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Biog. “When I was a medical student I remember having a deep discussion with a GP tutor who informed me about Dr Michael Balint's book 'The Doctor, his Patient and the Illness' (pub. 1968). It totally ignited a spark in me and the approach of holistic medicine. Back in 1979 there were no computers or websites available to further research this subject and there was very little else written. (Now we have so much more and the world of psychoneuroimmunology has matured.) However by trawling through medical books and journals I eventually came across a Chinese medical model which embraced a holistic approach both in diagnostics and treatment. But then the challenge became where could I go to study and learn these skills? Fortunately I discovered the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) run by Prof. Jack Worsley. So in 1982 this is where it all started, I began my classical acupuncture training and apprencticed with Jack for 19 years both here in CTA but also within his international master apprentice training.
In 2012 with all the increased amount of scientific evidence for acupuncture but also being a member of the GMC where I am required to look at best medical evidence, I undertook a Masters degree in Western Medical Acupuncture and I am now also a fully accredited member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
However, even after over thirty plus years of being involved with studying, practicing and teaching acupuncture I realise more and more, there is still so much to learn. Classical Acupuncture is not something to learn over a couple of weekends. It is a life time of study and even today I still feel humbled and amazed in observing the physiological processes in restoring a person's natural capacity.
My path into medicine started at St Bartholomew’s Medical College, London, where I qualified in 1981. In my early career I travelled around the country working in a variety of medical positions and gained experience and qualifications in emergency medicine, intensive care, anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, and general practice. I left the NHS in 1988 to focus my medical career on acupuncture. At the same time I decided to return home, to my ancestral roots of Malvern, where I initially set up the Clinic of Classical Acupuncture. During this time my wife observed the way people got better, such that she chose to retrain as a Classical Acupuncturist and then together in 2003, we moved our growing practices into the centre of Great Malvern to establish the Beacon Clinic, now a centre for integrated medicine.
Along with running the clinic and my practice, I prioritise having regular individual one on one mentoring, supervision sessions, update myself in conventional medicine, the latest scientific research of acupuncture / moxibustion and trainings to develop my classical acupuncture skills.
My journey has also involved me being a director of training and lecturer at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, a medical advisor to both the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board and British Acupuncture Council, and a guest lecturer at several universities and colleges. Sue and I run a local acupuncture support group. Maybe one day I might teach the art of classical acupuncture and its many associated skills on to the next generation.
It is not all work, I love walking on the Malvern Hills every day with my dog, I enjoy singing. I began learning karate and aikido when I was 20 and various other martial arts however I am now a retired taekwondo instructor (2nd degree black belt) and for the last few years I have been practicing the gentler art of Tai Chi (Yang style).
Sue and I have three daughters Kate, Bethaney and Sophie.
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“Martin, As I embark on my new adventure, I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all your magic and part in getting my ‘twinkle’ back. I really appreciate it and I’ve learnt some lessons!" HS Cheltenham
"Martin I’d like you to know that I feel I am indebted to you. You helped me be where I am now, both physically and psychologically with your needles and sound magic, your empathy, your kindness, your friendliness. Thank you! You are an outstanding magic healer!" ET Malvern
Martin's reply to the above
"Any healing, restoring of health, call it what you like, arises from inside each person.
Acupuncture, tuning forks, moxa, or sound, are all tools or methods which facilitate helping restore a person's own natural capacity back to normal.
The 'magical' homeostatic mechansims lie in each individual person and not the doctor / practitioner / therapist."
Dr Martin Allbright ,10th February 2012
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'Emma' up on the Malvern Hills
'Emma' on the Malvern Hills -
In the musical 'South Pacific' playing Emile de Beck,
Malvern Theatre 2007 Malvern Light Opera Society
General Medical Council
British Holistic Medical Association
British Medical Acupuncture Society
Society for Acupuncture Research
Worsley Institute (Founder & Life Member)
Positions and Training
MSc Western Medical Acupuncture (distinction) 2014
Medical Advisor to the British Acupuncture Council since 2000 to present.
Diploma Medical Acupuncture DipMedAc 2013
Certificate of training for General Practice 1988
Diploma Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists DRCOG 1986
Diploma in Anaesthetics DA 1983
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBBS (London) 1981
Acupuncture Master AcM (CTA) 1993
Master Apprentice Programme (MAP) with Prof. JR Worsley 1997-
Bachelor of Acupuncture BAc (CTA) 1989
Licentiate in Acupuncture Lic Ac (College of Traditional Acupuncture. CTA) 1986
Present professional development training in Nogiers Auriculotherapy 2018
Certificate in Sound Healing (College of Sound Healing) 2012
Certificate in Focussing (College of Integrated Chinese Medicine) 2013
Founder and Medical Director of Beacon Clinic 2003 to present.
Master of Health and Medical Education MHMEd (distinction) 2017
Certified Advanced teacher of Classical Five Element Acupuncture by Prof. JR Worsley (1999)
Mentor Supervision in Acupuncture Certificate (2004)
Medical Advisor to the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board
Director of Education and lecturer at College of Traditional Acupuncture
Guest lecturer at:-
College of Traditional Acupuncture award ceremony.
Acupuncture Master Award 1993 with my wife Sue, Prof. JR Worsley and Dr Judy Becker-
'If only I had known Harry Potter was going to copy my glasses'!!!
College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) award ceremony. Bachelor of Acupuncture 1989
Where are they now?
From left to right.
Front row. Nora Franglen (Started School of Five Element Acupuncture (SOFEA), Tony Miles, Amanda Thurston (Helped start SOFEA) Prof. JR Worsley and Dr Judy Becker-
Middle row. Karen Hammer, Sue Pready, Diane Summer, Anna Paris (CTA tutor), Magda Koc (Tutor at College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), Deidre Burton (tutor at CTA now Energy Balancer extraordinnaire).
Back row. Martin Allbright (with better glasses), Simon Chesney (Osteopath), Rosi Roper (Tutor at CTA), Allan Johnstone, Barbara Lockie, Eric ?Ruberyol.
Master Apprentice Programme 1998 Orignal MAP group and founding members of the Worsley Institute
Dr Shaun Pike, giving a talk on the benfits of referring people for complementary medicine at the Beacon Clinic
Sue, Martin and ? on left..... Hilary and her late husband Terry Skellon o right, CTA Graduation ceremony around late 1980's
College of Traditional Acupuncture Prof. JR Worsley, team and staff. Late 1980's
Can you name them and where are they now?
Professional Areas of Interest
Classical Five Element Acupuncture
Western Medical Acupuncture
Video Enhanced Reflective Practice