Charles is a practitioner, educator and authority on acupuncture and the Chinese medical tradition with over three decades of experience.His career has spanned multiple disciplines including medical sciences and the theory, philosophy and practice of clinical oriental medicine.
Whilst conducting brain research at Bristol University in 1976 he stumbled across work on the neurophysiology of acupuncture. Having had a prior interest in Daoist thought he was inspired to take a degree in traditional acupuncture which then led to an interest in Chinese herbal medicine (CHM). From 1984 he pioneered the teaching and practice of CHM in the UK including a role as the founding director of the UK’s first college-based CHM training. Since gaining an MSc in acupuncture in 2000, He has supervised post-graduate students and worked an External Examiner for various University CHM MSc degrees.
As a practitioner, educator and author with one foot in science and one in the classical tradition he has explored many subjects and has honed his communication skills. In 2014 he published a textbook on the historical development of Chinese medicine and in 2015 he completed a term as Chairman of the British Acupuncture Council.