“I used to think I knew the answers,” said Jean….”Perhaps you have to persuade yourself you know the
answers, otherwise you never do anything. …..I know the answers to different things now.”
– J. Barnes, Staring at the Sun

ITEA Classical Five-element Acupuncture program

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) looks uniquely at health and disease. Diagnosis in CF-EA is not through symptoms. CF-EA evaluates a client’s level of health and disease by diagnosing a person’s energetic balance, and may find disease even before the distress signals of symptoms have presented themselves. In diagnosing, a CF-EA practitioner uses sensory cues in the same manner as the ancient Chinese. These sensory cues show the practitioner the cause of an imbalance, unique to every person. The practitioner resolves that imbalance through treatment at a core level, and allows nature to heal.

The whole person, rather than just one part of the person, is affectedby this treatment. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture treats all levels of a person—the body, the mind, and that spirit which gives people their zest for life. Clients often say they feel ‘better in themselves’ after treatment because of the wholeness of the treatment. Yet treatment is very individual, owing to the marvelous complexity and potential of each client. During the process of treatment, clients are supported as they follow their individual life paths, and as they grow on many levels. Their ability to transform and evolve defines their state of health and wellbeing, and Classical Five-Element acupuncture works to transform people at the very deepest level.

In order to assist with another’s transformation, we must also BE OURSELVES. Therefore, learning to be a practitioner of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is for:

  • the motivated, and for those who are passionate.
  • those who wish to continually improve in an understanding of the laws within nature —the way nature works.
  • those who have the dedication and patience to hone their ability to discern subtle sensory and energetic cues.
  • those who wish to continue to develop and transform personally, and who desire more balanced interaction with their world and with nature.


The study of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture can be challenging, and one can never know it all. There is always more to learn—a greater depth of understanding to be explored. Learning basic theory and technical facts is only a small part of becoming a Classical Five-Element acupuncturist. The sensory understanding of nature as a teacher is the real essence of the work. This learning cannot be explained through words, but must be experienced. Being a Classical Five-Element acupuncturist may be the most compelling thing you’ve ever done.


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For more information on a Masters in Acupuncture in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture please download the ITEA Catalog.