Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CFEA) is a system of medicine based around the understanding of natural laws, and how keeping these in balance maintains good physical and emotional health. CFEA, which dates back over two thousand years, works by isolating the cause of complaint, strenthening this weakness and supporting the natural functioning of the body as a whole. The overall aim is to alleviate symptoms and promote well-being and longevity in the patient. Five Element Acupuncture is also used as preventative medicine, and is very effective in addressing emotional issues or stress, before they lead to more serious illness.
How it works
In CFEA, the natural laws are understood as the Five Elements; water, wood, fire, earth and metal. We can observe these forces at work in nature, as well as in our bodies. These elements are associated with different organs, senses, emotions, times of the day, and overall strengths and weaknesses. By observing the five elements within ourselves, we can understand the root of imbalance and how this affects the functioning of our physical and emotional health. The diagnosis involves identifying which element is in distress and hence disrupting the five element cycle, leading to symptoms of ill health. The treatment is to correct this imbalance and restore a good quality of life.
The balancing of the elements is achieved by inserting fine, sterile and disposable needles just below the surface of the skin until a dull ache is experienced by the patient. Specific points will be located along several energy pathways which directly communicate with the body's physiological and emotional responses. Most often, these points will also be warmed by a herb called moxa.
During the first treatment, information will be gathered on your symptoms, medical and family history, lifestyle and emotional strengths and weaknesses. A course of treatment will then be tailored to your individual needs. Ideally, treatment begins on a weekly basis for a short while, then moves on to fortnightly, monthly and then seasonal for maintenance treatment.