Five Element Acupuncture comes from the ancient Chinese belief that all things in the universe are expressions of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The human body is nothing more than an extension of the universe and the same laws governing the universe also govern the human body.
The Five Elements within the human body are associated with specific organs, physical and emotional symptoms, disease tendencies, and general ways of being in the world. Within the framework of the Five Element System, both the patient’s physical symptoms and emotional history create a diagnosis for the practitioner. By understanding the physical, mental and emotional life of a person, the practitioner is able to use knowledge of the Five Elements to treat the root of the imbalance.