Alex Owen -
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine
Practitioner in Hertfordshire
BSc. (Hons) - Traditional Chinese Medicine (Middlesex University)
Bachelor Medicine - (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)(China)
Professional Diploma - Tuina (Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine)
Member of Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM)
Alex Owen began his studies in TCM under the tutelage of Dr Kai Lam Lee, in 1996. He studied at the Fook Sang Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Practitioners Training College for four years gaining experience in all aspects of TCM. His teacher was a very traditional practitioner, teaching him many folk remedies and herbal medicine which are rarely taught now-a-days.
When the college closed in 2000 Alex decided to start the five-year BSc course in TCM at Middlesex University. This was the first collaborative professional programme in TCM to be validated in the UK. The course is modelled on the curriculum used in China, and was designed and run in close partnership with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. This means that graduates of the course also are awarded a Bachelor of Medicine from the University in China.
During his time at Middlesex University Alex also gained his professional diploma in tuina massage and a certificate in acupuncture first aid. For his efforts he was also recognised by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and awarded the Prize for Excellence in TCM Studies 2005. He graduated with first class honours in 2005.
Alex spent seven months in China in 2004. He studied at two of the largest TCM hospitals in China's capital, Beijing. The hospitals most prominent physicians tutored him on the latest techniques and treatment methods used in China. He gained extensive experience working on the cardiology, neurology, respiratory, gynaecology, dermatology, traumatology and paediatric wards.
After graduating Alex was invited to join the staff at the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine who are the affiliated Teaching and Research Centre of Chinese Medicine for Middlesex University. Asante not only provide private treatments for private patients but also supply treatments in several NHS establishments.
In 2006 Alex was invited to help set up and head a maternity acupuncture service situated in Whittington NHS Hospital. The service, run from the labour ward, grew from strength to strength and provided nearly 150 treatments per month.
In 2005 Alex started his first private practice in Kings Langley and in the years following also established clinics in St Albans, Harpenden, Bushey and Highgate in North London. Over the years he has helped many patients from these areas but his treatments have also been sought international clients from as far away as Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela and India.
Othe projects Alex worked on include helping to pioneer a new therapy called Hypnopuncture, with his colleague Paul Haynes. Hypnopuncture combined hypnotherapy and acupuncture focusing helping people wanting to lose weight, stop smoking and much more. As a therapy it was very popular and articles on it were published in national newspapers including the Daily Express and The Metro.
Alex also established The Open Space Acupuncture Clinic in 2009 which was Hertfordshires first multibed acupuncture clinic. Its aim is to provide low cost acupuncture, opening up the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to the whole community.
Alex has a good knowledge of many medical conditions and has particular success in the fields of musculo-skeletal problems such as sports injuries, back pain, sciatica, arthritis and also menstrual & reproductive aliments such as painful, delayed, frequent, irregular menstrual bleeding and. His main specialisations are in acupuncture during pregnancy and labour and male and female infertility.
Alex Owen is a full member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM), the UK's largest regulatory body for TCM practitioners. Alex is fully commited to the promotion of the safe and ethical practice of TCM in the UK and sits on the ATCM's Public Relations Committee and on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Accreditation Board (TCMAB).