All forms of acupuncture derive ultimately from Chinese traditional health practices. The ancient Chinese knew that natural cycles and elements controlled their lives, from the fiery heat of summer to the cold and dark of winter, and viewed the human body, mind and spirit as having energetic correspondences to the larger world around them.
Five Element Acupuncture takes an approach to diagnosis and treatment, which emphasizes this link between the elements in Nature and their correspondences in the human body. Symptoms are regarded as a manifestation of an imbalance of the elements, and the diagnosis and treatment are oriented toward finding this imbalance and bringing it into harmony at all levels within the person.
Five Element Acupuncture recognizes the same meridians of qi energy as in TCM-style acupuncture, and points located on those meridians are utilized in treatment. Sterile disposable needles are employed. A typical treatment involves pre-warming each point prior to needle insertion by burning a Chinese herb called moxa.
Many patients feel very relaxed after their treatment, but others who started out fatigued often feel energized. Five Elements style treatments are an excellent way to support healing and enhance wellness.