Five Element Acupuncture
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” ~ Albert Einstein
The Integrity of our Approach
The traditions of our medicine are rooted in a Classical approach to this time tested medicine which is thousands of years old. The truest traditions of our medicine are rooted in the Five Elements and the belief that “In order to make all acupuncture thorough and effective one must first cure the spirit” (Su Wen, Chapter 25).
The traditions of our medicine tell us that the healing process is not just mechanical–it is not simply the placing of a needle. The most important thing for healing is the relationship between the practitioner, the spirits, and the patient. This relationship begins with the personal attitude, inner behavior, integrity and dedication to the cultivation and personal development work of the practitioner.
“It is the spirit (inner development) which enables you to make the diagnosis, choose the points, and give a feeling of rightness to the patient at a high level–without interfering with the patient’s freedom…” ~ Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee from The Practitioner-Patient Relationship: Wisdom from the Chinese Classics
Not All Acupuncture is Created Equal
While this is a complete system of medicine that continues to stand the test of time today, not all Acupuncture is created equal. During the first half of the 20th century as part of the cultural revolution in China many aspects of the medicine were abandon for a system which was shaped and molded to resemble a more Western approach to addressing illness. This modernized branch of the medicine, called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is not as ‘Traditional’ as it sounds being less than 100 years old. It is this system of TCM which is not only predominant in China today but also within the United States. TCM takes a more symptomatic approach to addressing illness, an approach that is very similar to the pharmaceutical industry that we have come to know today here in the west.
Five Element Acupuncture is different. The Five Element model is rooted in the classical taoist approach to maintaining and restoring health. What does this mean to you as a patient who simply wants to feel better? It means we treat you as an individual instead of a list of symptoms. It means we take the time to get to know you and your goals in order to find and hold a vision of you in health while selecting treatment plans that are as unique and personalized for you and your case as your own individual journey has been to arrive where you are today.
The classical approach of Five Element Acupuncture is often times transformational for a patient as the effects and balance are restored at a deeper level leading to more effective, longer lasting results. Explore our TESTIMONIALS page to see what are patients are saying.