I was walking along thinking about the blog I have just posted Nobody likes getting things wrong (13 July), when I realised that I needed to add something to it. If we are treating a “wrong” element, we may assume that we are doing something wrong. But that is not what I believe. We should not condemn any treatment we give as being wrong provided that we follow one of the basic rules of five element practice, and that is to ensure that we are not going against nature by taking more energy away from an already depleted element, or adding energy to an element already with an excess of energy.
Our pulse-readings should tell us what to do, for they will
help us assess the relative level of energy in the different pulses. Any treatment we then give on whatever
element we choose will not only not harm, but will be beneficial, because it
will help balance out the different levels of energy between the five
elements. And anything which brings
greater balance is to be recommended.
To all five element acupuncturists out there reading this I
would therefore say “take heart”. You
can never harm a patient if you let the pulses guide you in this way even if
you are unsure which element you should be concentrating your treatment
upon. Pulses alone are unlikely to
pinpoint the patient’s element for you, (but you may like to take note here of
Peter Eckman’s comments on my blog on Facebook about this). Using your reading
of the pulses to help balance the relative strengths of the different elements
one to another can help you lose some of your worry about whether the element
you have chosen to treat is the “right” one or not.
Finally, in all my years of practice, no patient of mine has
ever, I repeat ever, told me that any treatment I had given them had made them
feel worse, except when it has temporarily exposed an underlying block, such as
Husband/Wife or Entry/Exit, which the appropriate follow-up treatment
I think nature is very kind.
The elements help themselves by disliking the states of imbalance which
lead one element to have too much energy and another too little. It seems that they try everything to even out
any discrepancy in energy between them, which is why the treatment using energy
transfers between elements is greeted with such a huge sigh of relief by all