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Classical Five Element Acupuncture

As a practitioner of Classical Five Element Acupuncture, I wanted to explain this system of medicine and it differs from other acupuncture systems.

Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient wisdom adapted for our modern world by J.R. Worsley. It is a highly effective and unique system of medicine that diagnoses and treats the root cause of disease.

History of Classical Five Element Acupuncture

Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an oral tradition and is passed down from masters to students. It is not taught in modern TCM schools and was originally part of the training given to students of Chinese Medicine from their masters before the Cultural Revolution in China.

Learning and practicing this medicine requires a commitment to a lifetime of studying and a willingness to really reach out and connect with patients on all three levels of body, mind and spirit.

For thousands of years, the Chinese have recognized that the Five Elements:  Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood exist in everything including the human body.  Classical Five Element Acupuncture asserts that every human being is born with, or develops early in life, an imbalance in the natural functioning of these Five Elements. This imbalance becomes the underlying cause of illness and is where the patient’s treatment is focused.  

This imbalance that becomes the underlying cause of illness is labeled the Causative Factor (CF). Accurate diagnosis and treatment of the CF is the key to Classical Five-Element Acupuncture.  When the CF is accurately diagnosed and treated, the root cause of disease resolves and the symptoms signaling the imbalance disappear.

How Classical Five Element Acupuncture differs from other systems

There is a very important distinction between other Acupuncture systems and Classical Five Element Acupuncture.  Classical Five Element Acupuncture is a unique and highly effective system of medicine because it diagnoses the root cause of disease and treats the body, mind and patient's spirit connection directly.  The acupuncture points Classical Five Element Acupuncture utilizes not only have powerful physical healing abilities, but also powerful Mind and Spirit healing abilities as well.

A Classical Five Element Acupuncture practitioner does not treat symptoms, but instead treats the individual who has these symptoms, as nature originally intended. No two individuals are ever treated the same even if they have apparently identical symptoms. Classical Five Element Acupuncture elegantly restores balance and harmony and returns individuals to the health and well-being that is their natural right and, as a result, each individual’s symptoms resolve on their own.

Clinical example of Classical Five Element Acupuncture

An example of this is a patient who presented with leg pain. The pain was so severe that he was unable to do his favorite activity- walking outdoors. Forced to retire early, he was also depressed and frustrated. Realizing that the leg pain was a physical manifestation of his depression and frustration, I treated him at all three levels- body mind & spirit, while never directly treating the leg pain.  After 6 weekly treatments, his leg pain completely vanished (in fact, he had actually forgotten about the pain). Along the way his depression and frustration improved as well.

By treating each patient’s root imbalance, on an individual basis, as nature intended, Classical Five Element Acupuncture Practitioners typically obtain deeper, longer lasting and more effective results in a shorter number of treatments regardless of which symptoms or ‘disease’ their patients present with.

While Classical Five Element Acupuncture is highly successful at treating existing illness, its real power is in the prevention of illness. The time to start treatment is before you have any health issues to keep your body, mind and spirit in its natural state of balance: enhancing your odds of avoiding future illness.

Common conditions treated by Acupuncture:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon (spastic colitis)
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids


  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Fear
  • Grief

Musculoskeletal & Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis


  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flu

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy &
    Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control
  • Pain & so much more.