©2012 Edward Lee, L.Ac Five Element Acupuncture
How does Five Element Acupuncture different from other methods of
Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that uses the principles of
nature to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance. This frees up energy so
that the body can begin to heal itself. Most acupuncture practiced today
focuses mainly on the energetic of the physical body. The popularity of this
form of acupuncture is not surprising since Western culture and medicine has
focused extensively on the physical body and we have grown accustomed to
understanding disease through our bodies. However, Five Element
Acupuncture goes further and looks at the state of balance in the mind and
Drink 64 oz. of water a day. (Eight cups of water, minimum.)
Dehydration is rampant and the cause of so much imbalance. We hear
this a lot for a reason: ITS TRUE!
Eat breakfast. We need fuel to be at our best and it sets up our bodies
for lunch and dinner.
Go to sleep by 11pm. And asleep by ten is even better. You know that
second wind we get around 11-12pm? We need to be asleep so that
our bodies can use that second wind to heal.
Move. Walking, running, yoga, Pilates, biking, swimming, rollerblading,
etc. Breathe hard, sweat, and get that heart beating. We are not
designed to sit at computers. (Irony noted)
If you are tired, can't sleep, or have headaches, stop drinking coffee.
Coffee doesn't give you energy; it only fakes it by pretending to be
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Most insurance covers acupuncture but you need to check your policy to see if
you are covered. Edward gives patients invoices to submit to their insurance
companies for reimbursement.
How much do the sessions cost?
New patient treatments are $160-$200 for a two-hour treatment and then each
follow-up treatment is $80-$100.
What can I do now?
Normally, I don't give general advice because there is no one solution to all
problems. We are all different and need different adjustments to come back
into balance. What is poison for one person may not affect someone else at
all. That said, here are the most common helpful recommendations:
Mind level: This has to do with how we are thinking. Obsessively
thinking about a person or situation over and over, putting off or
procrastinating what we need to do, overly focusing on past or future
events. When the mind is balanced our thinking is clear, quick and
focused on the moment; our past helps us make better decisions and
our plans for the future are flexible, ready to change if the current
Spirit level: The ability to feel that, despite the current situation,
everything is okay. Imagine that you are at a party and there is a group
of kids running around having a great time. The kids go running by
laughing and yelling. They run through a gravelly area and one of the
kids falls down hard. In one scenario the kid gets up, brushes the
gravel from their body and even a bleeding cut on their knee, and
takes off after the group of kids. This is an example of balance.
Nothing is going to keep that kid from life. In the other scenario the kid
gets up, looks upset, sees the blood and has a complete melt down.
Mom runs over to the kid and despite all the consoling, the kid cries
themself to sleep. This story gives the two ends of a spectrum of
When the body, mind and spirit are all tended to, the body can heal at
a far deeper level, which brings about not only relief of physical
symptoms but also clarity of mind and a sense of well being.
Edward Lee, L.Ac
Five Element Acupuncture