Acupuncture treatment goes back into the mists of time and developed as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine with an outlook different to Western Medicine. It sees the body as an interaction of energies that maintain homeostasis and therefore health. You might have a pain in your shoulder or be finding it difficult to get pregnant, but the underlying cause could be linked to a deeper imbalance. Five Element Acupuncture is a part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and looks at the body as though controlled by five different qualities which need to be in balance for health. Your practitioner, having, made their diagnosis, (through a taking medical history, tongue examination and feeling your pulse), will gently place fine needles at positions that relieve blockages, stimulate weakness, or calm the tissue down, to restore balance. They may also use Moxibustion (Heat from a herbal stick) in conjunction with needles or on its own. TCM practitioners also advice on lifestyle and diet, according to traditional principles.