Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Theory is an integral part of Chinese philosophy found in variety of disciplines that emphasizes balance, interconnection and transformation. Five-Element Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to wellness that is focused on the individual rather than just treating specific symptoms. It is a unique system of medicine that diagnoses and treats the root cause of an illness while also optimizing health and well-being.
The five elements of Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal are concepts used to understand the individual in order to create a customized healthcare plan that addresses both the physical and emotional causes of any particular condition. It is not uncommon for patients to receive multiple benefits from an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture points are found on energy pathways called meridians. Meridians run the length of our body carrying vital energy called Qi (pronounced 'chi'). Meridians, like rivers, flow and connect different aspects of the body. When healthy, rivers flow freely and evenly, but meridians, like rivers, can become stagnant or out of balance and may need help to regain their natural flow. Acupuncture treatments restore the proper flow of energy throughout the body to establish a more balanced system. When the body is in balance it is easier for the healing process to begin.
As a practitioner, I have seen Five Element Acupuncture succeed where others approaches have failed. One example involves a patient suffering from severe acid reflux for over five months. From difficulty sleeping to a persistent pain in her throat, the condition had become extremely debilitating and generated considerable anxiety and fear over a variety of issues including diet, sleep and work. After exhausting all of her other options, she came to my practice.
Since a Five-Element consultation involves both a physical examination and an analysis of a person’s overall lifestyle, I found there were a number of different issues contributing to her condition. Her system and elements were out of balance. The series of acupuncture treatments I prescribed not only caused her symptoms to subside, but they also resulted in deeper sleep, a reduction in anxiety and a greater sense of well-being. Her system and elements were back in balance. Generally 3 to 5 sessions are required, taking 20-30 min per session.
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