Hugh MacPherson trained in acupuncture in London and China. He has worked at the York Clinic (formerly the Ch’ien Clinic) as an acupuncturist since its inception in 1982 and as Clinc Director since 1986. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council with over 25 years of experience behind him as an acupuncturist. MacPherson founded and has been Principal and Honorary President of the York-based Northern College of Acupuncture. This college runs a range of educational programmes including a Master of Science degree course in acupuncture. For four years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the British Acupuncture Council. MacPherson currently has a joint appointment as a part-time as Honorary Research Director of the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine, a registered charity, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of York, where he is funded by the Department of Health with a Career Scientist Award to help develop the evidence on acupuncture’s effectiveness and safety. He is also the author of over 60 scientific and medical articles, and lead editor of two books: Acupuncture in practice: case history insights from the West and Acupuncture Research: Strategies for building an evidence base.