What is Five-Element Acupuncture?
Five-Element Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine based on the natural laws that govern all beings and matter in the universe. It is a spiritual tradition that addresses the needs of people at the level of the body, mind and spirit.
Five-Element Acupuncture sees ill-health and dis-ease as an imbalance of yin and yang, the two primary sources of all existence. Any symptom/s a person may experience demonstrates the person has lost balance but the problem does not indicate the cause. The goal of the acupuncturist is to find the true cause of the imbalance in the patient.
Five-Element acupuncturists use their senses to make a diagnosis. In treatment they use Moxa (a fine Chinese herb) that is burnt to warm the acupuncture points, and needles to stimulate or sedate the energy located in the meridian (energy) pathways. This adjustment can balance flow within the patient.
Where can I book a Five-Element Acupuncture treatment?
You can find a Five-Element practitioner through the AFEA site.
What is Yellow Path and who is it for?
Yellow Path is a resource for people interested in Five-Element Acupuncture, a training organisation for undergraduate and postgraduate students and a community hub for students and professionals.
Yellow Path welcomes everyone. Our primary focus is on building awareness around Five-Element Acupuncture, its benefits, its history and how people can learn to become practitioners or improve on what they already know.
How is Five-Element Acupuncture relevant to me if I don’t want to become a practitioner?
Learning about Five-Element philosophy and theory shows us how the world works, who we really are and how we can peacefully and purposefully move through life. You don't have to be a student or practitioner to truly benefit from learning about this system of medicine. The teachings of Five-Element Acupuncture can be easily applied to your own life to help you find greater balance, harmony and purpose. Five-Element Acupuncture is the key to allowing us to fully embody the uniqueness of who we are.
Why become a practitioner?
There is nothing better in life than helping another human soul. When you work as a practitioner your life has real meaning. You benefit as much as your patient benefits as you work alongside them. Receiving Five-Element Acupuncture treatment allows them to discover who they really are and make the changes in their life that are right for them. It’s a true honour to witness another human being emerge from dis-ease to health and to thriving.
How does the undergraduate programme work?
The undergraduate programme is designed to give maximum flexibility while maintaining the highest quality of education. The core teachings and experience that have been passed down over centuries from master to apprentice are delivered in a variety of ways - online films, in person workshops, interactive discussions, written word and more.
There are four modules that build on each other over the course of the training. Each module is a mix of theory, philosophy and clinical practice. There are assignments and exams that must be passed in order to move on to the next module. Throughout the programme you are supported by your teachers, the mentors and our head of academic support.
What is the cost of the undergraduate programme?
The fees are £12,650 or £11,385 if you pay for the entire course upfront. There are payment plans for each module where you split the cost of one module over 9 months.
The fee includes: the entire curriculum (original online filmed material), 2 live Zoom Q&A sessions per month, mentoring and academic support, 23 days of face-to-face workshops, 60 hours observation, 50 hours of one-one-one clinical supervision, and all assessments.
Are there any additional costs?
Point location classes (120 hours required in total) = £40 per half day (3.5 hours)
Student clinical insurance = £60
Equipment (e.g. needles, books) = roughly £300
Is it possible to work at the same time as studying?
The structure of our programme gives enormous time flexibility so it is possible to work full-time and study providing you can allocate a minimum of eight hours home study a week.
What happens once you've completed the course?
During Module 4 you will be treating patients under supervision and building your practice. We teach you how to further develop your practice once you qualify and how to develop marketing skills so that you can transition from your current work situation to your new vocation.
You can join the Yellow Path membership to continue deepening your understanding of this system of medicine/clinical skills and to connect with other practitioners.
Your licentiate in acupuncture qualification (Lic.Ac) is just the beginning of your education and it is essential you understand that to be truly successful in this profession you will need to continue your studies once qualified.
Are you recognised by governing bodies?
No. Yellow Path’s programmes are not accredited by any outside organisation. There are a number of acupuncture organisations in the UK that practitioners can join if they hold certain qualifications and agree to work according to certain codes of practice.
The Yellow Path ‘Licentiate in Acupuncture’ certificate does not give automatic entry to any of these other organisations, however should you wish to join one of them - an independent application must be made and they will each provide the requirements for membership that may or may not require further study. All Yellow Path graduates are entitled to become members of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA). There is currently no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK.
How does insurance work?
When you start your clinical training you must purchase student insurance (approximately £60.00) and upgrade to full personal and professional indemnity insurance on achieving your Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic Ac.).
What are the costs of being a practitioner once qualified?
One of the great things about setting up an acupuncture practice is how little is needed compared to many other businesses. In short, all you will need is:
Work space. You can rent space on an hourly basis in an existing clinic (anywhere from £15-25 per hour) or work from home (but you will need to register with your local council for a nominal fee).
Supplies. Acupuncture needles, Moxa, Paperwork - approximately £5.00 per patient.
Advertising. Most advertising these days is free by building a strong presence on social media which can start the day you start your training.
Insurance - approximately £170.00 per annum
Professional Organisation Membership - approximately £60.00 per year
Accountancy - accountancy for a practice is very simple and can be done online yourself. If you go above the VAT threshold you may want to hire an accountant but this is likely no more than £500.00 per annum.
How should I prepare for the Point Location classes?
Please arrive at the class with the specific points or meridians you would like to study. Also watch the relevant video(s) beforehand.
Why do the postgraduate programme with Yellow Path?
Adopting the attitude of being a humble and life-long student throughout your working life as a Five-Element Acupuncturist, will serve you and your patients well. There is no end to the learning and by being a reflective practitioner, engaging regularly in peer supervision and seeking help from teachers with more experience than you, you will continue to grow. You will ensure your current skills remain sharp and continually improve.
By joining the Yellow Path postgraduate membership community, you will feel supported by the ongoing path of study, be regularly inspired and feel part of the profession as a whole. This support and encouragement to keep learning is essential if we as practitioners are going to keep moving on the same path of self development that we invite our patients to join.
How does the Yellow Path membership work?
There are three membership tiers to choose from: Bronze, Silver and Gold - each with varying levels of immersion and support. With our membership you can watch films from our original film library, join live Zoom Q&A sessions, attend face-to-face workshops, and sit back and enjoy our monthly filmed patient case studies.
What are the benefits?
Yellow Path membership connects you with like-minded practitioners from around the globe. The membership is about community and this is very important as the clear majority of practitioners around the world work in relative isolation. As much as this autonomy is attractive in many ways it is also quite lonely. We need to share our success and communicate with our peers. We also need to ask for help when we lose confidence or feel we have lost our way. The learning curves in this line of work are steep and climbing those hills alone can be arduous, taxing and alienating. Membership gives you regular contact with the core teachings, your peers and teachers in a variety of ways.
Is it cost effective?
Postgraduate studies are a cost of being in business and ideally, you create an annual budget for this expense. A yearly membership with Yellow Path is an efficient and cost effective way to meet all your postgraduate study needs while feeling part of a growing community.