Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture
In this course, John goes back to his roots to teach a course that is one of his favorites. John has been teaching Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture for about 40 years and has found that students find it exceedingly informative, practical and helpful as a tool to incorporate into their healthcare practices regardless of their background.
There are some very clear distinctions between Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicine is far more common in the United States and relies much more on various herbal remedies and medicinal concoctions where acupuncture is often, though not always, included to facilitate the healing process.
Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture, on the other hand, does not use herbs and also includes a more Taoist philosophy as its foundation. The Taoists brought great emphasis to the concept of living in harmony with nature, with the flow of the seasons, the rhythms of the day, the movement of the planets, and so on. They came up with a comprehensive healing system that incorporated the concepts of yin and yang and the 5 elements which are essential to the flow of life and related that all to the body. The Taoists also found that certain Command Points on the body could be manipulated to affect its energy, using acupuncture as their primary method. In addition, they had a specialized form of pulse reading that was significantly simpler than Chinese Medicine pulse reading. This system will be taught as part of the course, as well as fairly straightforward methods of tongue diagnosis.
There is no conflict between the 5 Element and Chinese systems, and although John himself was never particularly interested in herbal medicine, both systems can complement one another very nicely.
This course will bring a broader context and a deeper understanding to many of the dynamics of BodyTalk, some of which are particularly emphasized in BodyTalk: BioDynamics (Mod 4(7)) and BodyTalk: Macrocosmic BodyMind (Mod 6). The course will also look at the practical applications of Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture within BodyTalk sessions. You will learn how to work with the Command Points in a treatment, for example, linking or CDRRRII-ing them, without any need for acupuncture. After this course, you will also be able to measure changes in the pulse as well as measure the shifts that occur.
This course truly puts together many of the core principles that underlie BodyTalk and its creation.
Upon taking this course, you will learn:
- Traditional 5 Element history and theory
- A basic approach to taking pulses
- Command Points
- Tongue Diagnosis
- Ways to quickly assess affected body parts
- Ways to assess conditions of excess or deficiency
- BodyTalk treatment approaches based on the above knowledge
This course counts for 12 hours of continuing education for Certified BodyTalk Practitioners' requirements.