Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Classical Five Element Acupuncture was brought to the West in the 1950’s by an Englishman, Professor J.R. Worsley, who was universally acknowledged as the father and master teacher of Five Element Acupuncture. Five Element Acupuncture’s goal is to achieve health through the integration of the Spirit, Mind and Body, by finding the underlying cause of the Chi (vital energy) imbalance, then restoring that balance in order to affect a complete cure and return the person to a state of good health.
Illness occurs when the Chi is out of balance and only when chi is restored to balance, nature is enabled to restore the body to health. Five elements works in harmony with nature to promote your health and it is the classical method of acupuncture handed down orally from master to student. The differing qualities of Qi expressed in the cycle of the seasons serve as a model for understanding how the five element manifest in a person.
According to Classical Five Element Acupuncture pain is nothing more than a distress signal telling you that something is going wrong. Those signals vary from person to person, from headaches, to arthritis, to migraines, to bronchitis, to depression and more. An easy way of understanding this concept is thinking about a car with a blinking light telling you is time to change the oil, that is your signal to stop and service the car. However you could take the bulb out and the car would continue running, then miles down the road the car stops and now you have a blown engine. It’s the same thing with our bodies, when we get that signal that something is going wrong so we have to stop and find out what is causing the distress. Five Element Acupuncture is the equivalent to that regular service and tune up.
The Chinese noticed over 2000 years ago that disease is just not of the body, but also of the mind and of the spirit. Five elements Acupuncturist is trained in understanding natural laws and using these to diagnose, assist the body, mind and spirit to move back into full health. The Classical Acupuncture is a simple method that explains how the Chinese first saw disease. We have 10 organs and 2 functions in our bodies and when these organs and functions are working in harmony to each other, it is impossible for a person to be sick. Every disease known is simply a result of one or more organs not functioning as they are suppose to.
The five element practitioner will look for disharmony in the energy of the body through various ways. They will look for blocks between the acupuncture meridians which are suppose to flow like rivers around the body and look for which of the 5 elements is the weakest and how that effects the person as a whole. Unfortunately in the west, many people turn to Acupuncture only when their disease is long-standing and Western medical therapies have been less than successful.
The five Elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood
Which one are you?
Is the element of summer and is associated with the emotion of joy. Fire people love to reach out and be in relationship with all people. They enjoy to laugh and sometimes they carry a sadness or lack of joy deeper in themselves.
Is the element of late summer and is associated with the emotion of sympathy. Earth people have the ability to nourish like a mother can nourish a child. Food and understanding is very important to them. Sometimes they feel a sense of emptiness or neediness in their own life.
Is the element of winter and is associated with the emotion fear. Water people have a persistence and determination and will often excel in situations that others find too scary. Sometimes they might hide a deep sense of being frozen or washed away by their fear.
Is the element of autumn and is associated with the emotion of grief. Metal people search for what is pure and spiritual. They set the highest standards for themselves and others and respect is very important to them. Sometimes they live a sense of what could have been.
Is the element of spring and is associated with the emotion anger. Wood people excel or have trouble in planning, decisions, and action. The future and their ability to see it can be their strength. When out of balance they may procrastinate or have a sense of no hope.
Did you know?
The World Organization and the National Institute of Health have declared acupuncture to be suitable for treating a wide range of health concerns.
According to a nationwide survey of Acupuncture users by Claire M. Cassidy, Ph.D.:
Improvement of symptoms after Acupuncture treatment
Said they see their MD's less
Said they use fewer prescription drugs