Acupuncture acts as a compass leading us back to a state of homeostasis. Modern research shows numerous examples of acupuncture’s bi-directional regulatory action:1
“… lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension…”
“… increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”
“… has holistic and bi-directional regulatory effects on immune function.”2
Beyond the physiological and biochemical effects, acupuncture also helps us feel more relaxed and grounded within ourselves.
As a Five Element acupuncturist, I take the time to treat clients based on their constitution – not just their symptoms.
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element theory is rooted in understanding the essential energetic qualities found in nature: The elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.
In nature, as within our bodies, the elements “work interdependently in an elegant and systematic balance, each one sustaining and supporting the next in the cycle as with the change of seasons.”3
My training focused on learning about the elemental associations with our internal organs and our emotions. Symptoms and stuck emotions tell us when an element is out of balance.
My job and passion as an acupuncturist is to diagnose in which element the imbalance starts, then develop an acupuncture treatment to restore a higher level of health and well-being on physical, mental and emotional levels.
The goal: To feel at home in your body so you can feel at home wherever you are.
“When I meditate, I imagine myself lying here in your treatment space.” – Rootstock Acupuncture client
1 World Health Organization. (2002) Acupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials. Geneva: World Health Organization.
2 Xia, Ying et al. (2013) “Current Research in Acupuncture.” Springer. p. 344
3 Academy for Five Element Acupuncture <Accessed August 23, 2016>