Ian Appleyard

Ian Appleyard, LSBU

Senior Lecturer - Acupuncture

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    Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences

Ian Appleyard is the Course Director of the BSc and Integrated Masters Chinese Medicine courses.

Ian graduated with a BSc in Acupuncture from Westminster University in London in 1998. He worked as an acupuncturist in private practice in Brighton for 4 years, and spent over 3 years in China learning the language and continuing his acupuncture training. During this time Ian studied at the Shu Guan Hospital and the Meridian Research Institute, which are both in Shanghai.

In addition, Ian completed a year of postgraduate clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing (which is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a training institute for Chinese Medicine). Previously he had also studied with a private practitioner in Japan in 1996.

Prior to taking up his current post Ian worked in private practice in Kendal and taught at the Northern College of Acupuncture. He has advanced level spoken Mandarin Chinese.

Ian is the Course Director of the BSc and Integrated Masters Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture courses. He teaches Chinese medicine and supervises in the clinic. He also gives introductory lectures about acupuncture on a number of other Health School programmes.

He has a Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education (PgCHE) 2011 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, achieved December 2012.

Ian is currently undertaking a PhD. This research investigates the treatment of osteo-arthritis of the knee with acupuncture. The purpose is to ascertain whether or not additional clinical benefit can be obtained by using warm needle acupuncture. Ian has an interest in understanding the challenges of clinical research into acupuncture. His recent publication deals with the complexity of sham acupuncture procedures.

Most recent publications

Appleyard, I and Crichton, N and Robinson, N Warm Needle Acupuncture vs. Needle Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Pilot Study Protocol. European Journal of Integrative Medicine., 8. 407-413. DOI 10.1016/j.eujim.2016.07.031

Jun, JH and Choi, T-Y and Appleyard, I and Choi, J and Robinson, N and Kim, J-I and Lee, MS Warm needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis: A systematic review protocol. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 8. DOI 10.1016/j.eujim.2016.07.030

Kingsbury, SR and Corp, N and Watt, FE and Felson, DT and O'Neill, TW and Holt, CA and Jones, RK and Conaghan, PG and Arden, NK and Adams, J and Appleyard, I and Birrell, F and Blank, M and Callaghan, MJ and Cumming, J and Chapman, GJ and Halstead, J and Hamilton, DF and Hurley, M and Martin, K and Mason, DJ and Nuki, G and Redmond, AC and Reilly, K and Robinson, N and Roddy, E and Simpson, H and Smith, TO and Thomas, C and Thomas, E and Wilkinson, J and Wise, E Harmonising data collection from osteoarthritis studies to enable stratification: Recommendations on core data collection from an Arthritis Research UK clinical studies group. Rheumatology (United Kingdom), 55. 1394-1402. DOI 10.1093/rheumatology/kew201

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Member of the British Acupuncture Council 1998 – present
  • Chair of the Council of Heads of Acupuncture Courses (CHAC)
  • Member of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB)

External Examiner:

  • Leeds Trinity Lishi Diploma programme: 2012-present.

College of Traditional Acupuncture:

  • BSc (Hons) Acupuncture 2009-12


  • Panel Discussion British Acupuncture Council Conference September 2015
  • International Conference on Health, Healthcare and Eco-civilisation LSBU September 2015
  • ARRC Annual Research Symposium 2015
  • Milan University 2014
  • Panel Discussion ‘The Parts and the Whole’ at the Wellcome Trust 2014
  • Pittsburgh University, Pennsylvania 2012
  • China Institute, New York 2012
  • British Acupuncture Council Conference 2011
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