Classical Five Element Acupuncture

What is it?

Acupuncture has been used effectively for over two thousand years in many parts of Asia and is one of the oldest systems of medicine currently in use. Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing which focuses on the whole person, addressing imbalances in the body, mind and spirit.  It is a complete system of healing providing patients with a substantive and effective means of regaining balance on all levels.  This medicine helps us to reclaim our birthright of health and vitality helping to bring the patient to their full potential.

How does Five Element Acupuncture work?

According to ancient Chinese philosophy living things are animated with chi or life force In humans this chi energy follows certain pathways called meridians. Acupuncture addresses imbalances by assessing the flow of chi thru points on these meridians. In Five Element Acupuncture the diagnostic tool known as a Causitive Factor is a fundamental instrument which is indicative of the root cause or imbalance present in the body. This causative factor is assessed by way of objective information provided by the body itself.  Imbalances can manifest in many ways and the practitioner uses this feedback and integrates this information to assess the overall health of the individual's body, mind and spirit to fully understand the root cause of the disease or imbalance.  And, no two individuals are treated the same.

How to Begin?

The initial visit is a process which takes about two hours and is an essential piece of the healing process. Subsequent visits are roughly one hour long. When you make the decision to begin treatments we schedule a diagnostic exam. The first visit starts with an extensive interview in your personal and medical history and a non-invasive physical exam. By getting to know your history and state of body/mind this enables me to develop a strategy of treatment that is personal, focused and effective.

The Chinese observed nature and saw that there are five elements that make up the world. Each of these elements has their characteristics and gifts that they bring to life. Fire represents summer; earth, late summer; metal, fall; water, winter; wood, spring. Each of these elements feeds and nourishes the next. If there is an imbalance in one it will affect all the elements. If the summer is cold and damp late summer will not reap the benefits of an abundant harvest. In the autumn there will be no leaves or fruits to fall to the earth to enrich our soils. The ensuing winter the soils will have no reserves to nourish the new growth in the spring.