[Paul Farago] Paul Farago, M.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist

PO Box 8907
Asheville, NC 28814-8907
Appointments: (828) 989-6206
email: paul@five-element.com

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FAQs incl. rates ... brochure

Acupuncture Methods

Acupuncture is an inexpensive, non-intrusive, pre-modern form of medical therapy. It is one of the oldest continuously practiced healing systems. Anyone can benefit - even those whose problems resist modern medical methods or conventional diagnosis.

Tao is the Chinese character which, loosely translated, means 'The Way'. Following the Tao means adapting to nature's eternal rhythmic changes, honoring the essence or true spirit in all living things.

Chinese medical practitioners are trained to understand the laws of nature and diagnose in reference to them. Harmonizing the body, mind and spirit with the Tao promotes a state of health in nature.
Whatever methods are used, acupuncturists do not have the power to cure disease. At best, we can assist nature in the cure. In so doing, the qi is able to resolve the cause of the disease. That allows the symptoms to disappear.

The Five Element method gives constant attention to the root causes and spirit-level of imbalances and disease.

The Balance Method extends Yin/Yang and Five Element laws to meridian diagnosis for immediate improvement anywhere in the body using easy-to-access points.

Esoteric Acupuncture combines Chinese, Hindu, Sacred Geometry, and Qabalistic theory.

"A superior doctor is able to gather all techniques and use them either together or separately, to flexibly adapt to a changing environment, life-style, and geography, and to consider many variables in the treatment of a condition. Thus, it is understood that even though treatment methods are different, all can succeed in healing a condition. This is dependent on the ability of the doctor to consider all variables and select the proper principle of treatment." "In the old days sages treated disease by preventing illness before it began, just as a good government or emperor was able to take the necessary steps to avert war. Treating an illness after it has begun is like suppressing revolt after it has broken out ... one cannot help but ask: Are not these actions too late?"
from the Neijing, or The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine, ~240 B.C.
translated by Maoshing Ni

Acupuncture For All Seasons

[About the logo: The five circles refer to Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal - the energetic phases that represent nature's power in governing cyclical growth.]

Chinese medicine traces its roots to the wisdom of Taoist texts that survive today, like the Neijing. Thousands of years ago Taoists observed natural, universal laws. They explained dynamic situational balance such as day & night as Yin/Yang, and defined the relationships that govern cyclical action, like seasons, as Five Element.

Applying these theories to medicine and the scientific method resulted in a holistic system of treatment methods that is logical, repeatable and measurable. With the appropriate depth and frequency of treatment, a diverse variety of symptoms and complaints can be improved to satisfaction or completely resolved.


Licensure: Acupuncturist, North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board #471

Certification: Diplomate in Acupuncuture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

Education: Master of Acupuncture, Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, 2002; B.S., Yale University, 1978

More Information

Acupuncture For All Seasons [.pdf]
The Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid, Larre and de la Valle's translation [.pdf]
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine - selections from Maoshing Ni's translation [.pdf]
5 Organ Networks of Chinese Medicine by Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D
Five-Element Acupuncture Information Site by Gye Bennetts
Balance Method of Dr. Richard Tan, for instantaneous results
Esoteric Acpuncture of Dr. Mikio Sankey, combining Chinese, Hindu, Sacred Geometry, and Qabalistic theory
The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine by Lonny Jarrett
Worsley Institute - the home of Worsley Classical Five-Element Acupuncture
Neil Gumenick's Institute for Classical Five Element Acupuncture incl. background info

fivelement.com for a referral in your area

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