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Classical Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient form of acupuncture and one of the main systems of thought in Chinese Medicine. It is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body, and the natural environment. This orientation works by treating the whole person supporting interdependent movement between the elements, the person, his emotions and his/her life as a whole. The practice of using its therapeutic modalities stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms.

The diagnostic foundation of Classical Five Element acupuncture is the theory of the causative factor. The causative factor is thought to be the root cause for most patients' presenting symptoms. It is thought that through birth or early childhood a constitutional weakness develops in one of the elements. Over time, this weakness has an effect on the other elements. The causative factor is the element, which is the foundation for the imbalances a person may experience and becomes the focal point of the treatment.

The Classical Five Element Acupuncture practitioner is ever mindful and trusts the restorative quality of Nature. The natural approach, when allowed to work and flow unimpeded, leads the patient to health in body, mind and spirit, just as the rivers flow naturally and effortlessly towards the ocean. Disease is the result of violating natural laws, of falling out of harmony with the Tao. Losing "The Way," means losing the inherent ability of the body, mind and spirit, to adjust readily to the ever shifting and changing environmental and social circumstances.


Acupuncture in general has been shown to stimulate the immune system. It also has affects the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric acid and production of red and white cells. It stimulates the release of a variety of hormones that help body to respond to injury and stress.

Acupuncture generates a response from the body, activating the Qi (chi) and blood circulation, balancing the subtle energy fields, as well as releasing endorphins that are natural painkillers of the body. Not only is acupuncture safe and effective for the treatment of pain and injuries, but also highly effective in treating the following:

  • sciatica
  • frozen shoulder
  • headaches, including migraine headaches
  • hormonal balance
  • allergy relief
  • sinus pain
  • digestive symptoms
  • gallbladder pain
  • inflammation
  • colds and flus
  • infertility
  • morning sickness due to pregnancy
  • other nausea
  • poor circulation

Our 5 Element Acupuncture Office is located in Encinitas, 25 minutes north of downtown San Diego.
Each treatment session lasts approximately 1 hour.
"My focus is on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of health challenges through holistic therapies, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbs, enzyme therapy, nutrition, and kinesiology ?aimed to support a state of dynamic balance."

--Susan Dennett, L.Ac, MTOM. RCST


With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has formed a unique system to diagnose and treat illness. The Chinese Medicine approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In Chinese Medicine, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.

Therapies used:

- Classical Five Element Acupuncture
- Acupuncture
- Moxibustion (burning an herb near the skin)
- Herbal medicine
- Diet & Nutrition


Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. This therapy has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and to stimulate the spirit of the point (on the spirit level).


Another important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine is Herbal Medicine. Chinese herbal medicine can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or on its own. These natural herbs are remarkable in their ability to promote healing. Unlike western medications, which tend to mask symptoms rather than heal, Chinese herbs are selected to address both acute symptoms and the patient's underlying state of health. Each formula is tailored and recommended to meet individual needs.


In the traditional Chinese approach to health, diet, good nutrition and living habits are essential to maintaining a balanced flow of Qi, the essential life force, through the body. Foods not only give strength and energy, but also have the power to heal and help an individual regain Yin-Yang balance for a healthy body.

Dietary recommendations may be important considerations for patients to restore the smooth flow of Qi, the body's energy. Food is used not only as nutrition, but also as a tonic; it serves to provide a source of balance and equilibrium for the smooth flow of harmony within. Nutrition as medicine uses special foods and supplements in careful combinations that support the unique individual --preventing illnesses and correcting imbalances. Abstention of certain foods will decrease the likelihood of bodymind imbalance.

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