What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in the East for thousands of years. It originated in China and has its roots in Taoist Philosophy. According to Classical Acupuncture theory, our health and wellbeing is dependent on the body's motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels which lie beneath the skin. In Chinese, this energy it is known as Qi (pronounced chee).
By inserting fine needles into specific acupuncture points along theses channels, known as Meridians, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and allow it to restore its own natural equilibrium. The focus of the practitioner is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the patient by working on the root cause of their individual disease, and bring them into harmony with their self and their surroundings, rather than just the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
The natural flow of Qi can become disturbed by a number of different factors, which include: climatic conditions, poor nutrition, infections, trauma, poisons, hereditary factors and emotional states such as anxiety, anger, stress, fear or grief. The main aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the natural balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the whole person.
Five Element acupuncture
The classical theories of acupuncture, which stem from early Taoism, have been developed and refined over 5000 years and form the basis for all styles of acupuncture.
Five Element Acupuncture is a specific type of acupuncture that varies in its clinical application from other styles commonly practiced, such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Its roots lie not only in the Chinese tradition, but also the Japanese and Korean varieties as well. It made its way to the UK in the 20th Century and the late Professor J.R. Worsley opened, The College of Traditional Acupuncture to teach this particular style in Leamington Spa in the 60's. The tradition continues to be developed by some of his leading students around the world.
This style is particularly well suited to our western lifestyles and causes of disease. It aims to restore the body's own ability to heal and protect itself from illness. It has the ability to aid patients in making not just physical changes but mental and emotional ones as well. It can guide patients to a deeper understanding of themselves and the factors in their life which inhibit their health and ability to manifest the totality of their potential.
One of the most important aspects of this form of acupuncture is that it is always trying to move a patient to the point where their health is once again firmly in their own hands, so that they require little to no acupuncture treatment whatsoever.