Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780702031755, 9780702060991

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780702031755
eBook ISBN: 9780702060991
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 18th October 2010
Page Count: 420


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"

Table of Contents


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 Techni


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