Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to activate a change in its state of functioning. You may not know this but there are many styles of acupuncture. These multiple styles were developed over the years as offshoots of Chinese acupuncture.

The acupuncture points are the same points used for centuries by the Chinese but the way in which they are combined and used together to treat may be different. As acupuncture spread to other parts of Asia over thousands of years, each area “fashioned” their use of the points. Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian countries practice unique styles of acupuncture. 

The Five Element style of acupuncture that I practice was taught by J.R. Worsley of Leamington Spa England. Our approach aims specifically at touching the more intimate levels of human experience, especially the Life of the Spirit, which was one of the original foundations of traditional oriental medicine. We treat the “constitution” of the individual, the foundation.

Treatment is individualized. For example, 5 patients who come for treatment of headaches will receive 5 unique, different treatments. There are no “prescription” points in Five Element acupuncture treatment. Each person is a different age, has different life stresses, has had a unique health history and other existing issues. This is where my selection of points for use in treatment may differ from traditional acupuncture. Each treatment is based on the individuals need, specific to them.

Since 1982 I have been a registered nurse. After 15 years of practice at Vanderbilt University Hospital with a specialty in critical care and trauma, I took a sabbatical to explore holistic medicine. I felt the need to take a long and hard look at how we cared for people. Certain important aspects of care were not being addressed. What I felt was absent in my nursing practice I found in the study of Five Element Acupuncture. Treating not only the body but also the mind and the spirit. My search ended with enrollment in the Worsley Institute for Five Element Acupuncture, a 3 year Master of Acupuncture Program. Since 1999 I have been a Board Certified Acupuncturist focusing on treatment using Five Element Theory. 

In my experience, all of the varieties of acupuncture can be powerful and at times miraculous tools for health care when used by well trained practitioners. 

If you have questions about Five Element Acupuncture please feel free to call for a free phone consult.

Sara Rodefeld is licensed to practice Acupuncture and as a Registered Nurse in Indiana and Tennessee.  Request an acupuncture appointment or call 317-818-1800 for more information.