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Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture

This exciting new edition of Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture gives a clear, detailed, and accessible presentation of the main features of constitutional Five Element acupuncture. It covers the context and history of this form of acupuncture, as well as the relevant Chinese medicine theory. After examining the Elements themselves and the functions of the Organs, the book explores the basis of diagnosis in Five Element acupuncture, possible blocks to treatment and the treatment itself. It puts this style of treatment into the context of other styles of acupuncture treatment - especially Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it is used in the West today.


  • The Five Elements referred to in the title are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
  • Gives a clear, detailed and accessible presentation of the main features of Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture treatment.
  • Covers the context and history of this form of acupuncture, as well as the relevant Chinese medicine theory.
  • Includes an unambiguous description of the principle aspects of diagnosis within a system, ironing out inconsistencies often present in discussions of these aspects.

This edition has been thoroughly revised throughout.

Quotes from the foreword to the first edition by Peter Eckman, San Francisco:

"...the authors have shown how their approach can even integrate with TCM findings to treat patients more completely and rapidly. As the case histories illustrate, Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture is a style of practice that is second to none, and this innovative text is an excellent resource for learning it"


Published: October 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4448-9


  • Introduction

    Section 1 The Foundations

    Chapter 1 The Philosophical Foundations of Five Element constitutional Acupuncture

    Chapter 2 Five Element Theory

    Chapter 3 The Importance of the Spirit

    Chapter 4 The Constitutional Factor

    Chapter 5 The Causes of Disease

    Chapter 6 The Inner Development of the Practitioner

    Section 2 The Elements and Organs

    Chapter 7 Introduction to the Five Elements

    Chapter 8 Wood – Key Resonances

    Chapter 9 Wood – The Organs

    Chapter 10 Patterns of Behaviour of Wood Constitutional Factors

    Chapter 11 Fire – Key Resonances

    Chapter 12 Fire – The Organs

    Chapter 13 Patterns of Behaviour of Fire Constitutional Factors

    Chapter 14 Earth – Key Resonances

    Chapter 15 Earth – The Organs

    Chapter 16 Patterns of Behaviour of Earth Constitutional Factors

    Chapter 17 Metal – Key Resonances

    Chapter 18 Metal – The Organs

    Chapter 19 Patterns of Behaviour of Metal Constitutional Factors

    Chapter 20 Water – Key Resonances

    Chapter 21 Water – The Organs

    Chapter 22 Patterns of Behaviour of Water Constitutional Factors

    Chapter 23 Some Common Confusions between Different CFs

    Section 3 Diagnosis

    Chapter 24 Diagnosis – The Purpose and Process

    Chapter 25 Diagnosis – The Key Methods

    Chapter 26 The Body Language of The Different CFs

    Chapter 27 Diagnosis – Levels and Golden Keys

    Chapter 28 Diagnosis by Touch

    Section 4 Blocks to Treatment

    Chapter 29 The Five Element Blocks to Treatment

    Chapter 30 Aggressive Energy

    Chapter 31 Possession

    Chapter 32 Husband–Wife Imbalance

    Chapter 33 Entry–Exit Blocks

    Section 5 Treatment Techniques

    Chapter 34 Needle Technique

    Chapter 35 The Use of Moxibustion

    Section 6 The Use of Points

    Chapter 36 The Use of Acupuncture Points in Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture

    Chapter 37 Using Points to Treat the Spirit

    Chapter 38 Lung and Large Intestine Points

    Chapter 39 Stomach and Spleen Points

    Chapter 40 Heart and Small Intestine Points

    Chapter 41 Bladder and Kidney Points

    Chapter 42 Pericardium and Triple Burner Points

    Chapter 43 Gall Bladder and Liver Points

    Chapter 44 Ren and Du Channel points

    Section 7 Treatment

    Chapter 45 Treatment Planning

    Chapter 46 Treatment – Pulling it ALL Together

    Section 8 Integration

    Chapter 47 Integration with TCM – A Brief Introduction to How a Practitioner Can Integrate the Two Styles

    Chapter 48 Case Histories Illustrating Integrated Diagnosis and Treatment


    Appendix A Different Terms Used to Describe the Spirit

    Appendix B The External and Miscellaneous Causes of Disease

    Appendix C Four Needle Technique

    Appendix D Blocks from Scars

    Appendix E Treatment Reactions

    Appendix F Checklist for a Traditional Diagnosis

    Appendix G Outcomes for Treatment

    Appendix H Diagnosing and treating Element within Element





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