Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

Jonathan worked in Edinburgh for 40 years and before that in London. People visit him from all over the world.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

About Jonathan

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott (Director of Lothian Acupuncture and formerly of the Edinburgh Natural Health Centre) worked in the London clinic run by Dr Mary Austin for many years, with patients from all walks of life.  To improve his clinical results he then spent 6 months in China in Nanjing studying how Chinese medicine is used in practice. He still has the pulse cushion he used in the hospital where he worked!

He moved to Edinburgh in 1982 to set up the Edinburgh Natural Health Centre. He now lives and works in East Lothian, the beautiful county to the East of Edinburgh.

Some patients have been coming to see him for over 38 years, then bringing their children and now also their grandchildren!

When treating patients with acupuncture, he usually explained what he was doing, and why. Often he left the patient to relax while the treatment took effect. When he returned, they would ask him to repeat what he’d said earlier, and sometimes they asked him to email them a summary of what he’d said

For what happened next, see below under ‘Birth of this Website’!

Click here for what patients say about him.

The Qualifications

He trained in London with Mary Austin (then a very prominent acupuncturist and homeopath), at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (LicAc), the British College of Acupuncture (BAc), and the College of Chinese Medicine Nanjing in China (DipAc). 

He trained and qualified (MABP) in the principles of bio-energy.

He studied homoeopathy at the College of Homeopathy (LCH, MCH) and, with Jeremy Sherr, at the Dynamis School for Advanced Homoeopathic Studies (PCH). He also trained at the Northern College of Acupuncture, (DipCHM) and at the European College of Bowen Studies (CertECBS).

He has also trained in and practised various other therapies including Massage, Reflexology, and Shiatsu… and continues to attend courses on a range of therapies and techniques.

In recent years he has incorporated Japanese Matsumoto-style acupuncture into his practice with great results. This, together with Unified Acupuncture theory has enabled him to treat many problems he had difficulty with before. (Unified Aupuncture theory is derived from and based on the life-works of Dr Richard Tan and of Master Tung Ching-Chang: two amazingly powerful styles of acupuncture treatment, often combined.)

What all this training means for YOU!

Everyone’s different! Even if you’ve been told you have a problem shared with many other people (say ‘back pain’ or ‘insomnia’ or ‘kidney disease’) you ARE NOT the same as them!

Your symptoms will be different in many ways from those of other people.

Someone else with the same-named problem might need a completely different treatment. Jonathan has trained in many forms of therapy, and within acupuncture, many forms of acupuncture.

This means he almost certainly knows of a specific treatment that might suit you. Or he knows of several ways of approaching your particular needs.

For example, some forms of acupuncture are particularly helpful if your problem is emotional at root. Others can be remarkably effective for pain. Or, if your problem arises from stress, another treatment may be what you need.

Also, over 40 years in Edinburgh and before that in London, he has helped a lot of people. And he’s a very good listener!

Professional Memberships

Formerly a Member (RSHom) of The Society of Homeopaths, the Traditional Acupuncture Society (MTAS)  and the British Acupuncture Association, Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott is now a member (MBAcC) of The British Acupuncture Council .

British Acupuncture Council Logo

He is also (RSAPH) of The Scottish Association of Professional Homoeopaths of which he is currently Chair. He was until recently also a member of the Bowen Therapists’ European Register (MBTER).

Lecturing experience

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott lectured for 26 years at the Scottish College of Homoeopathy and then at the Scottish College of Classical Homeopathy and the Scottish School of Homeopathy.

Other Lecturing

Jonathan has also given lectures and talks on Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Diet and Disease at the Edinburgh Science Festival and throughout Scotland 

Jonathan is Director of the Scottish College for Chinese Medicine..

BAcC Regional Co-ordinator

As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott was the first Regional Co-ordinator for Edinburgh and South-East Scotland, 20002006.

Starting in April 2014 he again became Coordinator for the Region until he resigned (again) in 2022. (Why? Busy!)

In 2016 he was also joint-‘professional development lead’ for the BAcC for the North of England and Scotland.

Founder Member of SAPH

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott was a founder member of the Scottish Association for Professional Homeopaths (RSAPH) which, like the Society of Homeopaths, (of which he was formerly a member) has strict criteria and an onerous process for registration, requiring evidence of experience, continuing professional development, and a realistic ability to practise. Jonathan is currently Chair of the Association.

Many people consult Jonathan for homoeopathic treatment. He finds that a knowledge of Chinese medicine enormously enhances his understanding of homeopathic medicine, and vice versa.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

He studied Chinese herbal medicine at courses run by Ted Kaptchuk and Giovanni Maciocia in London in the 1980s.

Herbs can help immunity and reduce ill effects from antibiotics

Herbs to strengthen immunity vs ill-effects of antibiotics

He also did the course in Chinese Herbal medicine run by the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, England, graduating (DipCHM) in 2003. His knowledge of Chinese medicine enables him to explain health and illness to patients and to write this website.


Good nutrition is vital for health. Jonathan lectured on this for 25 years, explaining food not only from its scientific basis but from the energetic perspective derived from Chinese medicine.


Until 2007 Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott represented Age Concern Scotland on Foodaware, the Consumers’ Food Group, which was set up to coordinate the broad UK consumer movement’s work on food safety, nutrition and standards.

Its mission was to give UK consumers a strong voice on food policy by bringing together the organisations that represent them.

It also consulted and supported the UK consumer representatives on food related committees and furthered the public understanding of science.

Pilot Studies with the Faculty of Medicine, Edinburgh University

From 2004 – 2007 he assisted Edinburgh University Faculty of Medicine in pilot modules for third and fourth year medical students who were interested in observing complementary medicine in action.

Birth of Jonathan's (this) website

Emails to patients explaining the details of every treatment turned out to be very time-consuming!

Eventually, the penny dropped and he started putting down on this website explanations for how Chinese medicine explains many modern health problems.

As time went by, some of the pages he’d written became very popular with enquirors worldwide. From the pages most visited Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott was able to see which subjects were most interesting.

From that came various books which readers seemed to like …

Then the books …

People visit this website from all over the world, many thousands of them. He receives enquiries on health matters regularly, and does his best to reply to them.

People consult him in person at his clinic (originally in Edinburgh and now in East Lothian in Ormiston) but also by telephone or video from anywhere, (though not yet from Space).

For example, Skype and Zoom-type consultations have been done with people from many countries including Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, North America, Thailand and the UK.

He also gives talks and lectures.

He still writes: there’s usually a book on the go! Podcasts of them are planned and more short videos too.


To book an appointment in person in his Ormiston, East Lothian clinic, please click on 

or ring Jonathan directly at 07950 012501.

How to reach Ormiston:

    • Bus: Lothian bus 113 goes to Ormiston, half-hourly. Alight outside the Co-op and walk due West along Main street for about 150 metres until you see the War Memorial on the right, just before George St. 1 Cockburn Halls is behind the War Memorial.
    • Parking your car in Ormiston is easy. Plenty of local spaces in roads nearby, and it’s free!