Conditions Treated

What conditions can Classical Five Element Acupuncture treat?

Five Elements and acupuncture needlesIn all cases of illness and disease, the “chi” of a person has become out of balance, resulting in physical, mental and emotional symptoms.  Chi is what makes everything in our systems happen – our hormonal, immune, digestive, cardiovascular, neurological, pulmonary, musculo-skeletal and all other systems are powered by chi.  For instance, when you cut your finger and it instantly starts to heal itself - it is chi that is making that happen.

Therefore, when the balance of your chi is restored, your body, mind and spirit are returned to the ability to heal anything that has not been damaged beyond repair. When your chi is in balance, you have a strong immunity to illness, and when you do get sick you recover quickly.  If you are injured, you heal easily.  Each of your physical systems continues to work as it should, without manifesting symptoms of illness.

In addition, when your chi is in balance, you are healthy on the mental and spirit levels as well.  Your mind is quick and clear, inquisitive and growing.  You have a sense of purpose in your life, a sense of well-being and energy to live life to the fullest.

Through Five Element acupuncture treatments, your chi is guided back toward the balance that is required for good health on all levels.  Because ANY illness or problem ultimately manifests from an imbalance of chi, treatment that helps to restore this balance can have a beneficial effect.

(Please note:  Acupuncture should never replace proper medical treatment by a qualified M.D.  Acupuncture can be an extremely useful adjunct to conventional medicine, to aid in speeding recovery or to lessen side-effects of medications.  In addition, acupuncture treatment is very frequently successful in cases where conventional medicine can find no explanation, and therefore no treatment, for the illness or problem.)

The list of conditions that I have treated with  Five Element Acupuncture is too extensive to fully list here, but here is a partial list:

  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure
  • cancer treatment side-effects
  • carpel tunnel syndrome
  • constipation
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea
  • endometriosis
  • fatigue
  • fertility
  • fibroids
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches (all kinds)
  • weak immune system
  • impotence
  • indigestion
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • kidney disease
  • menopausal symptoms
  • multiple sclerosis
  • nausea
  • pain (all kinds)
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • repetitive stress
  • sinustitus
  • skin problems
  • stress
  • tendonitis
  • urinary tract infections


Shirley is an outstanding Acupunturist. I have been using Acupuncture for over 24 years and she is the best of all available acupuncturists in the State. I would never go to anyone else.
- Sandra H
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