The Five Elements
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I take very thin, fine needles and stimulate certain points on the body to strengthen the "Qi" or "Chi". (The Japanese say "Ki" as in aikido.) Qi is the vital energy that the Chinese defined thousand of years ago as the energy that animates us, our 'lifeforce'. Acupuncture can stimulate the Qi or move blockages of the Qi at the points. The points are inter-connected through meridians that course along the surface of our body and connect with the inner organs.
Moxibustion or "moxa" is an herb (Artemsia latiflora vulgaris) that is rolled into cones placed on the point, lit by an incense stick, and warms up the point. It is another way to stimulate and warm the Qi.
In 5 Element needling technique, 90% of the time I will place the needle into the point, make a 1/4 turn and take it out in one motion. Rarely, do I put a needle into a point and leave it in.
What is 5 Element Acupuncture?
Dr. JR Worsley called his standard of 5 Element acupuncture as Classical 5 Element acupuncture or CFEA. The 5 elements correspond with the 5 seasons. The 5 seasons are Spring, Summer, Late summer, Fall, and Winter.
The premise of 5 element is that human beings are an inextricable part of nature. And as the seasons move in Nature, they also move within us. We can "feel" the seasons change outside before the weather does. Like that first whiff of Spring air in February when it is still cold and wintery outside. The "seasons" or "elements" are assessed within the patient to determine which one is needing treatment.
5 Element acupuncture treats a person at their core. It is an inner traditon of acupuncture that when the innermost core heals, naturally the symptoms of dis-ease will heal. Although our symptoms are often very physical in nature (pain, asthma, and migraines) the imbalance needs to be treated at the Spirit level. Classical 5 Element treats at that level to allow the body to heal.