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What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element Acupuncture

Five Element Acupuncture

Traditional five element acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back over two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body, mind and spirit are out of balance. Traditional five element acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of well-being making this system so uniquely suited to modern life.

Traditional five element acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined over centuries. Each person is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis will receive different traditional five element acupuncture treatments. The aim the treatment is to work with the person holistically looking at the entire person including such areas as lifestyle, diet, medical history, personal stressors, exercise and attitude to life, for each individual to discover a greater sense of self. Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease but overall health and wellbeing.

With traditional five element acupuncture the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s Qi, (vital energy) cannot flow freely. The Qi flows around the body, mind and spirit in a system of meridians (channels) like rivers and seas. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, and at times burning a herb moxa on a needle or skin. Treatment seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance to activate the body’s natural healing response.

With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today.

Source: British Acupuncture Council web site

The number of treatments or sessions needed depends on your individual condition.
At first treatment is advised to be once or twice a week for about six treatments, there after spreading the treatments out to each person’s individual needs.
Long-standing and chronic conditions can need more time to improve, though everyone responds to treatment differently.
Traditional five element acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to come for sessions at the change of each season throughout the year, or continue treatment each mounth or six weeks to maintain good health and wellbeing.

Hannah is a Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC)

It is very important that your acupuncturist is safe and competent.
All members of the BAcC can offer you the following assurances:-

BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study)

Compliance with current UK health and safety legislation

Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover

Expert practice skills maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD)

Regular updates from the BAcC regarding practitioners’ professional obligations to the public

Compliance with BAcC

English language skills at least equivalent to those required of doctors and nurses working in the UK

Acupuncturists registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) carry the letters MBAcC after their name.

Although Five Element Acupuncture treats the person not the condition, people present with many conditions.

Hannah has treated people with the following problems:-

Pain; Back Shoulders neck sciatic Tendonitis Headaches Migraine Sports injuries Chronic pain management.

Hormonal; PMS Periods problems Infertility Menopause General tiredness Malaise Thyroid Blood sugar imbalance

Mental Health; Anxiety Depression Stress Grief Post traumatic disorder

Balance; Vertigo Labyrinthitis General weakness

Chronic problems; MS ME/chronic fatigue Rheumatoid and Osteo arthiritis Chronic pain syndrome General aches and pains Long term stress caring for others

Recovery; Enhanced from surgery cancer treatments strokes heart attacks operations accidents

General health and wellbeing; Keeping the immune system healthy to avoid illness prevention, and helping with the challenges of the aging process.
Five element acupuncture can become a part of your life helping you through tough times and illness as well as enhancing the good times.

The British Acupuncture Council fact sheets are produced to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial, please find on:-

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