Acupuncture originated in China over five thousand years ago. That it is still being practiced speaks to the truth of the principles upon which it is based. The traditional Five-Element Acupuncture is a living tradition based upon natural laws and has been passed directly from teacher to student for thousands of years.
Acupuncture and this system of medicine is simple, elegant and effective. One can expect a course of treatment to alleviate symptoms and perhaps even more significantly, to confer a direct experience of health. Patients experience enormous improvement in well-being and clarity of mind.
The Law of 5 Elements underlie all creation, they are studied and utilized in the practice of Chinese Medicine as outlined in the original manuscript, The Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine, written thousands of years ago. The Law of Five Elements are therefore rooted in ancient wisdom and timeless understanding. They do not refer to physical elements alone, but to the flow of life giving energy throughout. The restoration of balance in the flow of this energy within a person can help them overcome disease, even those apparently fixed in disturbances of physical matter.
Correcting the inner imbalance that leads to illness and alleviation of symptoms without the correction of this inner disharmony may be of temporary benefit. However, when the root cause is addressed one experiences more lasting results, an improvement in health and more importantly in the quality of life. Acupuncture is a system of medicine that can help to heal the body at this deep level, thoroughly and precisely. Traditional Five-Element Acupuncture addresses the needs of the Body-Mind-Spirit as a whole.
Qi is the life force in all creation. Health is a function of the free, full and proper movement of qi. It empowers or motorizes our physical bodies. It also drives and enables our minds to function properly. For those trained in Five-Element Acupuncture, the quality of qi can be perceived and measured. Acupuncture works by making adjustments in the vital qi energy. The qi flows in the body through our organs and twelve paired meridian pathways. These meridian pathways relate to the twelve Organs, which in turn relate to the Five Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.