James McNeill

James McNeill graduated from the NSW College of Natural Therapies in Sydney after four years full time training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including internship training in Hangzhou, China in 1984.

After settling into practice in Subiaco, Perth he moved to New Zealand with his partner Jacqui, also an acupuncturist, with their young daughter Elana. In 1990 they together opened Napier Acupuncture Clinic and had two more children together, Kimberly and Daniel.

Along with establishing a busy practice, James and Jacqui became involved with promoting TCM as a profession through their work with AcupunctureNZ. At that stage acupuncture was in its infancy in this country. After seeing how this ancient medicine was used successfully at the forefront of the medical system in China, there was a lot of work to be done to see its full potential utilized here.

Acupuncture's popularity has grown rapidly in New Zealand over the last three decades. James was firstly Education Officer of AcupunctureNZ, then its Vice President and finall President from 1995-97. During this time he was the AcupunctureNZ's representative on the New Zealand Qualification Authority's Acupuncture Advisory Board.

As past-President, James was a Council member for AcupunctureNZ until 2004. From 2001 until 2004 he was appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health. Their task was to provide the Minister of Health with advice on possible ways complementary medicines such as acupuncture and TCM could be incorporated into the New Zealand health system.

James was contributing author to David Bell's Spirit of Nature published in 2004. In 2005 they together won the Ashton Wylie Book Award in Auckland. James is also a singer, guitarist and songwriter. He has a keen interest in Chinese philosophy and regularly practises Qigong and mindfulness meditation to support his TCM practice.

With three grown children, James continues to write songs and feels humbled and grateful for all the people he has been able to help throughout his career. He is also keenly aware that he has only scratched the surface of the vast amount of knowledge accumulated through over five thousand years of TCM practice.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice of placing very fine needles at specifc points in the body to facilitate healing. It has been used by the Chinese for over 2,000...



Acupuncture is a safe, drug free method to successfully treat many condititons. People can often become used to suffering from conditions that they do ...


Conditions treated

After a thourough investigation using both traditional Chinese and modern methods a treatment stategy will be decided upon and the most appropriate...