Five Elements Acupuncture

Meet Johnny Childs, a licenced acupuncturist (Lic.Ac) who apprenticed under Gerad Kite.

He currently works alongside Gerad at the Wimpole Street clinic, and while welcoming patients with all kinds of symptoms, he is an expert in providing acupuncture treatment for people looking for help with fertility.

The Kite Clinic is often referred to as the most lauded acupuncture clinic in the country, and now the residents of West London have the skill and expertise of Johnny available at Lazeo Clinic.

Prior to becoming an acupuncturist Johnny was an actor and a stunt man and also achieved Black Belt (3rd Dan) in karate, which he also taught for many years. In 2015 Johnny joined the faculty of LIFEA (London Institute of Five Element Acupuncture) and now heads the ‘Point Location’ team responsible for teaching and maintaining excellence in the location of acupuncture points.

What is Five-Element Acupuncture?

Johnny is a renowned Five-Element Acupuncturist, as taught by the late Professor J.R. Worsley, and performs well over 1000 treatments every year.

He does his utmost to help the people that seek his help to improve from all kinds of emotional and physical symptoms and in many cases patients have told him that acupuncture treatment has completely changed their lives.

Gerad Kite is recognised internationally as an Acupuncture Master and a Fertility Expert. In his book, ‘The Art of Baby Making’, his knowledge and experience is distilled into a practical guide to help people create the optimum conditions to create new life.

Johnny works alongside him and engages in continuing professional development to maintain the excellent level of care he is now internationally renowned for.

Five-Element Acupuncture originated in China well over 2000 years ago, and has been passed down from Master to Student both through the study of texts and oral teaching. An unbroken lineage has maintained the transmission of an astounding body of knowledge of health, illness and the human condition.

What are the Five Elements?

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, the entire universe can be observed and experienced through the five elements as found in nature; Wood, Water, Fire, Earth and Metal.

In humankind we can observe these elements manifesting in many different ways: for example – five pairings of organs, five distinct emotions, sounds, smells and colours. Each organ of the body corresponds to one of the elements, which in turn corresponds to one of the seasons of the year. The elements they are the five distinct phases through which all things pass from their beginning to their end.


Wood represents our capacity to be born and grow and is associated with the season of spring; it rises up with vision and determination to realise the plan of growth and renewal. Wood gives us the structure and flexibility to create our lives with hope and optimism, overcoming obstacles and creating our path.

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Fire gives us the capacity to warm and open and is associated with the season of summer. It gives us warmth, the capacity to love and to be loved. It enables us to mature and blossom  and its function is to help us relate. Here we find our passion, our ability to feel joy in all our endeavours. Feeling emotionally protected by love we communicate with openness and honesty.

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Earth gives us the capacity to receive and be satisfied and is associated with the season of late summer and a time of harvesting. This element gives us the ability to nurture ourselves and others. By feeling centred and grounded it enables us to understand ourselves and sympathise with others without losing our sense of self.

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Metal gives us the capacity to see the quality and value of life and is associated with the season of autumn. It gives us our sense of self worth and a capacity to look at what lies beyond ourselves and the power to let go.

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Water gives the capacity to find our inner power and deepest sense of self. It is associated with the season of winter, pausing in time to regenerate and gather strength. Water gives us the power to adapt and the will and drive to fulfil the potential given to us at birth.

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Indications for Five-Element Acupuncture

The World Health Organisation endorses the use of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions.

Including: Backache, Headache, Migraine, Stress, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia, Arthritis, Irregular or Painful Periods, High Blood Pressure, Infertility, Eczema, Chronic Fatigue

The Treatment

Diagnosis involves looking at a patient’s constitutional and emotional make-up; their strengths and weaknesses.

At the initial consultation a patient will be asked about their main complaint and to give a full medical history. It is also important to mention at this point that we always have a good number of patients who present no particular health problems but are undertaking treatment to maintain their good health, and as preventative medicine.

The actual treatment plan will then be based around each individual’s needs, taking into consideration age, medical symptoms, general constitution and life circumstances. The treatment journey takes the patient from pathology to good health and through to accessing their full potential.

A common question asked is how long should a patient expect to be receiving treatment? A typical course of treatment would be a weekly appointment for four weeks, progressing to fortnightly and then proceeding to longer intervals as necessary. Obviously, individual cases vary, and some conditions may take longer to treat, and this will be explained at diagnosis.

Needles are used, but as Vogue magazine says, “there’s no need to fear needles when the results are this rewarding”.

Treatments are short and sharp, targeting key points to release the right energy for your element. After a few sessions, the acupuncture can feel like everything from a sharp, electrical burst, to a dull bruise-like ache, or you may just find you sleep better or find life that bit easier.

After the treatment

Each treatment is unique and the effects of the treatment are also different for each individual.

Results may be noticed immediately, or require a few sessions. Most people often describe a feeling of relaxation and invigoration after the treatment.

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