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.

LATEST UPDATES: 21 May  - Our latest Blog from Trustee Barbara Robinson:  - The trip to Chaparda! And our latest Fundraising update...

Covid 19 Pandemic

World Medicine has observed with sadness, shock and increasing dismay the devastation being felt on a global level from the current pandemic that has claimed the lives of some 239,000 worldwide. (World Health Organisation May 4th 2020).

Today there are 3.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus across an astonishing spread of 215 countries.

We are acutely aware of the many fragile communities around the world where there is a real lack of infrastructure in place to protect and indeed treat people who develop symptoms of Corona virus. Our thoughts in particular are with the Chaparda community in Gujurat, a community we at World Medicine are very involved with and are very much hoping that they are able to respond to the extraordinary challenge that this health crisis will inflict on them.

We are also witnessing hardship closer to home and like many others are appalled to see the cruel effects that this pandemic is having on so many families.

As a nation we are very proud of our NHS workers who are delivering the most extraordinary care to their covid patients. We are so heartened when we see tender images of nurses and doctors caring for their patients and have the greatest respect for the work that they are doing.

Our own position is somewhat frustrating! We would like nothing more than to be involved as we feel Chinese Medicine, acupuncture in particular has much to offer in treating the body which is literally under attack. We also have a great deal of faith in acupuncture’s ability to support the stressed and exhausted patient. Like others, we feel concerned about the impact of stress and exhaustion in particular on our NHS workers, so in the coming months as the pandemic starts its slow decline we will be considering ways in which we may be able to safely support those workers once the current risks have diminished.

It is our hope that in the not so distant future we may be able to extend our current projects to include an NHS support clinic but this will be some way off due to the close contact nature of our work. Meanwhile, World Medicine trustees will continue to be guided by the scientific and legal advice regarding safe practice and remain hopeful that we will continue our work for many, many years.

Friends We Have Lost

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In January 2020, when we arrived at the ashram to begin our acupuncture camp we were deeply shocked and saddened to learn that our dear friend Chandrabhai had passed away. He was a wonderful man who looked after us at the ashram with good humour, kindness and patience! Chandrabhai was always one of the first faces we would see on arrival in Chaparda and he would almost be as excited as us as he effortlessly carted our heavy bags up the stairs and got us all organised. He was utterly reliable and diligent in his work, keeping all ashram guests supplied with water, spare lightbulbs and providing the most amazing laundry service that many of us had ever experienced! Chandrabhai was literally our go to man for everything. He fixed sunglasses, shoes, dripping taps and everything in between. He was a true friend to many world medicine volunteers over the past few years and to say that we were heartbroken to learn of his death is not an exaggeration. People like Chandrabhai help shape the experiences of our time in Chaparda and for that we will always be both humbled and grateful.

We will miss him greatly.


It is with a very heavy heart that we must also inform you of the sad news of the passing of our dear friend Ramesh Shah. ( Covid-19). Ramesh had volunteered with us as a translator for the Chaparda project in both 2018 and 2019 along with his wife, Krishangi. May his soul rest in peace!

We would like to convey our deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends.

We will be adding to this statement in the near future to give a fuller picture of Ramesh’s work with us.

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.