Susan L Nelson-Sheldon Lic Ac MBAcC 
5 Element & TCM Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine Health & Acupuncture

Five Element Acupuncture

Five Elements
Five Element Acupuncture
Five Element Medicine

Five Element Acupuncture

Probably the oldest system of medicine on the planet, 5 Element Acupuncture can be traced back to between 4th-6th Century B.C. Five Element Acupuncture is very much Traditonal Chinese Medicine .


Five Elements philosophy can be found in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, most Asian or Oriental cultures,  in medicine, philosophy, martial arts, Tai Chi, Feng Shui ...


Elemental Types

Each persons main Element forms the basis of their treatment plan, in reality we are all a mixture of the 5 Elements, and the balance changes as we go through life, in illness or wellness, but our Constitutional Type remains the same, and makes a great basis for treatment - treating the roots of who we are, not just the symptoms .

The Five Elements

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

Colour, Sound, Odour and Emotion

Every Element has a precise smell, worse when we're sick, and much lighter and harder to detect when we are well. Have you ever smelt illness on someone? That's what we're talking about, and that is what a Classically trained Professional Acupuncturist can smell.


Each Element  has a particular colour which shows up on the face, a specific sound to the voice, and a particular mentality - we all have different ways of going through life based on our own Constitutional Five Element type, or Causative Factor, with our own particular strengths and weaknesses, in mind and body.

Five Element Acupuncturist

Susan Nelson-Sheldon did her first three years of study in Chinese Medicine purely in Traditional Five Element style, she still uses it every day she's in practice working with her patients. 

How does 5 Element differ from TCM Acupuncture?

Five Element Acupuncture establishes a Constitutional Type, or Causative Factor, for each person, using traditional diagnosis. This then forms the basis of treatment. there are no fixed acupuncture points, and points can be chosen to help the mind, emotions or body.


TCM establishes treatment protocols not by using Causative Factor, but by establishing clearly defined patterns of pathology to work on, this then informs the acupuncture points used.