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Meet The Complementary Medicine Centre Team

Ruth Chappell

Ruth Chappell

Ruth qualified as a Registered General Nurse, Health Visitor, Reflexologist, Aromatherapist and Acupuncturist working within the NHS for many years before founding the Complementary Medicine Centre in 1986.

Ruth is co-director and co-founder of the Complementary Medicine Centre, Principal of the Scottish College of Complementary Medicine and Chairman of the Association of Medical Aromatherapists and Reflexologists.

The projects which she focalised at Ruchill Hospital, Woodside Health Centre and the Overbridge Centre, were among the first Scottish initiatives to offer complementary therapies within an NHS framework. The Ruchill Hospital project saw the bodywork therapies being used with HIV positive and AIDS patients, the Woodside Health Centre project allowed GP's to offer massage and reflexology in a busy, inner city health centre and at the Overbridge Centre, aromatherapy became an important therapeutic tool with patients suffering from multiple-sensory deprivation, many of the latter being both deaf and blind.

Ruth has now become one of Scotland's leading experts on fertility health using acupuncture, reflexology, massage and related therapies.

Ruth qualified as an acupuncturist in 1990 with the British College of Acupuncture and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.


Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming qualified as a homeopath in 1998; he is registered with the Alliance of Registered Homoeopaths and the British Institute of Homoeopathy. Brian is Co-director and Co-founder of the Complementary Medicine Centre, Vice Principal of the Scottish College of Complementary Medicine and the Secretary of the Association of Medical Aromatherapists.

He was one of the founders of Connections Alternative Health Exhibitions and Connections Magazine and was the founding editor of Circles magazine. He is the author of 3 books Green Fax, The Holistic Handbook and Tenement Ashrams. Currently he is working on his second novel, provisionally titled "The Road to Tuam".

For many years he ran Uroborous Books, a successful rare/antiquarian book business which specialised in philosophy, psychology, alchemy, early science and medicine.

He has a particular interest in Indian and Chinese thought and has practiced Bhakti Yoga for more than 20 years.