Classical Five Element Acupuncture

Classical Five Element Acupuncture

Classical Five Element Acupuncture, as taught by Professor J.R. Worsley (1923 – 2003), a British osteopathic physician and Master of Acupuncture, who learned this ancient pure form of acupuncture in China, and is credited with bringing Classical Five Element Acupuncture to the West. In 1955, he was awarded the title “Master” of Five-Element Acupuncture.  The following year he founded The College of Traditional Acupuncture, U.K. in Warwickshire, England.

The Chinese, as strong observers of nature, believed that when our connection to nature is strong, we have better health. In Chinese medicine, the theory of the Five Elements is a philosophy that sees the world in dynamic states or phases of constant change. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture differs from other the more commonly known Traditional Chinese Medicine in the way it diagnoses and treats illness according to what is called the Causative Factor (CF).

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture as it was taught by Professor Worsley is unique from other styles of acupuncture in how reads the pulses and diagnoses and treats the body, mind and spirit.

The goal of Classical Five-Element acupuncture, according to ancient Taoism (a Chinese philosophy based on living simply and  honestly and in harmony with nature) is to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance with the elements of nature:  Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.  These five elements correspond to five seasons:  Winter, Spring, Summer, Late Summer and Fall.  Each element also corresponds to ten organs and two functions within the body.  Worsely Five-Element stands apart in its effectiveness at treating the whole person on all levels:  Body, Mind and Spirit.

Professor Worsley says that 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 Causative Factor (CF). The Causative Factor is established from birth to the first six months of life.  Here is a short video about the Causative Factor.

The Earth element corresponds to the stomach and spleen, Metal to the colon and lungs, Fire to the heart, small intestine (and two functions, circulation/sex (heart protector) and triple heater (temperature regulator), Water to the bladder and kidneys, Wood to the gallbladder and liver.


Enjoy this short video about the five elements.


5 Element Acupuncture

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