About me

Dr Charlotte Paterson, MBChB, PhD, MBAcC.

I have a first class honours degree in acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading  and I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council  (MBAcC). Previously, I worked for 25 years as a conventional medical doctor (general practitioner) and I am also an experienced researcher. This is a solid basis for safe, expert acupuncture practice.

My research into acupuncture includes a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of acupuncture for people with medically unexplained symptoms.This provides evidence of acupuncture benefiting them both physically and emotionally, and also increasing their understanding and self-care abilities.

I am passionate about reducing inequality in health care. I offer a sliding scale of charges for people on low income and I donate 10% of my acupuncture fees to charity.I currently support Bristol Refugee Rights, Avon and Bristol Law Centre, and Womens Aid.


All members of the BAcC can offer you the following assurances:

  • BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture & Chinese medicine (3,600 hours of study).
  • Full insurance cover.
  • Practice skills maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Compliance with BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.

Please consult the BAcC website for factsheets on research evidence and other information