Traditional Acupuncture in Cheltenham & Stroud

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It sees pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance – the aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium.

The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s ‘qi’, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this – emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, and infection or injury are among the most common.

People choose acupuncture for a wide variety of specific symptoms and conditions, or simply because they may feel low on energy or generally unwell (physically and/or emotionally). Others may choose acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution.

After a treatment, patients will often say they feel revitalised, more positive, or more relaxed.

Traditional acupuncture has been researched, refined and developed for centuries, and is now widely used and accepted all over the world.

Ric Malkinson

Meet Ric Malkinson

BA (Hons) Lic.Ac. MBAcC

After being introduced to Traditional Acupuncture in Cheltenham 2002, Ric became fascinated with its theory and tradition – with the simplicity of the Yin/Yang and Five Element concepts, and with the thousand-year history of an effective drug-free medicine. In 2010 Ric completed a three year degree in Traditional Acupuncture at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Warwick, qualifying with First Class Honours. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)


"Ric and his amazing acupuncture has worked wonders for me, both on a physical and emotional level. He listens and heals with so much patience and compassion- you’re a star Ric!!!"
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JP - Stroud
"Fantastic approach. And very knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommend."
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BB - Cheltenham
"I immediately started to feel better after my first treatment, and continued to make good progress throughout the first 5 sessions. I found Ric’s sympathetic and holistic approach very therapeutic and reassuring, both with the pain and in managing my stress levels. Every time that I visit Ric, I walk away from the appointment feeling relaxed with a general sense of well being."
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CY - Cheltenham
"I’d never considered acupuncture before, and was amazed at the improvement after only the second treatment. Within a few months of regular treatments with Ric my quality of life has been the best I have known for 20 years."
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WL - Stroud
"There were times when my mood was quite despondent, and I was feeling lacklustre and tired all the time. But during and since treatment I have enjoyed a better state of being… what a joy that my life is no longer determined and dominated by this! I am more relaxed and there is more enjoyment. The treatments have certainly been a positive experience and I cherish this."
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MM - Birmingham
"I've been receiving regular acupuncture treatments from Ric for over a year; I've felt a big improvement in my symptoms. He has a real sensitivity and warmth which, coupled with his knowledge and passion for acupuncture, has made it a wonderful experience - despite me not being particularly keen on needles!"
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EP - Cheltenham