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the needle is the person

At Five Shen, we pride ourselves in staying true to the ORIGINAL essence of and the CLASSICAL roots of this medicine. What does that mean? It means we tend to stay away from the fads, gadgets, and gizmos that show in up in various forms as the next great “cure” or the “newest, latest, and … Read more

Fire Cupping – Pt1

Fire Cupping is a technique we do a lot of in our clinic, but usually in combination with acupuncture. In Chinese medicine, as a stand alone therapy, it can be great for relieving muscle tension, other acute symptoms and is excellent as a PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE. HOWEVER, if you are dealing with an injury (new … Read more

Dry Needling – Pt 1

Recent testimony – “This is SO much different than dry needling…!” YES! YES! Soooo much YES! We will save the ‘official’ soap box talk around dry needling for another day, BUT we do feel there are some important things to note when it comes to acupuncture and dry needling: Dry Needling IS an acupuncture technique! … Read more

Choosing a Practitioner

In our very first blog post, “Why Five Element Acupuncture?” We talked ever so briefly about the differences between Five Element Acupuncture and TCM; the biggest difference aside from the approach to treatment, is within the practitioners themselves. There are some pretty significant differences between the systems and they begin with the practitioner; Five Element … Read more