Five Element Acupuncture:
Five Element acupuncture, as taught by JR Worsley, is an amalgam of traditional healing practices. Many of these are drawn from classic Chinese acupuncture texts,while others are more modern variations developed by JR Worsley through his experience and interpretation of tradition. Like most approaches to health that have been practiced for over 3000 years, acupuncture has evolved and changed. The practices and understandings of why and how we treat have evolved to include new methodologies and understandings of the human experience.
As Five Element acupuncturists, our modus aperandi is to addresses the root cause of illness while supporting the natural healing power of the body. This means that our focus is to balance and nourish the flow of energy so that the body’s innate healing system can be as strong and vital as it needs to be to take on the healing work itself. For this reason, we do very little to treat individual symptoms such as a rash or back ache. In Five Element acupuncture, these surface problems are alarm bells that help point us to the deeper ailment that needs attention. Our focus is therefore on your entire health, from the physical
to the mental and the emotional. By looking at the whole body and locating the root source and cause of disease, we can have the possibility to eradicate symptoms and bring about a lasting possibility of healing in a safe and natural way.
By treating the core imbalance and not just the associated symptoms, we have seen time and time again that health and wellness can be restored. As people today have become more informed and active in addressing ways to support their own health and wellbeing, Five Element acupuncture has become an increasingly sought-after form of treatment. People appreciate that it works to support the natural cycles of their body without the potential side effects so often experienced with Western medicine today.
Five Element acupuncture’s technique uses the insertion of fine, sterilized, disposable needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on energy channels, known as merdians, that connect to the body’s main organs. In Chinese medicine, the organs and meridians are related to physical as well as mental and emotional functions. The results can include deep relaxation, pain relief, and healing. Five Element acupuncture has been found extremely useful for people who have either not responded to conventional forms of treatment or wish to augment Western medicine.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of illnesses, from very clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy. Take a look at the British Acupuncture Council’s Research fact sheets to find out more about the available research into the efficacy of acupuncture with specific complaints.
How Acupuncture Works:
Since we’re not able to physically see energy (Qi in Chinese) we are still far from being able to offer factual, precise explanations of what happens when we practice acupuncture. It is also impossible to carry out a double-blind test on Five Element acupuncture, so we can’t turn to hard science for the answers either. This of course creates our systems greatest dilemma, how are we able to prove this really works?
The simple and quick answer is, we really can’t prove anything, but every year there is more research and evidence pointing to why it is effective. Despite the lack of concrete answers, Aaron has continued to believe in and practice acupuncture because he sees his patients get better. For example, when someone has had migraines for 25 years and after 5 treatment the migraines not only subside but do not return, that is enough to help believe that this style of treatment really works.
To be clear though, acupuncture does not work for everyone, but neither does western medicine. With that said, acupuncture has helped for centuries throughout Chinese history and now in the West. For these reasons, it is worth giving it a try. Whether you use it as a support alongside Western medicine, or use it because the Western treatment you have been offered does not work for you, acupuncture is a safe and powerful alternative therapy.
This is an area of acupuncture, and especially within Five Element acupuncture, that has gained specific attention over the past few years. Because of this, a lot of misinformation has circulated, most of which has been put out by acupuncturists themselves. This has led Aaron to be very clear about how acupuncture works with fertility and how he works with individuals going through fertility treatments.
First and foremost, Five Element acupuncture is a system of medicine that supports the healthy movement of energy through the entire system. It is about nourishing the natural flow of energy, so that you, as the the patient, can be as physically, mentally and emotionally healthy as possible. Balanced energy flow can help with the body’s natural rhythms and cycles, regulating menstruation, sleep cycles, eating cycles and bowel movements. In Five Element acupuncture, it is believed that a healthy system will also support a healthy pregnancy. This does not mean that
acupuncture can get you pregnant. What it does mean, however, is that acupuncture can help you and achieve a more balanced flow of energy through your system, all of which is effective support for getting pregnant.
Aaron believes this is an important reminder for his fertility clients because he has seen too many acupuncturists (and Western doctors) try and convince women and men trying to have a baby that acupuncture will do the trick. The process of trying to get pregnant can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. It can cause depression, anxiety, pain, and feelings of insecurity, blame and self-judgement. To then have someone in the medical profession take advantage of this with promises and even “money back guarantees” is the sad and sick reality of our times.
Aaron has worked with many women who have wanted to get pregnant, some now with babies, others without. He cannot offer any promises, except the promise to do everything he can, as well as be supportive and respectful to you throughout the journey.
What Happen During Treatment:
Aaron has experienced the full healing potential of Five Element acupuncture treatment as a practitioner and a patient. He works to share the benefits and healing power of acupuncture with each of his patients.
A Five Element acupuncture treatment begins with a longer first treatment that lasts approximately 55 minutes. Often the reasons we come in for treatment are not immediately clear. During the initial consultation, Aaron will sit with you and discuss the issues relating to what brought you for treatment, as well as many other aspects of your life, family and work. The uniqueness of Five Element acupuncture treatment is that it endeavours to treat you as a whole person, from the physical, to the mental and emotional. This means that treatments go beneath your surface symptoms to deeper, root causes for tension, stress or disease. This approach offers the potential to help you not only feel healthy, but also more fully awake and alive.
Usually, after about 20 minutes, we will move to the acupuncture couch. As a patient, you will be asked to lie down on your back. Aaron will then go through a physical examination that will include feeling your wrist pulse, and palpating different areas of your body.
It is important to remember that everything to do with your treatment is 100% about you and your wellness. This means that you are encouraged to ask questions at any point. Aaron is committed to helping you, and if that means taking more time to answer queries or explain what he is doing a little more clearly, please do not hesitate to ask.
When it comes time to needle, Aaron will decide on where they are to be inserted. Typically the needles stay in for only four or five seconds. Everyone feels something slightly different with needling. Often people will feel a dull or achy sensation. Whatever the feeling, it passes quickly. Many consider their acupuncture treatment to be a peaceful, calming respite from daily life.
Quite often, new patients come in feeling anxious about the needles, vocalising how scared they are of experiences such as having blood drawn. The needles used in acupuncture are very different than those used to draw blood. In fact, acupuncture needles so fine and thin that that they do not break enough skin and cause bleeding. Most people get over their fear of acupuncture needles quickly, especially when they realise how small the needles actually are.
For follow up treatments, the session last about 45 minutes and follow a similar structure of the initial consultation. However, no two treatments will be the same, as we are always following a progression from imbalance to balance. Your feedback and Aaron’s observations will guide this progression.
At the end of a treatment you are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy. This is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other heavy machinery soon afterwards.
In the early stages of treatment, the follow-ups are relatively frequent; once weekly for four or five weeks. The aim, however, is to increase the gap between treatments until we reach the ‘maintenance’ stage of treatment. This means Aaron will work on keeping you healthy and help you prevent illness or disease from recurring. This phase often involves a treatment frequency of between 4 weeks and 2 months.