Michael Baker


MICHAEL BAKER Post Grad Dip (HPE), BAc. MBAcC, Dip in Life Coaching.

Michael has made two study tours in Mainland China in 1978 and 1980, and on his return was fortunate enough to study with Professor J. R. Worsley and his inspiring team at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) in Leamington Spa. Gaining his Lic Ac in 1985 and his BAc in 1989, he became a member of CTA faculty in 2001, where he worked as head of First year studies and as a senior clinical supervisor. In 2012 he joined the faculty of The Acupuncture Academy (TAA) currently working on 1st and 2nd year teaching teams. In 2013 Michael was invited to speak at the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) conference on the topic of “The Journey from Demons to the Causative Factor”. He has written for the BAcC magazine “Acu” in July 2016, and in November 2017 published “A Chronological Journey through Chinese Medical History on the Causes of Disease”. He now shares his time teaching and working in a multidiscipline practice in Oxfordshire.

“I have known Michael Baker since 2007 when I attended The College of Traditional Acupuncture, where Michael was a tutor.

“I found Michael’s knowledge of Acupuncture and particularly the Five Elements extensive and his teaching style and friendly approach made the lectures easy to follow.

“I feel that my journey into understanding the Five Elements has been greatly enriched by the foundations set by Michael during my time at college.”

David Start Lic.Ac MBAcC

David Start Acupuncture
Thornmoor Farm
Lifton, Devon


“Michael has been and continues to be an inspirational figure and tutor in my acupuncture learning. He has an engaging teaching style and the publications he has produced, promotes great insight and provides much knowledge on the subject of Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I enjoy his writing style, his wit and most of all his wisdom. Thank You Michael.”

Ged Lodge MBAcC. LicAc. B.Phil (Ed). BA Hons.

Acupuncture at Parkwood Extra Care
Park Lane, Shropshire,
Telford. TF7 5GA



Paul AdkinsPAUL ADKINS Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, MBAcC, MCAUK

Qualified with an honours degree from the CTA Leamington College of Five Element Acupuncture and a Member of the British Acupuncture Council, Paul is a Traditional Acupuncturist practising in Truro, Cornwall, UK.

He is the Founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture; the anti ageing, non-surgical face lift and skin revitalising treatment and, since 2004, has trained acupuncturists in over 30 countries to successfully practice this treatment in their own clinics via his masterclasses, one-to-one training and online courses. As a result, there are now practitioners in the UK, Europe and as far afield as Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, US, South Africa, Israel and the Caribbean.

In December 2012, Paul was a guest speaker at the 15th National Acupuncture Association of India Conference in New Delhi and at the International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit in Tokyo in December 2016. He is the author of two books: Pocket Guide to Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application. He has written for the BAcC magazine “Acu” in 2012 and Embody magazine in 2014 and 2016.

As well as lecturing on facial acupuncture both in the UK and worldwide, Paul became a Zita West Affiliated Fertility Acupuncturist in 2008 and specialises in Zita’s comprehensive, holistic approach to achieving optimum reproductive health.


“I have known Paul for over 17 years. I studied Five Element Acupuncture with him at The College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa between 2001 and 2004. As a fellow student he was kind and compassionate, knowledgeable, hugely enthusiastic, reassuring and funny – he has a great sense of humour!

“Since graduating Paul has continued to study and develop new techniques to enhance his practice and has been extremely generous with this continued development by teaching others. I have attended some of his training courses and find them thoroughly informative, extremely professional and I have always gone on to use the techniques in my own practice with great results.

“There are becoming fewer Five Element Practitioners since The College of Traditional Acupuncture closed – this style of acupuncture is amazing, fascinating and, more importantly, it works and I am delighted that Paul is now able to carry the tradition forward, I wish him every success.”

Maddy Sharp Lic.Ac. BA(Hons), MBAcC
Acupuncture in Solihull
60 Links Drive
Solihull B91 2DL




Stacey has been the administrator and web manager for Positive Acupuncture and FACIALENHANCE® since 2009.

Gaining an honours degree in Illustration in 2001, she has many years’ experience in design. She has worked with acupuncturists to build and develop their websites, and is also the instructional designer of the long-established FACIALENHANCE® range of online courses. Stacey is using her skills to develop the blended learning aspect of the college.

As a Ba Zi (Chinese astrology) practitioner, Stacey has studied with leading authorities on the Five Elements, including Richard Ashworth, Joey Yap and David Twicken. Her knowledge of Chinese metaphysics, alongside her experience of working within the acupuncture industry, means she’s perfectly placed to provide assistance to our students throughout their diploma training.