It is no secret, and having been practiced for over 4000 years, Chinese medicine has been the most utilized and sought after form of healthcare in the history of man. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has many modalities and treatment methods that have been tried over and over through the millennia, and their effectiveness has been recorded by direct observation of results. Acupuncture, herbal formulations, various forms of exercise, moxabustion, cupping, and more, are used in conjunction or individually depending on an individuals treatment needs. Each modality may have different forms as time and experience have evolved the techniques.
At Warm Sea Acupuncture, our treatment plans center around the 5-Element style of acupuncture combined with classical Chinese herbs.
The Five Element style of Acupuncture has a unique constitutional approach to health, bringing together the whole person: body, mind and spirit. This approach can help us experience a deeper understanding of who we are, and our unique purpose in life. These five elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, which correspond to the five seasons, with the fifth being the late summer or harvest.
While we all have the different qualities of the five elements, one of these elements is the place of both our greatest strength and weakness, our “personal constitution.” Practiced in ancient China, there is evidence of the Five Element Tradition being the system of medicine in use as long as 4700 years ago. The relationships between the elements describes how the flow of energy in Nature and within us both nourishes (increases) and controls (decreases), thereby encouraging balance. These ancient people, who lived closely in harmony with nature, made observations connecting these natural energy flows with their own internal cycles.
One of the central understandings of five element medicine is that our problems and symptoms are intricately connected, and that treating the whole person—in body, mind and spirit—is an effective and long lasting way to both address symptoms and promote healing and wellbeing.