In the old days in China an acupuncturist would be supported by the community he or she lived in as long as people where kept healthy and when someone actually got diseased support would weaken. Doctors were paid for preventing disease and frowned upon if someone fell ill.

Being a very traditional form of acupuncture, likewise, Classic 5-Element Acupuncture does not look at symptoms in isolation. It provides the understanding to place these symptoms in the context of the overall make-up, the total person, both in body, mind/emotions and spirit. In this manner the overall health is automatically enhanced while specific symptoms are being addressed.

This style of acupuncture can assist with most health issues, whether it concerns named disease or not. It has been used to treat people for many thousands of years for a very wide variety of afflictions and very much so to prevent disease.

Body, mind/emotions and spirit always interact, one influencing the other constantly. A problem does not have to be labelled as ‘psychosomatic’ to be viewed in the context of our mental and emotional background.

This is because emotions can influence our immune system and our ability to heal so it is obvious common sense that a worrying and overactive mind does not help recovery. And also, physical changes, however unobtrusive in their own right, can strongly influence our mental ability and our emotional outlook thus provoking feelings and emotions which interfere with our capacity to lead a happy life. In this context it is interesting to note that often our strength is also our weakness, our Achilles heel. It is where we are most vulnerable.

Five Elements

Classic 5-element acupuncture provides us with the understanding of how this connection of body and mind/emotions expresses itself in reality. It is therefore a very efficient form of traditional acupuncture that points to the root cause of a problem. The word 5-element is certainly a misnomer and should be 5-phases as the model does not relate to a static situation but to the dynamics of the processes both within and without us. All natural processes go through various logical phases: There is a beginning, a development, a highlight after which we see the intended fruit of the process and then a descent before the process ends in stillness, strengthening for a new cycle, a new beginning.

The same happens in us and when these phases develop and complete in a balanced and harmonious manner there is no disturbance in our health, so no symptoms to observe. When an imbalance occurs, it will naturally show the phase in the process where this is happening. So, in this system one searches through analysis for the root cause, the Causative Factor, the phase in the process where the disturbances originate. This concept of the CF is the key to treatment.

When this factor is identified and treated in the context of the whole body-mind/emotions-spirit, symptoms will disappear and the internal coherence will manifest again in good health, good energy and a joy in being. Because Classic Five-Element Acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective in helping with a range of conditions as well as improve one’s sense of well-being.

One will feel to be ones’ self again as well as “better in oneself”. It restores the uniqueness of the person.

Who has Classical five-element acupuncture?

Many people come for help with specific symptoms or to relieve pain while some choose acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis, no obvious named disease. More and more people choose to have treatment to maintain good health, as a preventive measure or simply to improve their general sense of well-being.

Regularly, clients who have gone through a successful course of treatments choose to have a treatment once every 3 months or so at a change of season to maintain good health. Changes of season often bring up symptoms whether it be from warm to cold or from cold to warm or dry or damp or any distinct change in weather condition.

Acupuncture is suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine and we prefer that you notify your doctor if you decide to have treatment.

Duration and frequency of treatment

The duration and frequency of treatment depends upon a variety of factors which include the severity of the complaint, how long the person has suffered from it, the extent to which life style contributes to it and what drugs are being taken for it.

Some people only need a few treatments while some others may need prolonged attention. One starts with a treatment once a week and as the person progresses, usually after 4 sessions, treatments will be spread out to once a fortnight, once a month etc.., until there may be a regular check-up at the change of each season if needed.

The average course of treatment will be around 20 sessions, spread out over time, but individual differences can be great.


Only the finest needles possible will be used, their thickness the width of a hair, and most of the time you will not notice the insertion at all. Coming from this very traditional school fewer needles will be used rather than more, while needles are mainly inserted between elbows and fingertips and between the knees and tips of your toes, often only on one side.

On few occasions may a needle be inserted in another position but don’t expect the needle to be necessarily placed near the site of a pain or the place where you feel the problem is. The workings of the body are complex and the internal harmony needs to be addressed in its totality to affect an improvement that will last into the future.

The art is in simplicity and often less means more. And of course, only disposable needles are used.

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