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Acupuncture is a system of medicine that originated in China several thousand years ago. From China, its influence spread across Asia and then to Europe. Relatively unknown in North America until the 1970s, acupuncture has grown both in availability and demand. Acupuncture is now widely recognized as effective for a wide range of conditions. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective in the treatment of over 43 disorders, including diseases of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, cardiovascular, neurological and skeletal systems.

Homeopathy and Chinese Medicine are two examples of possible alternative approaches to disease that do not treat the illness as an enemy and therefore do not create new diseases

EckhardtTolle, A New Earth

Five Element Acupuncture takes its name from the five elements of Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth. While many acupuncture traditions have Five Element theory as part of their heritage, Five Element Acupuncture uses the diagnosis and   treatment of the five elements within an individual as the cornerstone for treating not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit. Five Element   Acupuncture is a system of medicine which prioritizes the individual rather than the symptoms of disease.

“Acupuncture practitioners who work with the classical theories of medicine do not treat diseases; they treat the people who are experiencing the symptoms of dis-ease using the laws of Nature, enabling these individuals to engage with their lives in an empowered, informed, conscious way...the best way to ensure a return to health is to live health, of the body, mind and spirit.

Niki Bilton, Academic Dean, Ongiara College


According to the Regional Institute at the University at Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara region currently faces significant social and economic challenges-
  • Rapidly aging population
  • High rates of obesity and heart disease
  • Poverty and the health conditions that accompany it
  • Inadequate access to health care

Acupuncture can work together with Western allopathic medicine to address the health issues of this region.

“The two systems of traditional and Western medicine need not clash. Within the context of primary health care, they can blend together in a beneficial harmony, using the best features of each system, and compensating for certain weaknesses in each. This is not something that will happen all by itself. Deliberate policy decisions have to be made.
But it can be done successfully.”

Dr. M. Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine, Nov. 2008


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