What is Classical Five Element Acupuncture?

five_element_chart_popupClassical Five-Element Acupuncture, as taught by Professor J.R. Worsley, is unique among the various types of traditional acupuncture. It doesn't palliate symptoms. It derives its remarkable effectiveness by treating the Causative Factor (CF) of an illness.

Relying on natural laws, it recognizes that the health of a person's entire body, mind and spirit must be taken into account in order to fully diagnose the cause of an illness. Only then can the most effective help be offered so that people can regain their balance and health on all levels.

When we speak of Acupuncture, we are referring to Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, a complex system of healing which takes a considerable number of years to learn and very many more to gain experience and wisdom. 

A practitioner of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture has certain aims in mind when treating a patient. These are:

  • To treat the patient as a whole
  • To seek the cause of the disease
  • To correct the cause of the disease
  • To help the patient to get well and stay well

It is important to say that in 99% of cases the needles are not left in. We will insert the needle gently just below the skin and when it has connected with your Qi/energy the needle is taken out. This process takes about 2-3 seconds. Our use of thinner needles and correspondingly gentler needle techniques are also welcomed by patients.

Also in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture the treatment usually takes an hour and we stay in the room with the patient all of this time - we do not leave the needles in and leave the patient alone in the room.

Classical Five Element Acupuncture is one of the safest, most comprehensive and far-reaching systems of healing in the world.

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I have been attending treatment and at the risk of sounding dramatic I would say that it is one of the top life changing experiences of my life. My motivation for commencing treatment stemmed from general physical unease and exhaustion. Many of my friends and family found it strange that I was attending without the presence of any particular ailment or condition. I felt, however, that things ‘just weren’t right’. Thankfully my intuition was right because my experience of treatment has been a far deeper one. Whilst many physical issues have been aided, (indeed some have ceased to exist to such an extent that I have forgotten about them completely!), I value more the emotional and spiritual road that has been opened up for me. It is a fascinating and energizing experience, one of which I continue to feel privileged to receive.

Hillary, Dublin, 13

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