Rooted in Taoism, the Five-Element acupuncture system is over 2,000 years old, yet in many ways is more applicable today than ever before. In our ever-changing world, our ability to be flexible in mental functions such as beliefs, emotions and attitudes, as well as being adaptable in our biochemistry and immunology is crucial to our health.
Five-Element Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions, but the effect of good acupuncture is more than simply curing the symptoms. This system of medicine recognises that many ailments are the product of emotional as much as physical distress, and gives us a framework of how to assess and treat the cause of illness.
By restoring balance in the vital energy or 'Qi', we allow the body, mind and spirit to function as well as nature will allow.
How it works
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health depends on the state of the body's vital energy, or Qi. A smooth and balanced flow is associated to a healthy state of the individual, while a disrupted, obstructed or deficient flow manifests in illness.
The theory of Yin Yang balance is a fundamental concept in acupuncture. Modern studies have revealed that acupuncture can raise the level of specific hormones, prostaglandin, T-cell counts, gamma globulin, opsonins and overall anti-body levels. In other words, the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the body's energy pathways can stimulate the human body's natural healing response, release pain-killing endorphins and improve functioning of the hormonal system.
The science of acupuncture (58 mins)
A scientist's look at the ancient Chinese therapy of acupuncture (BBC - March 2013).