What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Category: Procedures


Generic name: Acupuncture

Five Element Acupuncture was introduced to the West by Englishman J.R. Worsley in the mid-20th century. The five elements to this form of acupuncture correspond to five "seasons" observed in nature: fall, winter, spring, summer, and Indian summer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2 0
Pain 2 0
Arthritis pain 1 1
Arthritis pain in neck 1 1
General health 1 0
Multiple Sclerosis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

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Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Five Element Acupuncture

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Based on patients currently having Five Element Acupuncture

Dosage Patients
weekly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
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