ITEA Program:

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) looks differently at health and disease. Diagnosis in CF-EA is not through symptoms. CF-EA evaluates level of health and disease by diagnosing the energetic balance of each person, which 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.


In order to assist clients with their potential for transformation within, we must also be ourselves.
Therefore, learning to be a practitioner of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is for those who are:


Passionate about learning and living with more balanced interactions with the world


Interested in understanding themselves more deeply and the laws within nature


Patience in learning to refine and discern subtle sensory and energetic cues


Seeking to develop and transform personally and within their relationships with others


The whole person, rather than just one part of the person, is affected by this treatment.

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture balances all levels of a person
— the body, the mind, and the spirit —
which gives people their spark for life.

Clients often say they feel better in themselves after treatment, due to 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.

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Studying CF-EA involves technical skills and sensory attunement

  • Learning basic theory and technical facts are 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


ITEA has no affiliation with any other institution in the United States, or with current lineage holder of Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, Judy Worsley.
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