Vision Statement

To bring healing through the depth, heart and spirit of the Five Element tradition, in full harmony with nature and other healing arts.

Mission Statement

The mission of Academy for Five Element Acupuncture is to educate highly effective, compassionate and successful Five Element practitioners who provide exceptional, personalized patient care.


Rooted in the Five Element Tradition.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
– Albert Einstein

The Academy’s faculty, staff, and students recognize healing from the artistry and poetry of the Five Element perspective, which is deeply rooted in the natural world and treats the body, mind, and spirit. The Academy respects the efficacy of working in concert with other healing modalities, creating profound balance, harmony and well-being.


The essential point in the treatment of an illness is to root oneself in the five spirits of the person: to know whether they dwell or have been lost, whether one possesses or loses them, to know if the intent is for death or life.
– Taisu; Larre & Rochat de la Vallee, 1995

One of the most distinguishing and exciting values of the Five Element tradition is its priority on treating at the level of spirit. The Academy is highly committed to the traditional value of working with each person’s unique connection to spirit in order to achieve the highest level of care.

Inner Development.

What is virtue? It is to hold yourself to the fullest development as a person and as a responsible member of the human community.
– Arthur Dobrin

Transformation is a process involving self-awareness and personal growth. The Academy emphasizes inner development of faculty, staff and students, encouraging cultivation of intention, humility, compassion, mindfulness and integrity in all aspects of their daily lives.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
– Aristotle

In order to maintain the highest possible standard both academically and clinically, the Academy promotes excellence in faculty, staff and students, and is continually assessing and enriching all aspects of the Academy experience, balancing innovation with core essentials and a strong foundation.

Community and Service.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Academy places a high value on creating a school community committed to achieving a unified set of goals that is enhanced by a spirit of service, encouraging and supporting each individual to focus on the larger context. Through service and participation in public events, we strive to carry this sense of community to the world at large.