Five Element Acupuncture
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The Five Elements - Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water - are the foundations of this system of medicine and are the natural spirit of Classical Acupuncture. The elements are alive both around and within us and describe the movement of life and embody all the qualities which we encounter in the Natural World.
The Ancient Chinese understood the relationship a human body has with the universe and therefore Five Element Acupuncture follows the specific principles of the seasons and the cyclic flow of life. Although its origins are ancient, it is subject to continuous review and is as beneficial today as it was to the early oriental cultures.
It is a non-invasive system of medicine, which can do no harm; indeed it frequently improves additional symptoms outside the main complaint, increasing wellbeing. The beauty of acupuncture is that it entirely compliments Western Medicine, differing only in diagnostic and clinical techniques.
How does it work?
Acupuncture can be understood on the basis of both an energetic and biomedical model of Western Medicine. It recognises the body's "Vital Energy" (Qi), which upholds all life forms. Qi is said to flow in the body's meridian lines, which circulate through tissue, muscles, organs, skin and bone.
Illness, disease or pain result from a blockage or imbalance in the flow of Qi and Acupuncture works by correcting/rebalancing this flow and triggers the body's own healing mechanism.
Conditions which can be Helped by Acupuncture