The Five Element Acupuncture system of medicine has been practiced in China and surrounding areas for over five thousand years. It has been effectively employed for treating both constitutional and specific ailments by treating a person’s constitution.
A truly holistic system of medicine, refined over millenia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on the other hand focuses more on addressing symptomatic issues, to maintain good health and address specific problems.
Five Element Acupuncture observes that every organism and system, including ourselves are made from the five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood. It is understood that all elements are found in every body but each individual will have a predominant Constitutional Factor or CF and by nourishing the CF the whole person can come back into balance, addressing mental, emotional and physical imbalances. TCM was first brought to the West in the middle of the 20th Century and has grown in popularity to become complementary to many other therapeutic practices and has been included under the National Health Service. Both TCM and Five Element Acupuncture encompass the insertion of very fine gold or stainless steel needles (thinner than a human hair) into specific points found along energetic lines of the body, called meridians or channels. In 1991, The World Health Organisation proposed there to be 361 acupuncture points commonly used by practitioners, although ancient Chinese literature suggests there are over 2,000 acupuncture points located along the 20 meridians of the body.
There are twelve main channels that relate to the following organs, glands and systems as follows:
Wood organs - Liver & Gallbladder.
Fire organs / systems - Heart, Small Intestines, Triple Burner & Pericardium.
Earth organs - Stomach & Spleen.
Metal organs - Lungs & Large Intestine.
Water organs - Kidneys & Urinary bladder.
To support needling treatments the physical applications of Guasha, skin rubbing with a special tool and Cupping, vacuum suction with special glass cups, help to move lymphatic fluid, Qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood, relieving areas of stagnation. The use of moxibustion may also be applied to aid treatment, where small cones of the dried herb mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, are applied to the points to bring warmth, nourish the channels and subsequent organs.