Five Element acupuncture is based on ancient classical theory and offers a framework for understanding the root cause of illness in a patient. Symptoms are taken into account but are not the only basis for diagnosis. A Five Element acupuncturist will diagnose a patient’s energetic “weakest link” in the cycle of the Five Elements which is considered the root cause of illness, and will administer treatment at that level. Rectifying the root imbalance will bring the whole cycle back into alignment, and symptoms displayed by any of the Elements or organ channels will resolve. Treatments are individual to the patient, not the illness.


TCM is a more modern style of acupuncture, developed in the last century, that takes a more Western approach to treatment. It is a more widely practiced style of acupuncture, and it looks at symptoms, identifies patterns and treats the illness rather than the individual patient. A TCM practitioner will identify syndromes present in the patient, such as Damp, Heat, Cold, Phlegm etc, and will clear or tonify as needed. Whilst it uses the same points as Five Elements, the treatment approach is considerably different.


This style of acupuncture is commonly used by physiotherapists and osteopaths to treat trigger points and muscular tension and pains. It isn’t based on Chinese medical theory and doesn’t use acupuncture points. Instead a practitioner will look for knots in the muscles and use needles to try and loosen them.


Clare is trained in all three styles of acupuncture which allows her to treat a wide variety of physical and mental health conditions. For more information about what acupuncture can help with, please see her website

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Clare Moss Acupuncture

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  • Clare Moss

    Clare Moss

    Clare is a classically trained acupuncturist, offering TCM as well as Five Element Acupuncture. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council
  • Acupuncture


    Five Element and TCM Acupuncture can help with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including physical, mental and emotional concerns

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