Acupuncture is one of the major modalities that constitutes Oriental Medicine. The basic underlying principle of acupuncture is an understanding of “chi”, or “life force”, an energy that courses through the entire person. When that life force is in balance health predominates. By placing acupuncture needles in various energy points in the body, a patients balance can be restored and symptoms healed through the body’s own restorative powers. There are many different forms of acupuncture, from the most ancient classical lineages to recent forms incorporating the western medical model.
Classical Five Element Acupuncture
“One of the great joys of Classical Acupuncture is that it teaches us so much about ourselves and about nature. It brings us closer to nature, closer to the real joy in life and gives us a sense of proportion.”
– Professor J. R. Worsley
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing modalities known to humankind. It originated in China over five thousand years ago. That it is still being practiced today speaks for its efficacy and for the truth of the principles upon which it is based. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is a living tradition based upon immutable natural laws. It has passed directly from teacher to student for thousands of years. By carefully observing nature and human behavior these ancient practitioners treated all form of illness and passed on their knowledge; information vital today for maintaining health as well as recovering from illness.
A Classical Five Element Acupuncturist has a deep respect for the uniqueness of each person. A patient is not seen as a collection of ailments, instead the whole person is considered. Illness can be rooted on the physical, mental or the spiritual level. A mind or spirit disturbed or agitated can cause as much suffering as the body, indeed it can be the reason the body is unwell. A Five Element Acupuncturist carefully observes the patient and determines the acupuncture points needed to restore balance at whatever the level of disease. When he applies these principles, he treats the energetic balance of the individual person and unleashes the body’s powerful potential for healing. Rather than treating the symptom in isolation, he treats the underlying imbalances that cause the disease.
He also counsels the patient on diet, exercise and life style issues that effect the patient’s health. For a Five Element Acupuncturist works with natural laws that can not be manipulated by man’s will. A return to health is a return to balance with the creative force of life itself.
Today patients seek out Five Element Acupuncture for a natural way to deal with the illness present in their lives and to learn how to address the issues that contribute to their disease. They are assured that by addressing the deeper causes of their illnesses they are strengthening and enriching their lives while protecting themselves from further disease.