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Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Acupuncture was introduced to England and later the United States by Dr. J.R. Worsley from his studies in asia after the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It is based on a model of people being part of the natural world around us. The model poses that everyone goes in and out of balance as life and the seasons are ever changing.
Our goal is to nurture the healthy aspects of each element or season and achieve a balance among them. It is inevitable that we will become out of balance and we can become more aware of those shifts to minimize them and return to balance. Each season has activities and foods which are most nourishing to us in that time – we are happy to provide you with more reading material if you are interested. Please enjoy this visual tour of the Elements.
The Metal Element is the most abstract of the archetypes. It represents the inner minerals and gems within the earth and has to do with hidden or invisible value. The season of Metal is the fall and as such is the beginning of decay, going inward and becoming quiet. It is associated with the father because the father is important in helping the child have self worth and know that they are valued. The channels which do the work of the metal are the lung (for inspiration and connection to heaven) and the large intestine (for letting go of that which we no longer need). The emotion of the metal is sadness and the metal encourages us to find our inner spiritual strength in times of grief or loss. It assists us in finding meaning when it is elusive.
The Water Element has many facets just like water itself. It can be elusive and silent or massive and overpowering. Its’ time of year is the Winter when the entire planet depends on the water reserves which are created. Winter should be a time of rest and restoration of resources – darkness and cold encourage this but our culture does not make good use of the wisdom of winter. It is indeed the energy of the intellect and reason and it’s channels are the Kidney and Bladder. The kidneys are associated with the ancestral life force, longevity and reproduction, while the bladder is associated with emotions. Water teaches us to adapt, be flexible and can be playful or fearsome. When out of balance here we can be frozen in fear or have trouble knowing our limits. The Water is the place of the storyteller – spending winter evenings passing on wisdom with the telling of stories is a fitting image for the water.