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Published January 21st 2016
Try Classical 5 Elements Acupuncture in the New Year
A New Year is upon us, now is a great time to get our health and well being in order, after decadent end of year celebrations. Acupuncture is an excellent way to get our bodies in balance and our health and well being harmonious.
If you're dealing with a chronic health issue, serious illness, want to lose weight, have anxiety or feel out of balance in your body, acupuncture is something you should try in the new year.
I'm sure you've heard of acupuncture also known as Traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCM), but have you ever experienced Classical 5 Elements Acupuncture? I have had acupuncture in the past while 5 Elements Acupuncture was new to me.
Amanda explained that Classical 5 Elements Acupuncture is an ancient form of acupuncture that is thought to have originated in the Han Dynasty around 200BC.
5 Elements Acupuncture delves into the interconnectedness between man and nature. How we are the elements, we are nature and we are governed by the laws of nature. Each element has its own season, its own nature or personality. Each element has a sound, a colour, on odour an emotion and an organ and meridian that it corresponds too. This is also known as classical acupuncture. Its roots pre-date TCM acupuncture."
Amanda said that at university she found TCM acupuncture to be very prescriptive and systems based. She learned to treat symptoms, patterns and syndromes, which is very useful but something was missing.
Amanda said, "I was looking for something deeper. Learning about 5 Element Acupuncture took me deeper into the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person."
This sounded very interesting and compelling to me, to be treated on the body, mind, and spirit level so I booked at appointment with Amanda at Sydney Integrative Medicine, where she practices.
Sydney Integrative Medicine is a beautiful medical facility offering GP's, nutritionists, naturopothy, and of course acupuncture. I was greeted immediately by Amanda and taken into her lovely treatment room for the acupuncture session.
Beautiful waiting room at Sydney Integrative Medicine in Surry Hills
Amanda is a very dynamic and vivacious practitioner. She actually glows with health, so I thought whatever she is doing must be good and I could learn a lot from her style of acupuncture and health practices.
Amanda was also very empathetic and caring in our consultation about my health issues, she even seemed to have an intuition about what was going on with me before I said it.
I asked her what the difference was between a TCM acupuncture session and 5 elements acupuncture session.
Amanda said, "5 Element Acupuncture treats at the level of your constitutional element- Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood. TCM acupuncture treats symptoms or syndromes and patterns of disharmony in the body.
Diagnosis is based on sensory information – colour, sound, odour, emotion rather than intellectual theory.
Needles are non-retentive in 5 Elements acupuncture. In TCM needles will stay in place for 20 minutes or more. In 5 Element needles are generally in and out in about 3 seconds. People find they move forward in life and change as a whole person rather than just getting relief form their symptoms. "
I did have this different experience from TCM acupuncture that the needle was inserted quickly and came out quickly. I had come in with some anxiety about issues in my life, and amazingly her technique helped to reduce the anxiety so by the time I left I was feeling calm and peaceful.
I found it fascinating according to 5 Elements that we all have different constitutions based on the elements, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood. Each element is also based on the season, which makes up the 'meridians' in our bodies, according to Chinese acupuncture. This makes so much sense to me, that our bodies are in tune with nature and cyclical seasons.
Amanda said I have a lot of the Wood element, which is the energy of spring, and this element governs the gall bladder and liver in the body. I liked the thought that I have the energy of the optimistic spring in my body coming forth after the winter to create new life. I have always been told I'm a fiery person so it made sense to me.
I asked Amanda how she might convince someone who doesn't like needles to try acupuncture, "That I completely understand, especially if you've been traumatised either by experiences with medical hypodermic needles or images in media. Acupuncture needles are completely different. My needles are super fine, high quality single use Japanese needles. The sensation is less than a mosquito bite and most people report feeling very relaxed straight afterwards."
I had this experience as well, that I felt immediate relaxation after the acupuncture needles went in, then out.
Amanda has dedicated her life to the practice of acupuncture and health and well being. She says, "I truly love this elegant system of Acupuncture. Being a holistic Acupuncturist I treat at the level of body mind spirit and emotion. I am blessed to have studied under some true Masters. I am passionate and in continuous pursuit of more knowledge, experience and wisdom in Acupuncture be it 5-Element, TCM or Japanese Acupuncture approaches. My pursuit of knowledge takes me interstate and as far as China, USA and the UK. I also have a Masters Degree and Chinese Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Massage Therapy and am a Pilates Instructor. I currently work in a team of Integrative Doctors and Nutritionist for the very best care. I believe it is a privilege to treat each person I meet in the clinic. I live in accordance with the elements and have a profound personal connection to Nature. I live a healthy and abundant life myself. I have a strong desire to share this with others."
Amanda is an excellent acupuncturist who has dedicated her life to the healing arts, I would definitely suggest booking an appointment to see her. And make sure to call soon to book an appointment with her, she is very popular and her schedule fills up fast.