Classical 5 Element Acupuncture is drawn from the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine. It is set apart from other systems of medicine in its reliance on the laws of nature and in its ability to reach all levels of illness in body, mind, and spirit. The idea that all of nature is governed by yin/yang and the Five Elements is at the heart of Chinese medicine. The ancient Chinese masters observed that Qi, the function of change, movement, communication, and connectedness that permeates throughout all phenomena, moves in cycles. These cycles were named the “Wu Hsing” or 5 Great Changes. These 5 phases of the movement of Qi became known as the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The Five Elements describe the movement, qualities, and characteristics of Qi as it manifests through the seasons and in the day to day moments throughout nature and in human beings. Every human being possesses the qualities and associations, the many gifts and powers, of each of the Five Elements. When healthy and in relative balance, each of us can draw upon the energy of each element as we meet what life brings to us.