John Tindall


John Tindall

“In walking the path of this life’s journey, we come to know ourselves a little better. Through all of life’s transitions we seek to attain health and happiness. To be loved and love others. To be able to participate in life’s rich tapestry and contribute towards the overall balance, leaving something meaningful and of value behind for future generations.”
John Tindall

Special interests

  • Acute and chronic health problems
  • The most challenging areas of healthcare
  • Teaching and sharing knowledge - helping people to help others
  • Transforming lives through the practice of Qi Gong.

John has cultivated a clinical practice and teaching format that are uniquely eclectic, drawing upon a rich source of both personal and clinical experience from diverse locations such as Native American Indian Reservations and remote tribes in the Amazon and the Andes - to Western medical healthcare units across the UK, USA and Europe.

John teaching Qi Gong in Ecuador

In all these places, John’s work has been gratefully received and appreciated, calling upon the best and most appropriate use of Traditional Natural Medicine.

The art of weaving the balance of ‘healing’ tools to maintain equilibrium and breakthrough to recovery and wellbeing, where possible, is seen in the life evidence of those who experience that journey in the care of John’s hands.


  • Trained and qualified in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in London, with continuous postgraduate studies in China and the USA (1984 – 1990)
  • Trained and qualified as a physiotherapist at West Middlesex University Hospital (1983).


  • Founder & Director, Yuan Clinic & Traditional Medicine College, where John specialises in cancer, leukemia and other acute and chronic diseases (2000 – current)
  • Pioneered multibed clinic programmes for remote tribes in the Amazon and Andes – a project partly funded by UNICEF (2009)
  • Founded the Gateway Clinic and its Chairman for 12 years. Responsible for developing the UK’s first full-time Natural Healthcare Service on the NHS (Lambeth Community Care NHS Trust). During this time, John specialised mostly in HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (1985 – 2000)
  • In 1985 John worked with Dr Michael Smith at the Lincoln Clinic in the South Bronx, and at the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where he specialised in acupuncture for detoxification and substance misuse.
  • Upon his return to the UK, John introduced the NADA protocol  (auricular acupuncture for detoxification and substance misuse) into the UK, and is the founder of NADA UK.

Qi Gong 

John has had a special interest in Qi Gong, in its various forms, from an early age and utilises the practice into his daily life.

John teaches the Hua Gong form of medical Qi Gong, as developed by Master, Zhixing Wang. This form of Qi Gong is highly effective in promoting general wellbeing, self-healing, and both spiritual and personal development.

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Welcome to The Yuan Clinic & Traditional Medicine College

Filming & Production Sylvie Collier

Interview  David Tindall


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Importance of bees, and why we need to care

After 20 years of beekeeping – inspired, he says, by Sherlock Holmes’s decision to take it up in retirement – Tim Lovett remains as fascinated by bees as ever. “The more time you spend with bees, the more you get drawn into their amazing world: the way they organise themselves, control themselves, and what they’re responsible for,” he says.

“Just think about your breakfast; if there were no bees, there would be no orange juice on your table, there would be no jam, no honey. I’ve been to China, to Szechuan, where the bee population was wiped out, and you see men on ladders there using paintbrushes to pollinate the fruit trees. Can you imagine the cost of our food if we had to do that all ourselves? You’d only be able to afford half an olive on a pizza, and the mozzarella – which comes from cows raised on [bee-pollinated] alfalfa – would be absolutely prohibitive.”

For the last few years, Lovett and the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) have been successfully raising awareness of the dangers currently facing the UK’s honeybees. “We’re not facing the same losses as they’re seeing in the States, where some bee farms are losing 60-70% of their stock in one year. Here, we’re seeing a steady, incremental decline: 30% a couple of winters ago, 20% last year and 14% this year. That may seem to be improving, but in fact 14% is still a big loss. In a more typical year, you’d expect about 5% loss, maybe as much as 10%.”

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Why Zinc is Important

How important is zinc to our bodies and what happens if we don’t get enough of it?

Along with calcium and iron, zinc is probably the most important mineral to the human body.

A zinc deficiency can cause, or certainly exacerbate, everything from acne to diabetes. This is because zinc is needed by the body to make insulin (the hormone that regulates glucose levels in the blood), eliminate harmful toxins, and to maintain a healthy immune system.

Zinc helps regulate the body’s metabolism. 

Men especially should give real thought to this essential mineral because their zinc levels are depleted every time they have sex due to the very high concentration of zinc in sperm.

Zinc is contained in a wide range of foods but the richest sources are meat (lamb in particular), oats, eggs, nuts and oysters.

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BBC Documentary – Science of Acupuncture

Amazing documentary on the benefits of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture more effective for knee osteoarthritis

Acupuncture more effective for knee osteoarthritis

Acupuncture should be considered to be one of the most effective treatments for short-term alleviation of knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA), according to a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies by UK authors. This type of meta-analysis is gaining popularity among clinicians, as it allows comparison between multiple interventions that have been used to treat the same condition, even if there has not been a ‘head-to-head’ comparison in the original studies. Data suitable for analysis came from 114 trials covering 22 different treatment modalities and 9,709 patients. Eight interventions, including acupuncture, were found to result in statistically significant reductions in pain, compared with standard care.

Read more – Journal of Chinese Medicine:

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Qi Gong improves quality of life in breast cancer patients

Qi Gong May Improve Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients


Several studies on integrative therapies, such as acupuncture and yoga, suggest they may help reduce certain side effects and increase well-being in patients with cancer. A recent study published in the journal Cancer examined the mind-body practice of qi gong and found the technique could improve quality of life in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

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Reishi Mushrooms as Remedy?

Reishi Mushrooms as Remedy?


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Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure

Treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion can lead to better chances of a successful pregnancy for women who have had previous IVF failures. Brazilian researchers carried out a prospective randomised controlled trial with 84 patients who had experienced at least two unsuccessful IVF attempts. The patients were randomised to either a no-treatment control group, a sham acupuncture (needling at eight non-acupuncture points) group or a verum acupuncture plus moxibustion (needling at 12 points, moxibustion at nine points) group. Acupuncture was performed on the first and seventh day of stimulation, on the day before egg collection and on the day after embryo transfer. The clinical pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was found to be significantly higher than that of either the control or sham groups (35.7% vs 7.1% vs 10.7%). (Influence of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilisation when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial.

Source: The Journal of Chinese Medicine


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Letter to Editor NY Times

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times

“Really” (March 12) concludes that the effects of acupuncture on hay fever may be short-lived. My experience is different.

In 1977, after lifelong allergies to grass, pets and house dust, I did a series of acupuncture sessions over 10 weeks. The relief was immediate and has lasted. Whether coincidence, placebo or causal, I know that being able to walk in the library stacks again without falling asleep was most welcome for this college professor.

Source: New York Times

John Merriam
Santa Monica, Calif.

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