CLASSICAL FIVE-ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE  

A unique tradition rooted in Ancient Chinese Medicine, Five-Element Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3,000 years. Early observations of the elements (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood) lead to the realization that just as the five elements can be found in nature- i.e. summer, late summer, autumn, winter, and spring- they can also be found in every living being. When the elements manifest in a balanced and harmonious state within us, we experience health, harmony, and the joy in being exactly who we are.

According to this theory, the internal organs have aspects that reach beyond the physical and hold meaning at the physiological and spiritual levels. For example, we all see how the stomach takes in food and digests it, but it also takes in ideas to digest and process. If the stomach continues to process and digest without moving the nutrients to the rest of the body kingdom, one might experience ruminating thoughts, stomach aches, and never feeling satisfied physically, mentally, or emotionally.  

This means that everything a person might experience in life -joy, anger, panic, clarity, sadness, overwhelm, worry, fear, elation, and contentment- is actually a reflection of the balance (or imbalance) of energy among the body's organ systems. A blockage, disruption, or weakness in this flow of energy between the organs will eventually lead to some form of disharmony and disease. Similarly, when the energy within the body is abundant, strong, and moving as Nature intended, there is no limit to the level of health and quality of life a person might experience.

Five Element Acupuncture treats the underlying cause(s) of the complaint(s) rather than temporarily relieving symptoms, which aims to prevent their recurrence in the future. As the practitioner, I am trained to see and understand the relationships of the elements within the patient; therefore diagnosing and treating the root of the disharmony at the level of mind, body, and spirit. 

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