What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine from Chinese origin. The first reference about it goes back to the third millennium B.C. Acupuncture considers the human body as a whole that engages numerous 'functional systems' associated also with the physical organs. The disease is interpreted as a loss of balance in the relationship among those functional systems. The treatment involves working on the activity of these systems by means of the needles or alternative stimuli such as moxa, cupping, etc.

According to the classical chinese medicine, that encompasses the five element acupuncture, a human is a complex being not so much composed of cells and organs, but of the vital (life) energy that runs inside the invisible canals called meridians. Along those meridian lines acupuncture points are found.

When the vital energy is blocked (has an energetic disorder), an imbalance appears first and the disease shows later. By re-establishing its natural order (balance), the energy in the canals (meridians) stimulates the natural capacity of the body to heal itself. In case of the five element acupuncture it also stimulates harmonization of the human being with its own environment.

 

Why Five Element Acupuncture?

Five element acupuncture differenciates itself from other acupuncture practices by considering the living energy of the human being as an integral part of the energy of its environment. The part of us capable to connect to the 'collective consciousness', as it is described by Freud, or with the 'zero point energy', according to the quantum physics, in five element acupuncture it is called the Spirit.

Five element acupuncture is essentially based on the approach of ancient Chinese for whom 'all the diseases are rooted in the Spirit' (chapter 8 'Ben Shen' del Ling Shu, 5th century B.C.). Their profound knowledge of the five elements passed down to us, allows us to broaden the associations of the principal 'funcional systems' in a human being, associating physical symptoms with the cause that is found in the psycho-spiritual aspect of the person. For example, also incidents hit our already 'weaker' body parts and happen in our 'weaker' moments.

Working on such a complex energy matrix, five element acupuncture is a system able to assist a person in the personal development in a way that helps to synchronise him/her harmoniously with the environment in which he/she lives. In consequence, such treatments help to pursue the essential life fulfilments that in turn make life more complete.

Each person's treatment is tracked individually, both during the session as well as during the course of treatments; from the diagnosis, through follow-up updates at each session, up to an individual treatment plan that is suitable for the pattern of imbalances specific to that person. Such approach is essential for establishing lasting effects of the cure.

 

What does Five Element Acupuncture treat?

It treats the whole person.
Utilising the language of the physical conditions, the examples of the health problems that have been under research with acupuncture treatments are as listed by the British Acupuncture Council are:

Acne
Allergic rhinitis
Anxiety
Back pain
Bell's palsy
Cancer Care
Childbirth
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain
Colds and flu
COPD
Cystitis
Dentistry
Depression
Dysmenorrhoea
Eczema and Psoriasis
Endometriosis
Female fertility
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder
Gastrointestinal tract disorder
Headache
Herpes
Hypertension
Infertility ART / Male infertility
Insomnia
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Menopausal symptoms
Migraines
Nausea and vomiting
Neuropathic pain
Obesity
Obstetrics
Osteoarthritis
Post-operative pain
Puerperium
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sinusitis
Sports Injuries
Stress
Substance misuse
Tennis elbow
Tinnitus
Type-2 Diabetes
Urinary incontinence

Five Element Acupuncture treats with success the physical and motorial functioning problems particularly of the psychosomatic or psychological nature.

Further, it treats the psycho-spiritual conditions, such as depression, difficult life transitions (for example: loss, separation), also conditions defined as 'mental'. Beyond that, it assists in the development of the personal qualities such as patience, love of the other, self-love, self-esteem, hopefulness, assertiveness, positivity, etc.

 

Acupuncture without needles

The stimulation of the points is carried out with a Beamer Light Pen of the Aura-SomaŽ system. The light of the pen passes through a vial containing a mixture of liquidised crystals, essential oils, herbs and colours. Such method is completely non invasive as the point of the pen is placed on the acupuncture point on the surface of the skin.

Both the treatment and its effects are more subtle than with the use of needles, therefore this method is particularly recommended for very sensitive persons, including elderly and children and also in conditions that are less acute.

The practice of acupuncture goes back to the Stone Age when the points of acupuncture were stimulated with the pointed stones before needles were developed. On the door-step of the age of homo luminoso it appears that the use of light as means of establishing the flow of life energy give encouraging results.

 

Cupping

In cases of particular conditions and tensions, usually on the back and shoulders, the cupping technique may be used during the treatment. In this method, vaccum is created under the glass cups in such a way that the open part applied to the skin creates suction. The reason for cupping is to create a revulsion in circulation of the energy, blood and lymph.

 

Moxa

Moxibustion is often used during the treatment. The points of acupuncture or parts of the body are warmed up with the use of herb moxa (Artemisia Vulgaris). The heat increases further the circulation of the energy.