Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Classical Five Element Acupuncture derives its remarkable effectiveness by treating the causative factor of an illness.


Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient form of acupuncture that works by treating you at the levels of body, mind and spirit. By treating at these levels it helps you move back into harmony with yourself, your emotions and your life as a whole.


This harmony is achieved by looking at you as a whole being. At Acupuncture of Indiana we place great importance on having a complete understanding of you, your environment, your history and the Five Elements working in your life.


At Acupuncture of Indiana we provide treatment only after carefully evaluating the unique patterns in your life – temperament, diet, sense of purpose, sleep, work, play, social connections, constitutional strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as your symptoms.

By treating the whole of you, we work to cultivate wellness in a way that certainly includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of your symptoms.


Relying on the laws of nature, Classical Five Element Acupuncture recognizes that the health of a person's entire body, mind and spirit must be taken into account in order to fully diagnose the cause of an illness. Only then at Acupuncture of Indiana can we offer the most effective help so that you can regain your balance and health on all levels.



The Five Elements are:

Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element is associated with particular organs.


  • Wood: liver and gall bladder

  • Fire: heart, small intestine, pericardium

  • Earth: spleen, pancreas, stomach

  • Metal: lung, colon

  • Water: kidney, bladder



Just as in nature, each of these elements helps to create you and how you function in the world. Each of us has all of the five elements acting in consort in us, and we each have our own unique interplay of strength and weakness. Some of these characteristics are present at conception and others are acquired through lifestyle, injuries, and emotional hurts.


Each of the elements can show up when radiantly healthy and when they are struggling. Since each element affects all the others, symptoms in one element may actually be due to a problem in another element - proper diagnosis and treatment is essential at Acupuncture of Indiana.


Once diagnosed through our diagnostic process, we use needles applied at specific acupuncture points that affect the element/organ that needs balance.


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