About Acupuncture and Shiatsu in Exeter

Robin Costello BSc. DipAc. MBAcC. CertAc(China)
Inside the Exeter acupuncture clinic
I graduated originally from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 3 year full time Acupuncture Diploma (DipAc) course, and am on the practitioners register of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC), the regulatory and professional body with an entry standard of a full three year undergraduate degree level training. I have worked in a hospital in Yunnan in south west China deepening my knowledge and using acupuncture and Chinese massage (tuina) as the treatment of choice in its country of origin. I have taught Chinese medicine in colleges, the NHS and at university level. I also practise Qi Gong, and Chinese dietary therapy, that is the medicinal use of ordinary foods, chosen to help achieve particular therapeutic effects in different individuals.

I possess the dual qualification of shiatsu practitioner, having graduated in 1994 from the European Shiatsu School’s three year diploma course. I therefore place great value on bodywork and may include some Chinese massage (tuina), shiatsu or some Swedish massage in my acupuncture treatments, or give clients exercises which they can practise.

Exeter acupuncture: model showing the acupuncture meridians of the head.For patients who are nervous, or who are new to acupuncture, I specialise in very gently paced and reassuring introductory sessions, and spend ample time answering your questions, and showing how any initial apprehensions about acupuncture are usually misplaced.

My clinic premises are registered with, and have been inspected and approved by, Exeter City Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Through membership of the British Acupuncture Council, I am on a voluntary register which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is a scheme set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public, and explained in their short video. Accreditation demonstrates my commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety, and to delivering a better service. The General Medical Council allows GPs to refer patients onwards to practitioners on a register accredited by the PSA.