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Paul Cooney BA(Hons) Ac. / Lic. AC.

Member of the Acupuncture Society


I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2001 earning an honours degree in Traditional Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, certified by Oxford Brookes University.

Over the years I worked from various clinics in Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon, working as an individual treating patients on a one to one basis as well as working as part of the charity the Alternative Health Trust.

I continued my training with post-graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading UK, qualifying as a TCM practitioner.

Massage is an integral part of my practise and I have worked on a weekly basis with numerous care homes in the Warwickshire area specialising in relaxation for clients with learning disabilities, as well as working with sports injuries, stress and back pain.

Over the last fifteen years I embarked on various periods of extended travel and have practised acupuncture in communities as diverse as the Tibetan refugees of northern India and the pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.

I am presently based in a beautiful clinic on Clarendon Street in the centre of Leamington Spa called Simply Spiritual and am a member of acupuncture’s professional body the Acupuncture Society.

Whatever your health needs I hope you find what you looking for here. I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2001 and have worked with hundreds of patients over that time helping individuals to return to physical and emotional health. Should you need more information please feel free to contact me for a chat or a free consultation.


Two thousand years of research has produced a medical system that is both effective and safe; there are no significant side effects associated with acupuncture.

As traditional forms of medicine around the world have died out with the advent of Western Medicine, acupuncture has continued to be practiced in Chinese hospitals and has thrived in Europe and the United States since its introduction in the mid 1970’s. The success of acupuncture is based solely on its effectiveness.

Acupuncture is effective for a wide range of medical conditions and in my 15 years of practice I have treated most of them.

How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine understands the body as an energetic network. Blood and Chi (energy) are taken from food and the air we breathe and then dispersed through meridian channels to nourish the muscles, tissues and vital organs.

Disease is understood as a deficiency, excess or an imbalance in this energy.

Acupuncture is used to either increase or dispel Chi and Blood or to enable the smooth movement of Chi through the body.

One important aim of the treatment is to strengthen the immune system to enable the body and mind to facilitate the healing process.

What Happens During a Treatment?

The first step in any medical treatment is a clear and concise diagnosis and this is something that acupuncture excels at. The initial diagnosis will involve careful and extensive questioning about the condition you are presenting, the taking of a full medical history and various questions concerning your diet and lifestyle.

Your pulse will be taken and tongue looked at.

Having made an appropriate diagnosis this will be discussed with you and then treatment will proceed with the appropriate placement of needles on the body.

The experience of being needled with the fine acupuncture needles, which are much thinner than needles used for injections, is often described as that of a dull ache.

All needles are taken from sterile sealed packs and only used once before being disposed of into a sharps box.

Acupuncture can treat a whole range of medical conditions from the physical through to the emotional. As a treatment it is often used as a side effect free first response by patients who know of its benefits, however, as practitioners we would always suggest that you also consult your western doctor and allow western and eastern medicine to complement each other.

On this page you will find many of the medical conditions which acupuncture is credited with being able to help either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with western medical interventions.

Digestive system – Nausea / Indigestion / IBS / Constipation and Diarrhoea / Acid reflux / Cystitis

Respiratory system – Asthma / Hay fever / Sinusitis / Weak Immune system

Musculoskeletal – Back pain / Shoulder neck hip knee pain / RSI / Tennis elbow / Arthritis / Rheumatism / Sports injuries

Gynaecological system – Period pain / Irregular periods / PMS / Infertility / Menopausal symptoms

Fatigue – Low energy / Chronic fatigue / Insomnia

Emotional Issues – Anxiety / Stress / Panic attacks / Anger management / Grief / Depression

Nervous system – Headaches / Migraines / Chronic pain


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