Five-Element Acupuncture explained

Five-Element acupuncture was developed in China almost 5000 years ago. It is a system of medicine that works with the natural laws that govern all life to maintain the health of our body, mind and spirit. Fine needles are used to stimulate acupuncture points all over the body that affect the flow of energy to restore balance and harmony.

Living in accordance with Five-Element Acupuncture's philosophy is to walk the Yellow Path

What is this philosophy?

The key principle of Five-Element Acupuncture is that humans are a part of nature and so, the laws that govern nature also apply to us. Just as different elements make up the natural world, we too are made up of these elements - hence the name “Five-Element Acupuncture”.

When one element is out of balance it throws everything out of balance. It is the job of the practitioner to identify which element is out of balance and then treat that element. This allows the practitioner to get to the root of the problem, rather than merely managing the symptoms. Treating the out-of-balance element brings about harmony within us, which allows us to feel healthier, happier, and more ourselves.


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Wood represents our capacity to be born and grow and is associated with the season of spring.


Fire gives us the capacity to open and is associated with the season of summer.


Earth gives us the capacity to receive and be satisfied and is associated with the season of late summer.


Metal gives us the capacity to see the quality and value of life and is associated with the season of autumn.


Water gives the capacity to find our inner power and deepest sense of self. It is associated with the season of winter.

Why is this relevant to you?

Learning about the elements and what they represent within us will allow you to shift how you live to find greater balance, fulfilment and peace. The theory and philosophy in Five-Element Acupuncture is incredibly easy to apply to your life and will profoundly affect how you feel and move through life.
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