Five Element Acupuncture was originally taught in England by J R Worsley, who established the College of Traditional Acupuncture at Leamington Spa, where I trained in the early 1990s. It is now taught in colleges throughout the UK and the US and has been reintroduced to China after it was lost during the Cultural Revolution. J R Worsley himself was taught by several acupuncture masters, particularly in Singapore, Korea and Taiwan. The Worsley Institute is directed by Judy Becker Worsley, J R’s wife and designated successor.
Five Element Acupuncture focuses on identifying the root cause of the patient’s pattern of imbalance and aims to direct treatment towards this, so that the natural healing tendency of the person’s energy can be awakened and strengthened and a sense of lasting wellbeing can arise.
There are five elements or ways in which energy can be manifest: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. We all have all these elements in us, but one element will predominate and is a source of strength when we are in health, and a source of weakness when we are not. For example, in health the Metal element enables us to feel inspired but in imbalance it can generate grief; in health the Fire element enables us to relate warmly to others but in imbalance we can feel like our spark has gone out. By treating the dominant element, our energy comes back into balance and our symptoms tend to improve or resolve by themselves, whether physical, emotional or mental. Five Element Acupuncture is holistic and treats the body, mind and spirit at the same time.
Clients come for Five Element Acupuncture with many conditions including chronic conditions, compromised immunity, emotional conditions, difficulties with fertility, difficulties with the mind, difficulties with lifestyle. Because Five Element Acupuncture aims to treat the cause of any imbalance, it can have far reaching effects, whatever the symptoms of the imbalance. I particularly enjoy working with clients with hard to resolve conditions, especially if they are having an emotional impact. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
If you would like to read further about what acupuncture can be helpful for, the current scientific state of play is summarised in: McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017
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