What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine that originated in China and has been practiced for over 5000 years. The Chinese were keen observers of nature and saw the importance of balance in human beings, just as they saw in nature.
There is an invisible life force that flows throughout the body called “chi.” Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of chi energy in the body by the insertion of hair-fine needles into specific points on the body. These points lie along 12 meridians or pathways throughout the body that correspond to ten organs and two functions. Imbalances in the chi energy are determined by taking the pulse on each wrist.
While there are many different systems of acupuncture practiced in the world, I practice Worsley Classical Five Element.
What is Classical Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element Acupuncture system was brought to the West by the preeminent acupuncturist Dr. J.R. Worsley, who taught me this technique and system.
This system of acupuncture is uniquely different from any other system of acupuncture in how it diagnoses and treats the imbalance of chi. It holds that a person’s imbalance stems predominantly from one of the Five Elements in nature: Earth, Metal, Fire, Water and Wood. It is one of these five elements that is in distress that is causing a person’s illness. This distressed element is referred to as the Causative Factor, or “CF”.
What is The Causative Factor?
As said by Professor Worsley, every human being has one true cause of disease that comes from the element that is most out of balance for them, that being the CF. Said another way, the CF is the element that has been injured by internal or external causes, including hereditary factors. The CF diagnosis is usually made at the first visit for treatment, but sometimes isn’t known with certainty until later treatments. When the CF is diagnosed and treated, the cause of disease resolves and the symptoms of the imbalance disappear.
The Elements are Alive both around us and in us; they describe the movement of all life and all energy … Through understanding the Five Elements we may begin to understand both Nature and ourselves… – J.R. Worsley
Is Acupuncture Treatment Right for Me?
Wondering if an ancient practice to diagnose and treat an imbalance of chi is right for you and your needs? There are numerous reasons to consider this option. However, an inability to get relief from other forms of treatment shouldn’t be the only reason to look into these forms of medicine. In fact, many even consider this to be their first option for the care of a particular issue or illness. But everyone is unique and has specific needs and challenges that present themselves to be addressed.
To find out more about Classical Five Element, our approach to treating the cause of symptoms, and to discover why more people are turning to natural solutions and remedies to pain, suffering and a broad array of ailments – Call us today to learn more, and schedule a session at our convenient Overland Park location!