Different Styles of Acupuncture

Since acupuncture has been around for so long, there are many different styles that have evolved over the centuries and that continue to evolve in modern China and the U.S.

Classical Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and herbal treatments are based on the ancient Chinese texts from early medical history. These treatments are very nuanced and skillfully balanced, relying on traditional methods of diagnosis like tongue and pulse They do not use modern lab tests or research for validation. This can be a very powerful style of treatment with great results. It fell out of favor during the Cultural Revolution because of its spiritual nature.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Based on Chinese classics, TCM is not hesitant to use modern techniques of diagnosis and treatment, like lab tests. This became the standard form of Chinese medicine during the Cultural Revolution and is currently practiced in Chinese hospitals alongside Western medicine. TCM uses acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities to treat patients.  


Five Element Style
This is a modern style started by an Englishman in China, J.R. Worsley, who sought to return to the spiritual roots of Chinese medicine, which he saw missing from the TCM tradition. This style focuses on a patient's emotional, spiritual and physical constitution. It can have a deep and profound effect on a person's whole health. Five Element Style uses only acupuncture in its treatments.  


A modern acupuncture technique, NADA uses 5 needles in each ear to assist the body in its detoxification process. This is used most often to help people undergoing detox from alcohol and drug abuse, but can also be used to help the body detox from everyday chemical exposures and stresses. It can improve quality of sleep and resilience and response to stress.