Chinese medicine is the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine in the world. This medical system’s written literature about the healing arts of traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are more than 3000 years old. One can say that modern Western and Traditional Chinese Medicines are the two dominant medical systems in the world today.
The medical effectiveness of acupuncture has gained considerable attention and respect in the United States over the past 35 years. At the same time, a new model for health is emerging that is more aware of the intimate and powerful connection between body, mind, and spirit. These interconnections are integral to acupuncture theory. Acupuncture treatment allows the natural healing process to unfold. Even though acupuncture is an ancient tradition, it can address many of the manifestations of illness in our modern society (please see Treatment page or request my E-Book on the Home Page).
Five Element Acupuncture
Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture theories are based on an understanding of the cyclical flow of vital energy -- also known as Qi -- in the world of nature and in ourselves. The Five Elements -- Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water -- represent a central aspect of this ancient energetic tradition. Each of the Elements represents a distinct “quality” of the Qi energy as it cycles through nature and the seasons, and through our own lives.
The element Fire, for example, is associated with qualities such as the warmth of Summer, the color red, rising or expanding energy, joy, laughter and a scorched odor. Each of the Elements has its own distinct associations. Each has an important role to play in everything we do, think and feel. The extent to which we live according to their natural laws is the extent to which we live in health. When the energies of the Five Elements are functioning in harmony and balance within ourselves, we feel healthy, nourished and fully alive. When the elements move out of balance, we may feel a reduced sense of well-being, and we may develop various symptoms. Symptoms can and do show up at any level- not just in our body, but also in our mind, in our emotions or in our spirit.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest continuously practiced healing systems in the world. This system of medicine is very effective in restoring and monitoring health. Five Element Acupuncture is based on laws of nature which describe the flow of life energy as it manifests in nature, such as seasonal changes, and within human beings.
The Chinese call this energy Qi, and have mapped out its flow through our bodies along specific pathways called meridians. When our Qi is full and flowing, we experience health. When our Qi is obstructed or imbalanced, illness and pain can occur. The symptoms we experience are signals that we need to take measures to restore balance. Acupuncture treatments help us return to balance and, when appropriate, can be combined with medical treatments, psychotherapy, and lifestyle adjustments for optimized health benefits.