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Theory and Practice

What does it mean to be a healer? How does acupuncture REALLY work (and how do we enhance its efficacy)? As an herbalist, how do we treat Element dynamics? What about complex illnesses like cancer or addiction, that can’t be put in any one category? What are Xi Cleft points actually doing? Explore these and other aspects of healing practice in real life.

The Theory section of the Five Element Archive includes a lot of rich material that takes us beyond our usual assumptions about how Chinese medicine works, as well as extensive material which applies to all five Elements, and to clinical applications of Chinese medicine such as addiction, diabetes, and cancer.

Access to these resources requires a Five Element Archive membership, except for the ones marked FREE.


The Perennial Medicine

FREE – The Perennial Medicine (15 MP3s, 74 min; PDF, 19pp)
FREE – Numerology: Comparison of 5 & 8 (MP3, 49:07)
FREE – Seasons and Weather: Integrating 5 & 8 (7 MP3s, 51:17)


Theory and Practice: Living the Elements

FREE – Intro to Living the Elements (MP3, 52:47)
Intro to Whole Heart Connection (3 MP3s, 99 min)


The Five Elements of Recovery


Cancer and Cancer Diagnosis

FREE – Cancer as Teacher (5 videos, 243 min)
FREE – Ethical Concerns in Cancer Treatment (video, 86 min)
Treating Clients with Cancer Diagnosis 1: Theory (PDF, 84pp)


Relationships and Rapport


And More…


Theory and Practice: Whole Heart Acupuncture

Command Points

Source Points (2 MP3s, 96 min)
Horary Points (2 MP3s, 103 min)
Xi Cleft Points (2 MP3s, 103 min)


Five Element Theory


Theory and Practice: Spirit of the Herbs