The Five Elements

Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal - energetic phases of nature's power governing cyclical growth.


Paul Farago, M.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist since 2002

for appointments: 828 667-4060 (Amanda)


Welcome Wellness • 667 Brevard Road • Asheville, NC 28806

Acupuncture For All Seasons

Chinese medicine is rooted in the wisdom of Taoists, as recorded in ancient texts. Thousands of years ago, Taoists observed nature and described universal laws ruling a) dynamic, situational balance, such as night & day, or Yin/Yang, and b) cyclical action, such as seasons, or Five Element.

Five Element acupuncture is a holistic system of diagnosis and medical treatment. With the appropriate depth and frequency of treatment, a diverse variety of symptoms and complaints can be improved to satisfaction or completely resolved.

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 a written 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.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine are trained to understand the laws of nature and to diagnose and treat in reference to them. Harmonizing the body, mind and spirit with the Tao promotes a state of health in nature.

Five Element acupuncture gives constant attention to the root cause and spirit-level of imbalance 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.

Auricular Acupuncture uses points in the ears to treat specific parts and functions of the body. The Five Point Protocol is used for detox and stress reduction.

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 individual patient’s qi is able to resolve the cause of the disease. That allows the symptoms to disappear.

"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." — from the Neijing, or The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine, ~240 B.C., translated by Maoshing Ni


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


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