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.