Five Element Theory

The Five Element theory, which is also referred to as the “Five Phase” theory is one of the major systems of thought within Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for more than 2,000 years as a method of diagnosis and treatment.

For thousands of years, the Chinese have recognised that the energy of the universe manifests in the Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood; likewise this energy is seen to manifest in humans too. The theory asserts the fact that every human being is either born with, or develops early in life, an imbalance in the natural functioning of these Five Elements. This imbalance becomes the root cause of illness of the body, mind, and spirit.

Five-Element acupuncture assists in diagnosing and treating a patient's cause for his/her root imbalance; and the body itself provides the information to assess the Causative Factor responsible for an illness. Each of the elements has a corresponding colour, sound, emotion, and odour, which can be perceived when a particular element is out of balance. While it is relatively simple to memorise these associations, developing the skills to truly see, hear, feel, and smell these imbalances requires focused study, practice, and skilled guidance. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of the Causative Factor is the key to Five Element acupuncture.

In addition, this system recognises that the health of each individual's body, mind, and spirit must be taken into account to fully understand and treat the cause of disease. This is the reason why no two patients are ever treated in the same way. Each case is an individual and special in its own nature.

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