|16th October 2021|
Five Element Acupuncture is an effective and unique system of medicine that diagnoses and treats the underlying cause of disease. The ancient Chinese observed how the elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water, create life's natural order. When these five elements manifest within us in a balanced and harmonious state, we experience health, wellbeing and the joy of being alive. If the Five Elements within us are not in balance we can manifest disease, emotional upset or ailments such as headaches, skin disturbances and aches and pains of seemingly unknown origin.
Each of the Five Elements relate to everything in the universe, including us!
WoodWood relates to Spring, the colour green, the emotion of anger, to sour flavours, to windy weather, to the eyes and vision, planning and decision making and to ligaments and tendons.
FireThe Fire Element relates to summer, the emotion of joy, to bitter flavours, hot climate, the tongue, communication and blood vessels.
EarthThe Earth Element relates to late summer, yellow, humidity, the mouth,transformation and muscles.
MetalThe Metal Element relates to autumn, the colour white, the emotion of grief, spicy flavours, dry climate, the nose, inspiration and letting go and the skin.
WaterThe Water Element relates to winter, blue/black, the emotion fear, salty flavour, cold climate, the ears, willpower and bones.
DiagnosisWhen a Five Element Acupuncturist sees a patient, they look at which element the person seems most comfortable in, which element is their strongest and weakest link. We are all made up of the Five but one is most prominent. This is known as the Causative Factor - it makes us who we are and often explains our behaviour.
If I were to meet a person who was very sad sounding, even though they said there was nothing wrong I would look at their Metal element. It is rarely simple as each element affects the others, Water can put out Fire or Fire could melt Metal for example.
Acupuncture is about creating and maintaining balance and each treatment is tailored specifically to each patient. Treating the cause of disease rather than symptoms aims to bring about positive and permanent change. Results will depend on many factors including the nature, severity and length of time you have had the condition. A course of five treatments is normally recommended but this varies from person to person, some may need fewer sessions whilst others may need treatment for several months.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
Acupuncture doesn't actually treat symptoms it treats the individual so anybody can have acupuncture whether they are trying to regain health or maintain health. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other forms of medicine. Acupuncture is an effective way of helping to detox the body and help get back to balance following addiction to alcohol, drugs or smoking.
In Five Element Acupuncture I use very fine needles and aim to use as few needles as possible. Some needles may be left in place for some minutes but more oftne than not they are inserted and then removed immediately. I may use moxa during treatments. Moxa is a dried herb called mugwort. Moxa is used to warm the acupuncture points before needling or used alone it has a tonifying effect on the body.
Five Element Acupuncture assists the natural flow of Qi or energy through the body and enables a person to return to a balanced energetic state. Many factors can influence the flow of Qi, emotions such as grief, anger, anxiety or stress, physical injury or infections and even our environment such as damp or draughty conditions can be a cause of imbalance. When our energy flows freely we feel mentally and physically better. Acupuncture is very effective getting to the root of illness rather than looking at individual symptoms. I use fine needles and a gentle technique to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
In ancient times acupuncture was used as a preventative medicine with practitioners only being paid when their patients were well! Today many of us spend more on our cars than we do on ourselves. We MOT and service them each year to prevent them breaking down yet we expect to run and run with very little maintenance. The ancient Chinese likened waiting for symptoms of disease to appear before getting treatment like “Forging your weapons when the battle has already begun or digging a well when you are already dying of thirst,” in other words you’re leaving it a bit late!
Alongside acupuncture I am trained in cupping and Gua Sha treatments that release stagnant blood and Qi and can relieve pain and stiffness and also auricular acupuncture which is effective for treating addictions such as drug, alcohol and tobacco.
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