Our Commitment to Quality Continuing Education

When the 5 Element Institute was founded in 2010, its primary purpose was to help integrate our mainstream conventional medical system with health care providers who are knowledgeable about and skilled in acupuncture, through offering acupuncture education courses. While the Institute’s mission has expanded to include providing acupuncture research and treatment, its strong commitment continues to providing quality post-graduate education in acupuncture.

The Institute offers career-enhancing continuing education courses in acupuncture for physicians, nurses, acupuncturists, and other health professionals. Through acupuncture education, conventional medical providers better understand how to appropriately integrate acupuncture into their patients’ treatment plans, and some become inspired to learn how to practice this wonderful system of Oriental Medicine.

Our Five Element Acupuncture courses will teach you how to:

  • deepen your rapport skills with your patients.
  • diagnose and treat the root cause of a person’s illness.
  • diagnose and treat your patients as a whole – in body, mind, and spirit.

The 5 Element Institute is a Florida Board of Acupuncture licensed provider of continuing education courses for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and acupuncturists. Faculty members of the Institute have presented CME, CNE, and continuing acupuncture education courses, lectures and workshops on acupuncture at the University of Florida School of Medicine, the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association, and at the 5 Element Institute itself. The Institute has partnered with the University of Florida School of Medicine for CME credit, and currently partners with the University of North Florida to co-sponsor courses for CNE credit.

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Based on the Chinese classics, Five Element Acupuncture is the oldest style of acupuncture in the world.  It is a system of acupuncture that is based on natural laws, governing the Five Elements in nature – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. We teach subtle diagnostic skills to treat the Element that is the Causative Factor – the original root cause – of a person’s disease or imbalance. Another hallmark of Five Element Acupuncture is that it diagnoses and treats the level of the disease, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

By treating the root cause, and the depth of the disease, symptoms are not just alleviated, but they are resolved at their source. Since most illnesses do not arise purely from a physical cause, this beautiful system of Oriental Medicine challenges the practitioner to go deeper with their patients by re-training our senses to see, hear, ask, and feel.

Five Element Acupuncture is not for all practitioners, because of the extra effort it requires of you in learning skills of perception that are best developed over time and with experience. For those practitioners who make the effort, ultimately this depth of perception, understanding, and rapport-building with each patient leads to a more whole healing of your patient, and very rewarding results.

What is Integrative Acupuncture Training?

Integrative Acupuncture integrates modern acupuncture applications into conventional medical settings. Integrative Acupuncture is beginning to become more widely practiced, pioneered by innovative acupuncturists working with forward-thinking Integrative Medicine physicians and hospital administrators across the country. It is primarily being used in the fields of oncology and pain management.

The 5 Element Institute offers specialized training in the clinical and extra-clinical skills and information necessary to help establish and to practice acupuncture in a hospital or other conventional medicine setting. Topics on pre-entry include understanding the hospital or medical organization, common regulations, and requirements for credentialing. Topics on post-entry include collaborating with and educating the medical staff about acupuncture, how to adapt your clinical practice model to the conventional setting, developing additional clinical skills necessary in a conventional medical practice, and electronic record keeping.

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