Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient form of acupuncture and one of the main systems of thought in Chinese Medicine. It is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body, and the natural environment. This orientation works by treating the whole person, supporting interdependent movement between the elements, the person, his emotions and his/her life as a whole. The practice of using its therapeutic modalities stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms.

The diagnostic foundation of Classical Five Element Acupuncture is the theory of the causative factor. The causative factor is thought to be the root cause for most patients’ presenting symptoms. It is thought that through birth or early childhood a constitutional weakness develops in one of the elements. Over time, this weakness has an effect on the other elements. The causative factor is the element which is the foundation for the imbalances a person may experience, and therefore becomes the focal point of the treatment.

The Classical Five Element Acupuncture practitioner is ever mindful and trusts the restorative quality of Nature. The natural approach, when allowed to work and flow unimpeded, leads the patient to health in body, mind, and spirit, just as the rivers flow naturally and effortlessly towards the ocean. Disease is the result of violating natural laws, of falling out of harmony with the Tao. Losing “The Way” means losing the inherent ability of the body, mind, and spirit to adjust readily to the ever-shifting and changing environmental and social circumstances.

“My focus is on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of health challenges through holistic therapies, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbs, enzyme therapy, nutrition, and kinesiology aimed to support a state of dynamic balance.”

–Susan Dennett, L.Ac., M.T.O.M.


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