Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture became better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. (ref NCCAOM)
In our clinic we provide alternative methods of acupuncture in addition to the regular insertion of acupuncture stainless steel needles. For people with metal sensitivities, little children, or for people who cannot tolerate needle insertion we use cold laser, essential oils, “invisible” energy, electrical current, and haci caps on acupuncture points.
Five Element Acupuncture
I consider Five Element Acupuncture to be one of the most elegant healing modalities I ever encountered. It is based on the natural laws, it is effective, and it is simple. In our modern world we are involved in various activities, relationships, business, and our lives lack the simplicity of the ancient. At the same time we intuitively know that when everything in our lives gets into some sort of balance we will be at peace and we will be happier and healthier.
The Five Elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. The relationship between these elements in nature is how the world was viewed by ancient Chinese. The energy of these elements is also within us, maintaining a balance in our physical, mental, and emotional lives. When this balance is disrupted due to the physical or emotional trauma, unhealthy lifestyle, prolonged illness, and other factors, disease might take place.
Acupuncture originated in China over five thousand years ago and been used widely around the world since. It spread through the continents due to its efficacy and elegance. Five Element Acupuncture tradition has been passed directly from teacher to students for generations.
In Five Element Acupuncture the practitioner helps the patient to restore the original balance of the energy flow to overcome a physical or mental disease or emotional issues. It is important to find the root cause of a problem in order to correct the inner disharmony ecologically. This way patient starts experiencing the overall improvement in quality of life. Clarity of mind, higher energy level, and more positive outlook are the examples of the “side effects” of such treatments.