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Five Element Acupuncture is a natural and holistic approach to women’s health that can offer a range of benefits, from hormonal balance and fertility support to stress reduction and pain relief. By working to restore the body’s natural balance, five element acupuncture can help women achieve optimal health and wellbeing, both physically and emotionally. We spoke to The London Acupuncturist and founder of The Harmony Principle, Claire Dabreo, about five element acupuncture for women and it’s benefits.

What is five element acupuncture?

Five Element Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that focuses on balancing the body’s five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element corresponds to a specific organ system in the body and has its own unique qualities and characteristics.

Acupuncturists who practice Five Element Acupuncture believe that imbalances in these elements can lead to a variety of physical and emotional health problems. By identifying and treating these imbalances, they aim to restore the body’s natural balance and promote healing.

“The five elements, or the five phases, of Qi are one of the founding principles of all Chinese Medicine,” says Claire. “And as a five-element acupuncturist, I look at how these five elements are expressed in the individual and diagnosing which element is at the root of the imbalances or symptoms that are being expressed.  This helps me to bring the person back to their fullest expression of health and vitality as quickly as possible.”

What is the five element theory?

Claire says: “Essentially, we see that everything in the universe is made up of the five elements, including us, and that we are subject to the laws that govern how these elements or phases interact. Each element has an essential role to play in our health and wellbeing and we understand that an imbalance anywhere in this interplay of elements will create dis-harmony and dis-ease. 

What are the five elements of acupuncture? 

Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

What are the benefits of five element acupuncture? 

“Five element acupuncture is a truly holistic system of medicine in that we are looking at the health of body, mind and spirit together and one of the most commonly reported benefits is that people feel more like themselves when treated in this way and this is such a powerful thing!

“Physical symptoms are more often than not an expression of an imbalance at another level – often created because we are living in a way that is against our own nature.  As practitioners, we restore the balance where it is needed, at the roots, to facilitate the body’s ability to heal, which is a profoundly effective and transformational approach to long-term health.”

How do you balance five elements in your body?

“They are in a constant state of flux and interplay within us throughout the day, the menstrual cycle, and the year, and observing the rhythm of the natural world as well as honouring our own nature as best we can is the most effective way to stay in balance. Modern life can make this quite hard though!”

How can five element acupuncture help women’s health?

Five Elements Acupuncture can be a valuable tool for women looking to improve their overall health and well-being. Here are some of the ways in which it can help:

Hormonal Balance

Many women experience hormonal imbalances at some point in their lives, whether due to menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. Five Element Acupuncture can help to regulate these hormones, alleviating symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, and menstrual cramps.

Menstrual Issues

Five Element Acupuncture can help to regulate the menstrual cycle, reducing symptoms such as cramps, bloating, and heavy bleeding. It can also be effective in treating conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


For women struggling with infertility, Five Element Acupuncture can be a valuable adjunct therapy. It can help to improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate hormone levels, and reduce stress, all of which can increase the chances of conception.

Stress Reduction

Stress is a major contributor to many health problems, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Five Element Acupuncture can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, improving overall mental and emotional well-being.

Pain Relief

Many women experience chronic pain, particularly in the lower back and pelvic region. Five Element Acupuncture can be an effective way to manage this pain, by stimulating the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms.

Is five element acupuncture safe?

Five-element acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some risks and potential side effects to be aware of, such as bruising, bleeding, or infection at the site of the needle insertion.

It’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your acupuncturist before beginning treatment, and to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of your medical history and current health status.

Five element acupuncture is a natural and holistic approach to women’s health that can offer a range of benefits, from hormonal balance and fertility support to stress reduction and pain relief. By working to restore the body’s natural balance, it can help women achieve optimal health and well-being, both physically and emotionally. If you’re interested in trying five element acupuncture for yourself, be sure to seek out a qualified and licensed five element acupuncture practitioner near you.

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  • Jennifer Read-Dominguez

    Jennifer Read-Dominguez is founder of The Women's Journal and a digital editorial director with over ten years experience in the media and publishing industry. Jennifer has led the digital transformation strategies for many market-leading lifestyle magazines putting SEO and e-commerce at the forefront. She is also founder of Jeneration Public Relations - a UK digital-first public relations and communications consultancy that provides strategic coverage for clients.

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