Holistic Physician and Acupuncturist.


Welcome to my practice

Dr. Stephen Hopwood 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 practitioner for twenty years.  Dr. Hopwood is a Registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council – GMC – although he no longer practices western medicine as such, as he doesn’t currently prescribe pharmaceutical medicine and only offers natural non prescription health supplements. 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.


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.


Acupuncture works by regulating these electrical pathways, balancing energy, clearing blockages and cultivating our body’s own natural healing reserves of Qi / Energy.


Working together, Acupuncture, Dietary advice, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, supplements, Tai Chi exercises and good lifestyle counselling are an excellent integrated tried and tested way to help symptoms and address the underlying causes of disease. This 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 supplements you may need to take, along with any de-tox and dietary pratises.


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.


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.



Conventional Western medicine often treats disease by suppressing symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause unwelcome side effects and can also be toxic. These chemical prescriptions can 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. The practice of Acupuncture and the holistic view of Traditional Chinese Medical theory has been practiced 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.


For example the Japanese today have a lower incidence of breast cancer, 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 levels that can provide the similar sorts of health benefits that the Japanese have been enjoying centuries.


Holistic Integrated medicine for Optimal Health

Modern Holistic science 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 research, we now understand for example, how to strengthen the thyroid, fortify the bones and built the immune system, effectively.


Dr. Hopwood will explain these natural health cultivation principles and show you how to put simple solutions into practice 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.



Your Appointments

Your consultation with Dr. Hopwood will last for about 40 minutes followed by 40 mins of Acupuncture. 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 Holistic / Chinese 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 abdomen and uses very find disposable needles. You will be relaxing with the Acupuncure for between 20 and 40 minutes, during which time most people report feeling relaxed, centred and revitalised.


For bookings call the Arcturus Clinic on: 01803 868282