Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Acupuncture is a unique system of health care. It has been used in China and Asia for thousands of years, and is now becoming increasingly popular in the west as an effective way to restore health and equilibrium in body mind and spirit.
- Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial whether you are experiencing specific symptoms of ill health and want to get better or as a preventative measure for maintaining general health and wellbeing.
- The focus of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment is based on the unique person and looks at symptoms in relation to you and your lifestyle.
- Acupuncture addresses the underlying root cause of a condition. As well as relieving the symptoms, this approach has a more long term effect.
How does Five Element Acupuncture work?
When vital energy Qi (Vital energy) flows smoothly throughout the whole body, nourishing and supporting healthy function, we feel well and have good health. However, many causes both internal and external can prevent that from happening such as poor diet, repeated emotional patterns and stress, over exertion, trauma, to name just a few.
The insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points along the meridian pathways, stimulates and regulates the flow of qi (vital energy). This in turn, clears blocked, weak, and imbalanced qi in the meridian channels and helps to re-establish the circulation of energy which nourishes and revitalises body functions, clears and calms the mind and emotions.
- Health is seen as a positive natural function of adaption, whereby the body/mind is able respond to challenge and to uphold overall health and equilibrium, be resistant to disease and come back to a state of health quickly.
- Disease is viewed as an out of balance state, a move away from the harmony of life caused by internal or external influences.
- Symptoms of pain and illness are seen as signals of imbalance.
- The aim of acupuncture treatment is to help restore body and mind to a state whereby healing will optimally occur.
The five elements are used as a diagnostic tool which views human beings as connected to nature and not separate.
As in nature, the five elements are expressed in our bodies and mind. This is a reflection of how we are connected to all things, as the elements work in nature, so they work within us. By diagnosing the correspondences of the five elements within a patient, the practitioner has a wonderful tool to help restore harmony and balance.