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Frequently Asked Questions About Five Element (5E) Acupuncture and Covid-19

What does acupuncture treat and how is Five Element (5E) different?

All types of acupuncture (TCM, dry-needling, 5E) are good at treating pain, illness and healing injuries.  The system of medicine behind all types of acupuncture has been used successfully for 3 to 5000 years to treat the full spectrum of human diseases.  Historically speaking, 5E is an older form of acupuncture that strives to nourish the soul of the individual as the foundation of true health.  This makes 5E particularly adept at treating depression, anxiety, impotence, fibromyalgia, insomnia, hopelessness, loss of vitality, long standing anger and frustration, chronic imbalances, and most psycho-spiritual needs.  While TCM and dry-needling are well suited to fixing immediate injuries and illnesses, 5E is geared to the client who is looking to build and maintain a longer term relationship with their well-being and healthcare.  At it's best, 5E can truly be a guide along a journey to your best self.

What are the needles like?

All needles are single-use, disposable and sterile acupuncture needles that are smaller than a human hair.  Roughly 40 of these needles will fit in the the standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.  Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are extremely flexible.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture feels nothing like getting a shot, however, it can be intense.  Unlike other styles of acupuncture, 5E does not generally leave needles in the body for a prolonged period, though early clearing treatments and some other exceptions exist.  Instead, 5E practitioners strive to "connect" with the qi with as few needles as possible as quickly as possible.  The connecting of needle with qi can produce an intense and fleeting sting, burn, tingling, electrical or even dull aching sensation.  This is considered a good sign that goals will be achieved. 

How many treatments will I need?

The frequency and duration of treatments depends on the individual situation: nature of the imbalance, duration, and an individuals overall constitution.  As a general guideline you should expect to start with a two hour diagnostic intake that will include a thorough discussion of your history and goals as well as acupuncture and cranial-sacral massage.  I recommend follow up sessions of an hour or longer every week or two weeks thereafter - for a total of 4-6 sessions. Further sessions can be timed in accordance with the clients needs.  For some, more frequent and targeted acupuncture-only sessions will be beneficial while others will quickly reach their goals and focus instead on maintenance and relaxation.  At this point clients may chose to add additional time for massage to a 5E session.  

How much does it cost?

The regular prices range from $90 to $120 depending on the amount of time allotted (60 minutes to 2 hours); however, price should not keep you away.  Discounted rates are available for anyone in need, just ask.  Additionally, discounts are immediately applied to artists/musicians, teachers, and service industry workers.

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