Holistic Physician and Acupuncturist.


Welcome to my practice

Dr. Stephen Hopwood is a Holistic Physician, having qualified in 1986 from Bristol University with a degree in medicine.  He has worked as an NHS hospital doctor, an NHS General Practitioner and as an Holistic Physician for twenty years.  Dr. Hopwood is a Registered Medical Practitioner with the GMC.
Dr. Hopwood has studied Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China (1983) and the U.K. and has been Qualified, Registered, Licensed and insured with the British Acupuncture Council since 1989.


Working together, Acupuncture, Dietary advice, Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs are an excellent integrated tried and tested way to help symptoms and address the underlying causes of disease.  Dr. Hopwood is a specialist in using Acupuncture for pain relief.  He regularly sees people with back pain, sciatica, arthritis and other muscular-skeletal conditions.
Acupuncture is also often frequently used to treat headaches, neuralgia, period pain and digestive discomfort.  Depression and anxiety, stress and fatigue, insomnia and high blood pressure, premenstrual tension and menopausal symptoms, all frequently respond to this approach.  Asthma, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, gout, thyroid disease, recurrent infection and fibro-myalgia all also traditionally respond well.


Herbs, dietary advice, vitamin/mineral supplements, Tai Chi exercises and good lifestyle counselling, all complement a course of acupuncture and facilitate a truly integrated approach, which 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 herbs, minerals and supplements you may need to take, along with dietary, exercise and de-tox protocols.


In recent years, with the rising incidence in cancer, 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.
Dr. Stephen Hopwood is a unique medical practitioner with decades of experience combining the best of western medical knowledge with the wisdom and insights of both ancient and modern complementary medicine – providing exceptional individually tailored health care.



Conventional Western medicine treats disease mostly by suppressing symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause unwelcome side effects and can also be toxic. These chemical prescriptions often do little or nothing to support our body’s capacity to heal itself. In the long term they can create dependency and even significantly undermine our health.
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 the underlying causes of disease, to re-establish homoeostasis.


Over 20 years of clinical experience has shown Dr. Hopwood that holistic integrated medicine has a proven ability to build the foundations for vitality and genuine wellbeing. By physically fortifying the body’s own healing functions, a real opportunity is provided for symptoms to resolve and for sustainable optimal health to be achieved.Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Tai Chi Chinese Medicine has been practised for over 3,000 years and is a highly evolved system of diagnosis and 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.Chinese herbal medicine uses unique natural compounds that have been proved to work by specifically addressing excesses and deficiencies in our organ function and by building health and vitality. Working together, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are an excellent, tried and tested, way to treat symptoms and deal with the underlying causes of disease.


Dr. Hopwood also runs workshops in Tai Chi and Qi Gong in Totnes and the classes provide a wonderful opportunity to relax, have some fun and take some exercise. He explains the art and science of this ancient healing/martial discipline and shows how to develop and balance your Qi energy and how this relates to the five elements, natural rhythms and Tai Chi dance.


Holistic Integrated medicine for Optimal Health

Modern medical biochemistry 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 intake and through clinical trials, western trained doctors now understand for example, how to strengthen the thyroid, fortify the bones and built the immune system, effectively.


The Japanese today have half our incidence of breast cancer, half our neonatal mortality and a much lower incidence of heart disease and thyroid diseases, than we do here in the west. In accordance with Holistic principles, Dr. Hopwood regularly supplements essential minerals like Iodine, Magnesium and Mineral Salts at a level that can provide the same sort of health benefits that the Japanese have been enjoying centuries.


Dr. Hopwood will explain these principles and show you how to put simple solutions into practise in your daily life. Using an alkalising de-tox programme and regular monitoring, you will be supported in the building of a stronger foundation for your long term optimal health.


Commonly Treated Conditions

Dr. Hopwood is also a specialist in using Acupuncture for pain relief. He regularly treats back pain, sciatica, arthritis, and other musculo-skeletal condition. Acupuncture is also used to treat other painful conditions such as headaches, neuralgia, period pain and digestive discomfort. Depression and anxiety, stress and fatigue, insomnia and high blood pressure, pre-menstrual tension and menopausal symptoms are all frequently treated. Asthma, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, gout, thyroid disease, recurrent infraction and fibromyalgia all also respond well.


Chinese herbs, dietary advice, vitamin/mineral supplements, Tai Chi exercises and good counselling all complement a course of acupuncture and facilitate a truly integrated approach which allows for a whole range of conditions to be effectively treated. Once specific symptoms have been treated successfully it is traditionally recommended to have some low maintenance acupuncture, to address chronic health patterns, to cultivate vitality and to enable review of your sustainable health programme.


Your Appointments

Your first and second consultations with Dr. Hopwood will last for about an hour and twenty minutes and subsequent appointments will last about an hour. Dr. Hopwood values the traditional doctor/patient relationship and offers time to discuss the ways in which your general health and lifestyle relate to a specific problem.


Dr Hopwood will take a detailed medical history, check your pulse and observe your tongue. He will want to know how you work, eat, sleep and relax. This information will support a clear diagnosis and enable him to offer a comprehensive treatment programme.


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 use very find disposable needles. You will be relaxing for between 20 and 40 minutes, during which time people report feeling calm, centred and revitalised.


Dr. Hopwood will outline a clear health protocol, with supporting information, detailing which herbs, minerals and supplements you may need to take and when. He will explain any tests that may been to be carried out and contact your G.P. as necessary.


This thoroughly well grounded and integrated approach makes the work Dr Hopwood does with The Totnes Cancer Care Centre – “Treating People not Cancer” – a powerful and unique Devon resource, showing another way.


totnescancercare.org and The Totnes Approach; Optimising the Health of People with Cancer.

The Totnes Approach is simple yet profound:

  • We offer people nutritional support and dietary advice
  • We recommend taking specific mineral and vitamin supplements – for correct physiological functioning.
  • We offer ways of supporting the body by clearing toxicity – as embodied chemicals can be harmful.
  • We give recommendations for maintaining the body’s pH acid/alkaline balance in the normal healthy range by eating an alkalising diet.
  • We offer support with a range of exercise, relaxation and meditation.
  • We offer emotional support, peer group support and carer/family support – to meet our human needs.
  • We offer education, information and life re-evaluation; because we all have a lot to learn.


Our Totnes approach is implemented by offering a range of health care services.


We offer regular weekly health care support workshops every Wednesday at the Arcturus Clinic from 12 – 2 pm – led by experienced practitioners.  These offer peer group/emotional support and provide a forum to learn about the best practices and techniques available to optimise your health.


Totnes Cancer Care weekend retreats – “Treating People not Cancer” are an exciting opportunity to learn from exceptional national and international speakers and are intended to expand our knowledge base, consolidate mutual understanding and build an integrated network of like-minded professionals.


Our website articles and videos present you with a comprehensive understanding of both ancient and modern complementary medical approaches to health cultivation showing you how the holistic perspective is indeed well founded in good science, extensive research and rational analysis.  With study and support, the picture of how to build good health becomes clear  and you can begin to trust what to do and why to do it – all of which will increase your ability to return to sustainable health.


Totnes Cancer Care – “Treating People not Cancer”.


For bookings call the Arcturus Clinic on: 01803 868282