Introduction to Five Element Acupuncture
is Five Element Acupuncture?
The Origins of Five Element
How Does it Work?
What Illnesses can Five
Element Acupuncture Treat?
How Many Treatments are
Who Can Receive Five Element
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element Acupuncture treats illness by placing fine
stainless steel needles in specific points on the body in
order to balance energy meridians.
The Origins of Five
Five Element Acupuncture is classical Chinese acupuncture
developed in China nearly 5,000 years ago. It spread to
Korea and Taiwan and Japan and to Europe through the
influence of Jesuit priests in the nineteenth century. It
has been practised in England for over 50 years and most
recently translated and taught by professor J.R. Worsley.
How Does it
The mechanism of action of acupuncture is unknown.
According to classical Chinese theory man/woman exists as
an expression of the five elements: fire, earth, metal,
water and wood. This theory is based on the simple
observation of nature, the law of co-existing opposites (yin/yang)
and the five elements. These elements manifest at a
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, creating
what we know as an "energetic" circuitry. Five
Element Acupuncture diagnoses and treats this energetic
circuitry by balancing energy pathways called meridians,
organs or "officials". These 12 "officials"
run the "kingdom" of the body/mind. After
assessing the colour, odour, emotion and sound of the
voice along with the pulse diagnosis, needles are
inserted into the body at very specific loci or locations.
This balances or harmonises the body's energy and begins
to dispel illness which is held in the body/mind as
unhealthy and often habitual patterning. Over time,
physical symptoms disperse and a deep connection to
wellness is re-established.
What Illnesses can Five Element Acupuncture Treat?
Five Element Acupuncture can help or reverse most
illnesses. As sickness is seen as energetic imbalance,
recovery is dependent on the depth of the imbalance. If
illness has gone beyond nature's capacity to heal itself,
then at best Five Element Acupuncture will both delay
deterioration and improve the quality of life.
Because Five Element Acupuncture was derived from
Shamanic and Taoist roots, it is a "ready-made"
system for supporting and directing deep personal
healing, particularly through bridging the physical /mental
realm into the transpersonal. For those who are open to a
holistic frame of reference, Five Element Acupuncture
offers considerable help at modulating pain, penetrating
to its core and releasing and potentially transforming
Treatments are Needed?
Treatments are started twice weekly for 2-3 weeks, then
as often as is required to maintain balance. Optimally,
people are treated once at every season change.
Can Receive Five Element
Treatment with Five Element Acupuncture is applicable to
all ages and there are no contraindications to treatment.
Children can be treated painlessly by tapping the
indicated acupuncture points with a special cluster-pointed
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