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Meet York Acupuncturist, Alex Lochhead

Hello! I’m Alex a York acupuncturist and I have been practicing acupuncture for fifteen years, originally training at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Warwick.  I qualified with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (B.A. Hons) in Traditional Five Element Acupuncture from Oxford Brookes University. My other qualifications also include a BSc degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability.  As a fully insured member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians  and registered with City of York Council you are guaranteed the utmost professionalism and safety.

Acupuncture crept up on me out of the blue!

I had never had an acupuncture treatment before beginning my training.

There is no miracle story how ‘acupuncture healed me’ and inspired me to change my career.  It was clear to me that I was nearing the end of my career within local government. I was working on exciting and innovative projects, but job promotions were taking me away from what I loved most, working directly with people and seeing them flourish.  So, I decided to make a change and as it turns out, a pretty huge one.

Whilst searching around for a new vocation I attended an open day at a small acupuncture college in Warwick.  Knowing nothing of traditional acupuncture, apart from a few clips I’d seen on the TV, I sat and listened to the guy leading the open day and it blew my brain. It had everything I was seeking.  I could be self employed and continue to work directly with people needing help and incorporate the knowledge from my previous life as a biologist.

Traditional Five Element Acupuncture has taught me more than I could have possibly realised; it is so much more than just the needles.  It has taught me how to live a more fulfilling life, whilst having a huge amount of fun with the people I meet.

Do you have any questions you wish to ask me?  If so, click here.

Choosing the right acupuncturist is important

Take time to do your research. Check reviews, ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations. Most people have an acupuncture story to tell. 

Here are some pointers to help you:


Ensure that your acupuncturist is Association of Acupuncture Clinicians (AAC) registered. This provides you with the following assurances:


  • they are degree qualified in Acupuncture
  • fully insured
  • they offer is a safe and ethical service
  • they are meticulously clean and hygienic in all procedures
  • they are registered with the local Environmental Health Department
  • and, they undertake continuous professional development.

Other things you may wish to consider are:

  • locality of parking
  • accessibility 
  • clinical experience


All acupuncturists should be happy to take your call and answer your questions.  I am always happy to discuss acupuncture whatever stage you are at in your decision making process.  Please be assured, there is no obligation to book a session.

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