Classical Five Element Acupuncture came out of the Taoist tradition, based on how to understand the link between what is happening in the outside world (nature) and the interior one (our bodies). In nature the five elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. From an eastern perspective the five elements as in nature are also present in each of us and correlate to specific organs. Therefore, whatever happens naturally outside also happens within us. When we have an organic imbalance inside of us, much of it is influenced by the time of day, by the season of the year, as well as other multifactorial conditions.
This system of acupuncture recognizes that our vital life-force, or “Qi”, affects us on all levels- body, mind and spirit and if our needs on any one of these levels becomes imbalanced, disease will manifest. By assisting the life-force “Qi” to flow both Nature and the individual can access what is already provided for and ultimately heal themselves.
Five Element Acupuncture is a truly sustainable form of healthcare based on the laws of Nature- accessing the patient’s own resources through specific acupuncture points to restore balance on all levels of body, mind and spirit- thus enabling one to achieve their fullest potential.
Functional medicine is a science-based personalized healthcare approach that assesses and treats underlying causes of illness through individually tailored therapies to restore health and improve function. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a patient and practitioner therapeutic partnership that addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
“We are not designed to be stressed, toxic, inflamed, infected, malnourished, and unrested, and yet still easily thrive, grow, reproduce, be thin, feel well, eat anything, we want, enjoy perfect digestion, and have great sex. This combination would not be natural.” -Tracy Harrison
“In every infection, there are two factors at play. The microbe and the host. We can’t control the microbe but we have extraordinary control over us, the host. Functional Medicine is the science of creating health, of creating resilience, and making your system an inhospitable place for disease.” -Dr. Mark Hyman
Emily Navas LAc, Acupuncture & Functional Medicine