Fabienne - Five Element Acupuncture

My name is Fabienne Boué-Bigne,
I am a fully qualified traditional acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council

I trained in traditional Chinese medicine later in life.  Having experienced the benefits that acupuncture treatments could bring to my health, quite soon I became curious to understand how this system of medicine worked. 

I hold a Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture (Distinction), which is a three-year degree level qualification.  The course delivered by The Acupuncture Academy, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, is one of the few acupuncture courses accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board in the UK.  It provides an extensive training in not only the various facets of Chinese medicine but also covers relevant and important aspects of Western medicine and Research.

Holding a Doctorate in Chemistry and having a career in scientific research and development, adopting the thoughts and understanding of traditional Chinese medicine felt as if opening the door to a more holistic world than that of discipline-specific scientific research.  The combination of both these worlds not only widens perspectives but is also very rewarding!

I enjoy treating people coming from all horizons, each with their own particular situations, health conditions and desires for improvement.  It is a real pleasure to practice this ancient and elegant medicine and see my patients benefiting from it in many different ways, whether physically, mentally, emotionally or a combination of them.

The acupuncture clinic


Clinic_Bramley_Surrey_1Tanglewood Clinic is a purpose built acupuncture clinic that was set-up and owned by Susan Thorne who practiced Five Element acupuncture for 25 years and is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council.  

The clinic is on the grounds of Tanglewood Farm and is surrounded by beautiful Surrey countryside.  It is located a couple of miles south of Guildford, on a quiet lane between Shalford and Bramley.  Free parking is available just by the clinic providing easy access.

Regulatory bodies

The British Acupuncture Council is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. It is a member-led organisation, governed by an elected Governing Board and driven by a specialist staff team.

They provide members with a wide range of services to facilitate practice and ensure the highest standards. Their responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the highest professional standards of practice for acupuncture in the UK
  • Overseeing and accrediting acupuncture education to ensure excellence in training
  • Funding evidence-based clinical research on the benefits of traditional acupuncture

As a member I am bound by the Council’s stringent Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is a government body set up to oversee statutory bodies that hold voluntary registers of health and social care professionals, such as the British Acupuncture Council.

Acupuncture in the UK is not covered by statutory regulation, and as such it was felt that distinguishing between acupuncturists who had undertaken short courses, and those that had undertaken more extensive study, was of interest to members of the general public looking for high standards of care.  The British Acupuncture Council was an early member of the Professional Standards Authority’s ‘Accredited Voluntary Register’, which recognises the fact that they maintain high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct among members.

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