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Taoism and its Influence on Acupuncture

Tao Te Ching by Lau-tzu, a New English Version by Stephen Mitchell, Chapter 64

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
You ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing, thus has nothing to lose.

What he desires is non-desire;
What he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
Of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he cares for all things.


The Tao is considered the basic principle of the universe, the Way.  Five Element Acupuncture helps a person to get in touch with his/her Tao in order to be in balance and deal with life as it comes with a flexible body and mind, and a healthy spirit.  A person seeks balance and will speak to the Practitioner about what is happening on many levels, which translates to specific point sequences in order to achieve harmony of body, mind, and spirit.