Patterns of Practice (Mastering the Art of Five Element Acupuncture)

Patterns of Practice (Mastering the Art of Five Element Acupuncture)

Patterns of Practice (Mastering the Art of Five Element Acupuncture)

Brand Singing Dragon
Unit Size 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 120pp
Properties 2013, Paperback
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Patterns of Practice

Mastering the Art of Five Element Acupuncture
Nora Franglen
Part of the Five Element Acupuncture series

Rather than simply a different version of western medical practice, acupuncture, as the author of this thoughtful and challenging book shows, is based on a different philosophy and leads down directly into the deepest areas of human experience. Based on many years as a five element practitioner, Nora Franglen explores the way in which the practice of acupuncture enlarges the experience and understanding of the practitioner. She shares, through case study and reflection, some of the larger questions and insights that emerge from a dedicated approach to this form of healing work.

Her insights and astute observations will encourage acupuncturists of any style as well as other therapists to reflect on their own practices, their relationships with their patients, and their fears. They also shed further light on the expression of the five elements within us all.


Introduction. 1. Challenges of a Five Element Practice. 2. The Imprint of Imbalance. 3. The Otherness of Others. 4. Doorways to the Elements. 5. Facing the Unknown. 6. The Universally Human. 7. Our Responses to the Elements. 8. Further Responses to the Elements. 9. Conversations with the Elements. 10. The Elements under Stress. 11. The Line between Balance and Imbalance. 12. The Tide of Fate. Afterword: Healing in Death.


Praise for the first edition

'I suspect many Five Element practitioners will find a resonance with this book. It was good to find my own experience reflected in the author's description of encountering the guardian elements of her patients, and how they evoke particular responses in her.'

—Review by Vasanthy Watt, Vol. 6, No. 4, The European Journal of Oriental Medicine

Author information

Nora Franglen has a degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, and worked as a translator whilst bringing up a young family. Her own experience of five element acupuncture led her to study at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, UK, and she continued her postgraduate studies there under J R Worsley. She was Founder/Principal of the School of Five Element Acupuncture (SOFEA) in London from 1995-2007 and continues her teaching through her practice, through postgraduate work in the UK, Europe and China, and now through her blog, She lives in London, UK.

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