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About Five Element Acupuncture

A brief description of Classical Five Element acupuncture.

Many types of Acupuncture

5 element cycleThere are many types of acupuncture and each one can be effective in the right context. I practise Five Element Acupuncture but keep in touch with other styles. 

I chose this style because I believe it is very complete in its understanding of the nature of human beings. This allows me to help patients in very profound ways.

This acupuncture method also works closely with nature and the natural cycles of life. Hence it stimulates the inate ability of our bodies to heal and allows the patient to participate in the healing process.

The Elements

Classical Five Element  is thought to have has its base in ancient acupuncture theory from the period of around 200 BC.  It was at this time that the idea of the Elements and their corresponding character types is first thought to have surfaced. The Five Elements -- Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood -- represent a central aspect of this ancient energetic tradition. Each of the Elements represents a distinct “quality” of the Qi energy as it cycles through nature and the seasons, and through our own lives.

When the energies of the Five Elements are functioning harmoniously, we feel healthy, nourished and fully alive. When the elements move out of balance, we may feel a reduced sense of wellbeing, and we may develop symptoms of various sorts. Symptoms can  show up not just in our body but also in our mind, our emotions and in our spirit.

The Treatment Principle

The elements group our body energy into five distinct areas. Early in life or perhaps even in the womb, one of these elements will become the weakest of the group. This weakness will cause health problems to surface in later years and reduce the quality of life. The practitioner will establish which this distressed element is at the first consultation and will begin to help revive it. In this way, the Five Element method gives constant attention to the root causes of imbalances and disease. This results in the patient regaining their health and being able to enjoy life again.

"Classical Five-Element Acupuncture really works, both to alleviate symptoms and to confer a direct experience of health. Patients experience improvement, often enormous improvement, in well-being, clarity of mind, openness of heart, and in ease of being. Anything that can be said about how and why Classical Five-Element Acupuncture works is insufficient to capture the experience that it works."  The Worsley Institute

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