Classical Five Element Acupuncture is a powerful healing discipline based on nature. It uses the natural energies inherent in all living things to promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It restores the balance of natural energy within a person and harmonizes their relationship to the world. Treatment is individual and takes into account the marvelous complexity and potential of each person.
Originated in ancient China, acupuncture is one of the oldest medical systems in the world.
It has developed through continuous practical experience over thousands of years. Acupuncture is used by one third of the world as a primary health care system and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
Traditionally a preventative medicine, acupuncture is used to correct small imbalances before they become more serious diseases. The effect of acupuncture is not simply relief from a specific condition, but an improvement in overall well-being. It is particularly relevant for those who, while not medically ill, are aware that they are not feeling well, or out of sorts. People may benefit from treatment and the restoration of well-being without necessarily having a named illness.
A wide variety of people come for treatment ranging from children to the elderly, and many have found it extremely beneficial where other forms of treatment have been unsuccessful.
How Does It Work?
Chinese philosophy teaches that life energy, called qi (or ch’i), flows through the body in channels called meridians. When the qi in the body is abundant, of good quality and flowing freely, a person is healthy. When the qi is weak and obstructed a person becomes susceptible to disease. The symptoms of disease can manifest not only within the physical body but also in our minds and spirits.
Classical Five Element Acupuncture is a means of assessing the condition of the life energy and restoring its proper balance.
In this way symptoms can be alleviated, the cause of the problem pinpointed and corrected. This leads to a more permanent improvement than does treatment of the symptom alone.
Symptoms are distress signals, indicating that the energy is out of balance. Classical Five Element Acupuncture addresses symptoms by treating the underlying cause of the problem. Because this style of acupuncture treats the whole person, patients frequently report improvement in health problems other than those for which they entered treatment.
Classical Five Element acupuncturists evaluate a person’s state of health through a wide range of diagnostic tools, including reading the 12 energy pulses on the wrists. Acupuncture points along the meridians are then used to balance the flow of energy. Energy is brought to where it is needed and dispersed from blocked and congested areas.