on over the intervening two millennia. The acupuncture meridians that we use today are identical to those early descriptions in the Canon, which also discusses for the first time acupoints, needles, and needling technique. This talk explains the anatomical basis for the meridians, identifying them as an early atlas of the body arrived at through extensive anatomical investigation. It decodes the archaic language of the texts to look at the structures that make up the meridian pathways, and explains how some acupoint names are used to categorise specific anatomical structures. 

Science can be defined as using observation and experimentation to understand the world around us. The subject matter that a society chooses to explore is not just a reflection of their attempt to understand the world, it also acts as a mirror reflecting the culture and values of those people at that time. Medical science and anatomy are no different, so the last part of the talk will look at what the ancient Chinese anatomical studies tell us about what was considered important for medicine in Han era China. This will lead to a discussion of how the observational studies of the early anatomists underpinned the experimental work of the first acupuncturists, and what these Han era scientific endeavours might mean for us today.


My name is Robin David Sunley. I’m an NCA Graduate acupuncturist. For 7 years I’ve been employed by the NHS at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. I’m part of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Team and Cancer Services. I provide treatments to patients on the wards as part of the surgical pathway. I also provide treatments to cancer patients in the Trinity Holistic Centre at the hospital. I’m proud to be part of these amazing teams!


Working as an Acupuncturist in the NHS

Robin Sunley is an Acupuncturist within a Thoracic Surgery team providing pre and post treatments to patients undergoing surgery. 

He also works for Cancer Services providing clinical support and treatments for cancer patients. This is a unique roll within the NHS as one of a team of 4 acupuncturists at the Hospital. 

Robin will present the progression of his 7 years employment at the hospital, including how the role has evolved and expanded over time. He provides insights into the possibilities that exist for acupuncture within the NHS. 


Petra Tjeertes

Dr Petra Tjeertes, LAc. and phytotherapist, specialises in skin problems, pain relief treatments, psychological problems and cosmetic acupuncture. Currently studying at Nanjing University for her PhD degree specialising in dermatology in TCM. 

Through her passion and motivation to understand the action potentials of Chinese herbal formulas she gained fast knowledge in the TCM field. Her enthusiasm for phytotherapy means she is invited on a regular basis to lecture and assist in congresses. She is also the secretary of the Dong Xi Oost West foundation and has helped to create a virtual platform where knowledge is exchanged and shared with doctors and practitioners in the TCM field. 

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Therapy – an ideal match for more complicated patterns (Sponsored session with Su Wen Herbs )
In modern clinical practice, we often find more complicated combinations of patterns. These clients have usually followed multiple therapies and regular treatments, some of which have been very helpful, but clients still seek to improve their health issues and the quality of their lives.  Wouldn’t it be great to learn more about how to combine acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy to better address the complex patterns displayed by your patients?  

In this seminar, Petra Tjeertes, LAc and Licensed phytotherapist, explains how acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy support each other in these more complicated patterns and can be integrated into clinical practice, improving results in chronic and acute cases. For those who practise acupuncture, the integration of this treatment modality with herbal formulae can broaden the scope of the therapeutic range and allow for greater flexibility. 

Dr Gil Ton PhD. is a Chinese medicine physician, lecturer and researcher based in Amsterdam. He has lived in Asia for a total of 7 years, in which he gained an extensive and unique academic and clinical practice experience in Acupuncture. His clinical and research interests involve Tung Acupuncture lineage, The role of connective tissue in channel theory and the clinical and cost-effectiveness benefits of Acupuncture treatment. He published 6 scientific papers about Acupuncture, Laser Acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine.



Correct The Earth – Taiwan’s Tung Acupuncture to treat digestive system: theory and practice
Tung Acupuncture lineage originated from Taiwan and the last four decades gained popularity worldwide due to its simplicity and clinical efficacy. It is a complete acupuncture system that doesn’t have any connection to orthodox Acupuncture channels that can be applied not only in pain management but also for internal medicine diseases. This seminar will focus on the earth phase main points and how to use them in common digestive system disorders. Previous background in Tung is not needed.


Deborah is practitioner and teacher with over 20 years at ICOM in the UK. She is an avid student of Chinese Medicine and classical Chinese culture. Deborah studied classical Chinese at SOAS then completed an MA at UCL including translations of Chinese Medical texts from the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty up to modern day Taiwanese authors. She is currently completing a PhD investigating the origins of Chinese Medicine and divination through translations of early Chinese texts.


天人合一 humans in the holographic universe 

This short Chinese phrase can be translated as ‘the unity of Heaven and humans’. This talk will focus on the many ways that humans are formed and function through the interactions of Heaven and Earth. We will look at some theory and see how our bodies, channel system and points are fully in concordance with this foundational Chinese philosophical and medical concept. 


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the conference. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact Helen Gibb on for further details. 

Su Wen Herbs – Headline sponsor

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Designed in 1994 by Giovanni Maciocia®, world-renowned author, acupuncturist and herbalist, Su Wen Herbs® supplements are based on his over 39 years of research and clinical experience, to better address patterns displayed by patients in modern practice.

The Su Wen Herbs® range of formulae consists of three lines:   

  • The Three Treasures® – Classical Formulae for the Modern World   
  • Women’s Treasure® – Traditional Formulae for the Modern Woman   
  • The Little Treasures® – Ancient Formulae for the Modern Child  

Manufactured in the Netherlands to comply with HACCP Plus guidelines and recently relaunched in the UK, Su Wen Herbs meets the BHMA’s GHMSS herbal standards and the RCHM’s herbal standards, and is proud to be a BHMA and RCHM approved practitioner supplier. Please note, practitioners must be fully qualified and insured to prescribe these food supplements.

AcuPrime – Exhibitor 

At AcuPrime we supply acupuncture products at sensible prices, simply put we’re your direct link to the manufacturers. We aim to deliver excellence throughout the UK to practitioner’s and wholesalers alike.

Take a sneak peek into what we have to offer with an exclusive BAcC discount code: BACCMEETINGPOINTS  

See you at the conference, come say hi!

The Harmony Principle – Exhibitor 

Rooted in the phases of the Five Elements and their corresponding five seasons, The Harmony Principle is a seasonal self-care programme that invites you to deepen your connection with nature, and yourself. We offer practitioners (and their clients) an easy framework for harnessing the power of nature’s Creative Cycle. Live in harmony with the energy of the seasons with our online programme.


NCA – Exhibitor 

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NCA have been at the forefront of TCM education since 1988 and we’re delighted to be back in-person at the BAcC conferences, showcasing our exciting professional development courses:

  • MSc/PGDip in Chinese Herbal Medicine: fully online for both class and clinic
  • MSc in Advanced Acupuncture Practice: develop your practice and building towards an MSc at your own pace
  • Certificate in Chinese Medicine Nutrition: brand-new online course launching in 2023

Check out The Practitioner Hub, NCA’s home for offering practitioner events, forums, supervision and support. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand.

Scarboroughs Health – Exhibitor 

Experts in acupuncture supplies and first class customer service with the personal touch!   We’re so looking forward to meeting our customers again, face to face. Scarboroughs are long established specialists in acupuncture, electro acupuncture devices, moxa and clinic supplies.  Apply BACC10 voucher code for 10% discount.  


YourClinic – Exhibitor 

YourClinic is platform that makes life easier for patients and practitioners; from booking to patient notes and integrated MYMOP data collection all to reduce the admin burden. We will use the data collected to push for greater recognition and uptake of acupuncture, nationally and beyond.


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