The five element theory is one of the major systems of thought within Chinese medicine. In modern clinical practice the theory is used to varying degrees depending on the style of acupuncture a given practitioner utilizes. In our presentation of the basics of five element theory we discuss the way the theory is used by TCM style practitioners. The information below is a description of the way practitioners of classical five element acupuncture, as taught by the late J.R. Worsley, utilize the five element theory. The information here is only a starting point for understanding five element acupuncture, those looking for more information should consult these resources.
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