World Medicine - Acupuncture in Action

World Medicine is a registered UK charity providing acupuncture to people around the world suffering the effects of trauma, disaster or poverty.

Helping refugees and the Ukrainian Crisis


Photo credit: Sergi Cámara/Entreculturas – Alboan – JRS

We have all been horrified and profoundly saddened by the events which have been unfolding since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th Feb.  The priority for refugees fleeing Ukraine is shelter and security, food, medical care and information about what to do/where to go, and World Medicine applauds the prompt actions taken by the many aid agencies assisting refugees evacuating from the war zone and at the reception centres in neighbouring countries. 

Our hearts go out to all those in need, and we at World Medicine have considered deeply as individuals, as a group and consulting other agencies, how to make the most efficient use of our skills and experience.

Ukrainian refugees are starting to arrive in this country now, swelling the numbers of asylum seekers who have already reached our shores – they are all deserving of our expertise, kindness and commitment regardless of the reasons that brought them here.  Without closing your practice, disrupting your family or even travelling very far it is possible to offer effective treatments for trauma, PTSD and anxiety, free of charge to those affected by the appalling events going on in our world today.

World Medicine is offering grants of £2000 to acupuncturists setting up free-to-user acupuncture projects.  We know it can be done, the JRS refugee clinic at Wapping is an example of how it can be achieved. A group of acupuncturists in Lancaster are nearing launch of their project and we have heard from interested practitioners in Oxford, Bristol and Wales.  Where will you set yours up?   Can you support a colleague’s project by volunteering with them? We would love to hear from anyone eager to take this forward*.

Barbara Robinson

Welcome to World Medicine

World Medicine - Acupuncture in Action -  offers humanitarian aid and training where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender in order to strengthen and support local communities.

The journey began in 2005 when a team of 21 complementary therapists went out to help victims of the Asian Tsunami.

Today, we are more active than ever in offering practitioner training, overseas and UK based programmes, recruiting volunteers, and raising funds for current and future projects.

Please browse around the website to find out more about our work, our projects, those we help, our volunteers, and how you too can help our work by giving your time and by giving us financial support.

Thank you for your interest in the work of World Medicine, thank you for visiting and thank you for your support.

Refugee Friends

Read about our ongoing project, 'Refugee Friends' taking place in London.

From the Blog of JRS

 "Thanks for opportunity to get acupuncture today . The positive effect was immediate. I didn’t expect it myself!"

Grants for new local projects

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World Medicine would like to invite either individual or groups of acupuncturists to apply for one of our PROJECT grants. - click here for more details.

And click here to read our blog on practicalities to consider.

Our New Trustee

38BFBC7F-9F2F-4599-A358-2564E2CA7052_1_201_a-046a131f-1920wWe are delighted to welcome a new trustee for World Medicine.

Gary Carvill comes to us with a wealth of experience from his background in the financial sector before choosing Acupuncture as a career! We are so delighted to have him on board with us and are certain he will be a wonderful asset! Read his profile along with the other trustees here.