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Styles of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM)
This is the style most commonly used in modern day China. Following the Cultural Revolution many of the ancient spiritual references were played down in Chinese medicine, and this style began to be practised. It focuses mainly on the interrelationships of the organs and systems of the body and how imbalances, particularly in yin and and yang energy, can cause symptoms.

Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element theory describes the energy of the world as occurring in five phases or Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The theory is used in many contexts, but in medicine it is the basis for determining constitutional types. The patient’s longest standing imbalance is diagnosed as one of the Elements, that is, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal or Water. The person is then described as, for example, a Wood CF (constitutional factor).

Both styles of acupuncture have their own strengths and by integrating the two I have the widest slection of treatment approaches available to me. This means that I can succesfully treat a wide range of conditions.

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