How Five Element Acupuncture Works
Classical Five Element Acupuncture was developed and brought to the west by Professor J. R. Worsley. Rooted in Taoist tradition and thought, it sees each person as a unique individual and treats each person individually in body, mind and spirit.
An initial visit
At the initial consultation and treatment, your acupuncturist collects medical and personal information and gives a physical exam. This takes 1½ to 2 hours. A treatment plan is then made for your individual condition and situation. Subsequent treatments last 45 minutes to 1 hour.
A healing partnership
Together you and your practitioner work towards your optimal health. Often you practitioner will suggest lifestyle or dietary changes. This enhances the benefits of your treatments and creates long-lasting balance in your body, mind and spirit.
Ch’i is the Chinese concept of life energy — the force that fills all living beings. Your acupuncturist will determine the amount and quality of the Ch’i within your body by taking your pulse. Ch’i flows in specific pathways, or meridians, throughout the body.
There are 12 main meridians that correspond to our organs and organ systems. At certain points, meridians run near the surface of the skin. It is at these points that your acupuncturist accesses and balances the Ch’i using superfine, sterile needles.
Each of the 12 organs or organ systems has a corresponding pulse found above the radial artery on the wrists. The quality and relationships of these pulses reveal the state of health of each organ or organ system.
Often a small amount of the herb Artemesia Vulgaris, or mugwort is gently burned on the point to warm it before needling. This enhances the flow of energy and makes the treatment more successful.
Single-use, sterile needles
Acupuncturists use very fine (the width of a human hair) sterile, disposable needles to access and balance the meridians of Ch’i energy. When the needle is inserted, some people notice the sensation of a small electric shock.
When a person can’t tolerate a needle due to numbness or nerve damage, lasers offer a less invasive, yet effective method of balancing a person’s Ch’i. When applied to acupunture points, lasers have the same benefit as a needle. Lasers have been used effectively on carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, sciatica and tendonitis.
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