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Five Element Acupuncture

Classical five element acupuncture has been part of traditional Chinese medicine since its beginning. These elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Everything in the natural world, including your body, is made up of a combination of these five elements, and in order to have good health, you need to have these elements in balance. By using five element acupuncture your practitioner can help you achieve the balance that you need and allow for a free flow of Qi throughout your body.

During your first meeting with an acupuncturist, who practices 5 element acupuncture, you'll be asked questions about your health and the problems that you are currently dealing with. Each of the five elements has specific diagnostic characteristics. From your answers to these questions and physical examination of your tongue and pulse, your acupuncturist will be able to identify which of the five elements are lacking. By correcting your imbalances with five element acupuncture, your body will be on an even keel again and your problems will disappear.

There are specific conditions related to deficiencies in each of the five elements. People who are deficient in wood have frequent headaches, myofascial pain, ligament injuries, sexual dysfunction, fatigue and insomnia (among other conditions). A lack of fire leads to hearing problems, nerve problems and anemia, just to name a few of the associated conditions. When too much earth is absent, the results can include gynecological problems, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis and eating disorders. Missing metal leads to asthma, colitis and eczema. A person without water experiences hypertension, gastritis, hearing disorders and lower back problems.

There are literally hundreds of conditions, seasons, foods and other correspondences that are associated with the five elements. In five elements acupuncture, an acupuncturist will use points related to the elements that you're lacking in order to increase their presence in your body. In addition to needle insertion he or she may also recommend dietary changes and other complementary therapies that will help introduce these elements into your body.

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