Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing system dating back over 2000 years. It is a classical tradition that aims to balance the flow of energy within, working on body, mind and spirit. It addresses the energy’s imbalance, which lies at the root of many physical disorders and conditions of emotional distress.

It is based on the movement of nature through the seasons and their corresponding elements – Fire/summer, Earth/late summer, Metal/autumn, Water/winter and Wood/spring. Each season creates the other, rebalancing and sustaining life. This same principle applies to us as the same cycle of energy affects us and functions within us. When this system is out of balance it can put life under threat – creating disease. Imagine the effects of spring without rain, summer and late summer with their heat wouldn’t be able to nurture growth and produce their fruit. Now imagine the same happening within you.

By recognizing this, the Chinese masters developed a system which bases its treatments on re-balancing the five elements within the energy system, thus as in nature when out of balance it creates disharmony. By touching these basic tools of nature – the elements –, CFEA reaches the inner core of patients, transforming them from the inside out, hence the phrase Rooted in Spirit – Ben Shen (Chinese characters above).

I discovered Five Element Acupuncture as a patient in 1995 for pains in my neck and wrists. Then my only concept of acupuncture was that it was good for a multitude of complaints. I was referred by a friend to try it as she had had enormously success with problems doctors couldn’t explain or help with. At first, after a couple of sessions I was surprised by despite still being in pain I was feeling so different in myself and that family, friends and work colleagues were reporting how relaxed and well I looked. After a couple more treatments the pain eased . Interested about knowing more what was happening to me my practitioner lent me a book by JR Worsley about Classical 5 Element Acupuncture. I was fascinated by what he was saying and it all made a lot of sense to me. A year later I started my training.

CFEA was pioneered in the UK , Europe and USA by Professor J. R. Worsley, who taught the majority of experienced practitioners in Britain and America. Professor Worsley carried on working until his death in May 2003, at the age of 79.