Five Element Acupuncture is based upon the elements in nature–wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of us have all of the elements within us. If one is thrown off balance, the body compensates by asking another element to work harder. If this overworking/under–working dynamic goes on for too long, the body becomes exhausted in its attempt to remain balanced. Eventually, illness results. Illness, be it on the physical, emotional, spiritual or mental level, is only an indicator–the body’s way of asking for assistance. Five Element Acupuncture uses the creation and control cycles of the elements to achieve balance on all levels. As a patient of Five Element Acupuncture, you will delve deeply into yourself, addressing the root of imbalance and opening the door to a healthful image of yourself as you are–perfect, complete.
Very thin acupuncture needles are inserted just under the skin to stimulate qi (pronounced chee). Qi is life energy-the electricity of the body, which moves from fingertips to toes, from the bones to skin. Qi can become blocked, stagnant, excessive or depleted. Acupuncture helps to restore the natural flow of qi to balance the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Each of the five elements is related to an organ system within the body–each organ has its own related meridian, or energy channel, within the body. Through diagnosis and pulse-taking, the acupuncturist tunes into how the systems are working and evaluates the qi quality and content throughout the body. With this information, a treatment of specific points is given to assist the body in re-balancing itself.
One of the oldest forms of healing in the world, acupuncture is a safe, natural and drug-free health care system. Based on the central tenet that the body must be in balance to function at its peak, acupuncture addresses the flow of energy (called chi) throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. When this energy is flowing smoothly, the body is in balance and good health ensues. When the flow of energy is blocked, illness may result.
Acupuncture is the careful insertion of sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles in exact points that relate to specific body functions along these meridians. This balances the energy flow and allows the body to begin its own healing process. Regular acupuncture promotes vitality and creates a strong source of energy for daily living.
According the Federal Drug Administration, Americans visit acupuncturists nine to twelve million times a year. Among the numerous health organizations that recognize the benefits of acupuncture, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many conditions.