FIVE ELEMENT: HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORKS?
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element Acupuncture treats the individual, as they would be seen in a balanced state of health. When the elements are in balance and the energy, or qi, flows smoothly there is health. Five Element Acupuncture concentrates on the Constitutional Factor, the element that most resonates with the individual. Five Element Acupuncture treats both root and branch symptomatology. The root is considered the initial cause of the imbalance while the branch is the manifestation of the imbalance on the physical, mental, or spirit level.
What Is Your Element?
Fire Element: The chief emotion is Joy. In pathology this can look like anxiety, in a state of health it is propriety. The fire element is in charge of presence in the moment and connectedness. When this is in health we are able to connect in a healthy way in relationships with ourselves and others. Joy, laughter, and presence belong to the fire element.
Earth Element: The chief emotion is sympathy. In health the earth element is able to give and receive proper nourishment to self and others. The Earth element is thoughtful and empathic in a way that is not detrimental to itself. Stable and healthy earth is grounded and able to care for itself and those who may need it.
Metal Element: The chief emotion is grief. The ability to properly grieve, let go, allows fresh energy to circulate. Metal elements seek value and essence. A healthy metal is able to exhale (let go) and inhale (take in) on the physical, mental, and spirit level. Emotions appropriately come and go, value on the worth within is sought after versus placing excessive value on material attachment.
Water Element: The chief emotion is fear. The water element is about willpower and the resources and energy over a long term to accomplish deep seated goals. In health water is captivated and calmly utilized with wisdom to accomplish that which we set out to do. It is flexible when presented with obstacles and patient. Healthy water uses it's energy and reserves thoughtfully, and allows time for replenishment.
Wood Element: The chief emotion is anger. The wood element is in charge of creative vision and planning. In health it is flexible and anger is tempered with forgiveness, and benevolence. Healthy wood effectively and efficiently plans. In community this allows for creativity and planning for the good of others, with out looking to pursue one's own personal growth regardless of those around.
When Elements are in balance the tend more toward their virtue side rather than their imbalanced emotion side. Excessive joy of fire leads to propriety and presence. Overly sympathetic and those lacking sympathy for others tend toward empathy in balance. The grief of metal allows for appropriate emotion and it's process with the ability to move onward. The fear of water becomes wisdom in decision making and where to apply willpower.
By Michelle Mansueto