accupuncture at tanglewood clinic

Susan Thorne



Tanglewood Clinic

Chinthurst Lane





t: 01483 893373

e: susanthorne@





susan thorne acupuncture guildford



susan thorne acupuncture guildford



susan thorne acupuncture guildford



susan thorne acupuncture guildford

acupucture guildford

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is traditional acupuncture? How does it work?

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific points on the body. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that the physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

  • What problems can acupuncture help?

Rather than deal with individual symptoms, as a traditional acupuncturist, I treat the whole person. Each patient is unique; two people with the same presenting symptoms may well receive different acupuncture treatments. The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. Diagnosis involves discovering where the blockages are and the use of needles in specific points stimulates the body to open up the pathways. 

  • What is involved in a treatment?

An initial consultation usually lasts about 1½ hours. As well as learning about specific symptoms and problems that you have now, I need to learn something about your lifestyle and history in order to gather information about the influences on your health of such areas as work and home and to place the problems in context. Thereafter, treatments last approximately 45 minutes.

During the course of treatment, I may suggest some alterations to your diet or lifestyle (eg exercises) that you could carry out to enhance your acupuncture treatment. These suggestions would be consistent with the overall principles of classical Chinese medicine.

  • How many treatments are necessary?

Initially, I like to see you once a week to establish a basic balance of the energy. As you feel better, so the treatments become less frequent. Some people choose to use acupuncture as preventative medicine and have a “maintenance” appointment every couple of months or so.

  • Does it hurt? What are the needles like?

The sensation produced by the acupuncture needle is sometimes described as a dull ache or sting. It lasts only a second or two and most people find it acceptable.

The needles are extremely fine: remember they do not have to carry any substances, unlike hollow hypodermic needles.

I use disposable ultra-fine sterile needles, therefore there is no danger of cross infection.

  • Does acupuncture interfere with medication?

Acupuncture has no adverse effect on medications and there is no need to stop medication before acupuncture treatment. It may be that some medications (eg sleeping tablets) can be reduced or withdrawn as treatment progresses in consultation with your GP or other medical practitioner.