Five Element Acupuncture
There are many schools of acupuncture which all have their place. The style I practice is referred to as Five Elements or Classical Acupuncture. The other types of acupuncture are focused solely on symptom relief. Five-Element Acupuncture requires really getting to know the patient inside and out. An extensive intake interview is the important first step in building a long-term relationship between patient and practitioner.
A Classical acupuncturist is trained to listen to the sound of the voice, to see the color that appears on the skin, smell a person’s unique odor (we all have one), the primary emotion conveyed and so important, to listen to the twelve pulses in a way that Traditional Chinese Medicine does not. Every pulse is related to one of the twelve meridians (and organs). The practitioner listens to each pulse and how that pulse relates to the others. Our delicate systems each need the same amount of energy, otherwise, problems develop in the form of symptoms. For example, if the bladder meridian has less energy than the kidney, problems begin such as fatigue or excess urination.
A symptom is a messenger – it does not want to be paid off to go away. An orthodox physician will try to erase a symptom by prescribing a drug, but drugs simply push the symptom deeper into hiding only to come out later in another way. The body is always trying to talk to us. It wants symptom relief, of course, but it wants the root cause to be addressed.
Five-Element Acupuncture has a special reverence for the Heart, the supreme controller of the body. Look upon the other eleven meridians as the officials who guard the heart. Classical Acupuncture never goes directly to the Heart. We treat the other organs knowing that when the other organs are going down, the heart is in danger. It needs to be protected at all cost. This is just one more difference between Classical Acupuncture and other acupuncture styles.