Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Karen GilesM.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl Ac. (NCCAOM) Karen Giles is a nationally board certified, New York State licensed acupuncturist. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Karen earned a Master of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. As the first accredited acupuncture program in the United States, Tai Sophia’s Master of Acupuncture program combines rigorous classroom teaching with rich clinical experiences in Five Element Acupuncture. As a result, Karen has a strong theoretical and philosophical foundation of how to treat each of her patients with skill, compassion, and care. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine that relies on the body's natural healing ability. This system of healing, originating in China thousands of years ago, uses the body's network of energy pathways called meridians, which function like a system of rivers. When balanced, energy (called qi or "chee") runs smoothly. When blocked, much like a tree or dam impacting a river, pathways become affected. The result is less than optimal health and/or illness. Using extremely fine, sterilized needles, the acupuncturist stimulates specific points on meridians directing energy back into balance promoting healing and relief from “dis-ease”. Five Element Style Acupuncture Five Element style acupuncture is based on the laws of nature. Diagnosis and treatments are derived from the movement in nature’s cycles and seasons, which correlate with the flow of meridians and points in the body.The elements are recognized as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element has its strength in a season of nature and is represented in the body by specific organ systems and functions, as well as a person’s vocal sound, facial color, emotion and scent. Just as all the seasons make up the whole of nature, all the elements make up the whole individual.Five Element acupuncture allows each person to be treated as the individual they are… not just the symptoms they have. Learn More How Can Five Element Acupuncture Help You?