What is 5 Element Acupuncture?

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Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture focuses on the person who has the illness, rather than the illness itself. A combination of our genetic inheritance and the first few years of life leave all of us with subtle imbalances in our Qi that affect our health and wellbeing.
The practitioner detects these imbalances by observing a person closely, concentrating on four crucial aspects:

  • the emotion they are expressing most inappropriately
  • the colour that can be observed on their face, particularly on the lower temples beside the eye
  • the odour emitted by their body
  • the sound present in their voice, particularly a tone that does not fit with the emotion being expressed.

Together these indicate which of the Five Elements is the constitutional imbalance of the patient: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, or Wood.