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Diagnosing Level in 5 Element Acupuncture Get to the root imbalance and help your patients heal

Diagnosing Level in 5 Element Acupuncture Get to the root imbalance and help your patients heal

One of the main differences between 5 element and TCM is diagnosing and treating the level of your patients’ dis-ease.

In 5e, it’s crucial for the practitioner to ascertain on which level – body, mind, or spirit – their patient’s discomfort is primarily located during every treatment.

Here’s how and why we need to diagnose level for our patients to get the best treatment outcomes.

Why You Need to Know Your Own Elements As a Practitioner Enhance your clinical abilities and your own health

Why You Need to Know Your Own Elements As a Practitioner Enhance your clinical abilities and your own health

As practitioners, we know that our role is to help our patients heal. 

What many of us often overlook is how our own health and internal balance contributes to our patients’ progress.

The 5 elements are an excellent tool to help you understand your patients, but also to increase your insight into yourself.

Here’s how knowing your own elements as a practitioner can enhance your clinical abilities and lead to happier, healthier patients. 

3 Reasons Why Balancing the 5 Elements Improves Patient Outcomes Get clear on the benefits of integrating the 5 elements into your practice

3 Reasons Why Balancing the 5 Elements Improves Patient Outcomes Get clear on the benefits of integrating the 5 elements into your practice

The 5 elements represent an essential but often overlooked aspect of our health.

When I started integrating them into my treatments, the difference was substantial for my patients compared to just treating them with TCM.

I also started receiving 5 element treatments for myself and the shifts I felt internally and saw externally were profound.

We all want the best for our patients and the 5 elements are an accessible way to help people transform their health. 

Here are the top 3 benefits for my patients that I’ve noticed since incorporating the 5 elements in my practice.

The Importance of Constitution in 5 Element Acupuncture Learn this unique way to personalize your medicine for your patients

The Importance of Constitution in 5 Element Acupuncture Learn this unique way to personalize your medicine for your patients

Discovering your patients’ constitution is a core part of the diagnostic process in 5 element acupuncture. 

Without that knowledge your ability to personalize your treatments decreases and your patients won’t get the same results.

This process of constitutional diagnosis is unique to 5 element acupuncture; TCM, the dominant form of Chinese medicine in the US, does not use constitutions in its diagnosis and treatment process.

So let’s dive into what a constitution is, how it’s formed, how our constitutions affect us, and why it’s so important to treat at a constitutional level for your patients.

What is Constitutional Medicine? Rediscover a lost piece of medicine in the modern world

What is Constitutional Medicine? Rediscover a lost piece of medicine in the modern world

Traditional healing systems from around the world incorporate constitutional medicine into their theory and practice.

Great examples are the three doshas of Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine, the 4 humors of Hippocratic medicine, and constitutional homeopathy.

Chinese medicine has its own constitutional medicine system in the 5 elements which helps practitioners to see the whole person and get to the root cause of health issues more effectively.

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