There are many different types of acupuncture available in the UK today from a wide range of different sorts of therapists. Not all of these, however, are based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The style I practise is an integrated style, based on the teachings of TCM and also incorporating the principles of Five Element Acupuncture, another centuries old, Eastern practice.

Could traditional style acupuncture

be right for you?

Read on to find out more…


Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine, used in China and other far eastern cultures for thousands of years [to the present day] to restore, promote and maintain good health. 


Developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give a complex and detailed understanding of both the body’s energetic balance and its physical functions.


The underlying principle is that all the body’s functions are inter-dependent and connected by the flow of vital energy (qi).  Illness and pain, whether physical or emotional, can occur when the flow of qi is impaired.


Qi flow can be disturbed by any number of emotional and physical causes including poor nutrition, stress, infection, old age, physical injury, poor diet as well as emotional trauma such as anxiety, anger or grief.


Treatment is aimed at resolving the root cause of a condition as well as
relieving symptoms.


Ultra-fine, sterile, disposable needles are inserted in carefully selected acupuncture points in order to regulate qi, stimulate the body’s healing response and restore natural balance.


It can be very effective for conditions that don’t respond well to conventional medicine such as back pain, sciatica, arthritic pain, dental pain, hay fever, IBS, menopause, musculo-skeletal conditions, nausea, PMS and severe headaches.


It is also very effective at helping relieve acute conditions such as musculo-skeletal pain from injury, headaches and nausea.


It can be safely combined with Western Medicine: recent controlled trials have established the benefits of acupuncture for a number of conditions including: arthritis of the knee and hip, neck pain, migraine and chronic back pain.


Many people have periodic top-up sessions as a preventative measure to maintain their health and well-being.


(Sourced from: BAcC, June 2012)


The Basics:  Five Element Acupuncture is a style of acupuncture practised around the world. The predominant style seen in the UK originated from the work of a UK practitioner: J R Worsley who promoted and developed this style in the late 60s and 70s.


The concept of the Five Elements forms the fundamental basis of the Chinese classic: the Nan Jing (Han Dynasty: 206BC-220AD)[1] and its principles are therefore thousands of years old.  Worsley learnt this style via practitioners from several far eastern countries, such as Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as Europe[2].


The underlying principle is that there are Five Elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood which each have different qualities, characteristics and associations and which form the basis of all things.  They are considered to be in a fluctuating relationship which each other and to therefore be acting and evident in different ways, in different proportions at different times.


In Five Element acupuncture, the belief (simplified) is that though each person has aspects of all the Five Elements within them, which can be seen at various times, there is one Element that is more likely to become imbalanced which then can lead to imbalance in the others.  This is known as the Primary, or Constitutional  Imbalance, or Causative Factor (CF).  Five Element Acupuncture, as developed by Worsley, therefore sets out to determine what each person’s CF is, in the belief that if this can be identified and re-balanced all other Elements will also fall more closely into balance and the person will experience greater health and well-being.


[1] Wikipedia, 10/04/14

[2] Hicks et al, 2004

What is Five Element Acupuncture?