A Five Element Acupuncture Perspective on Treating Patients

Location: 4701 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX. 78745 (Room E-1)

From: October 26, 2019 at 9:00am to: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 6:00pm


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There are several differences between Five Element Acupuncture and other styles of Acupuncture. Some of the differences include: Diagnosis, needle technique, treatment planning, pulse taking, moxa, and the use of acupuncture points. Join Mary Ellen Metke, Kathleen Robinson, and Randi Savage in learning more about how they practice Five Element Acupuncture. Participants will get an overview of the history of Five Element Acupuncture; review of the elements, organs, and associations; and, understand the role of symptoms in relation to diagnosis. The instructors will incorporate experiential and “hands-on” as part of the learning.


The second day begins with learning and understanding the importance of what it means to be “in-rapport” with a patient. How do we achieve this? Why is this important? The day will include treatment planning, use of acupuncture points for the Spirit of the Point, needling and moxa techniques, as well as more experiential exercises and hands-on practice.



Mary Ellen Metke:

Mary Ellen began her studies in Chinese medicine with Ben Lo in 1980. She began teaching Tai chi and Qi Gong in 1985, then went on to study Five Element Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) in Columbia, Maryland and graduated in 1989. Mary Ellen did an intensive training in England with Dr. JR Worlsey, participated in Teacher Training, and the Master Apprentice Program. She attended/hosted patient consults for 20 years with JR and Judy Worsley as well as Hilary Skellon. Mary Ellen has been a teacher and clinical supervisor at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) since 2000. She has built and maintained a thriving Five Element Acupuncture practice in Boulder, CO since 1989 and continues to teach Tai chi and Qigong. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Acupuncture through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Email:



Kathleen Robinson:

Kathleen studied directly under Dr. JR Worsely at his school in Leamington Spa, England from 1988-1990. She continued studying annually with Dr. Worsley doing Teacher Training and the Master Apprentice Program as well as on going patient consultation days. Following his death in 2003, she attended annual consultation days with Judy Becker Worsley until 2016. Kathleen has written curriculum, taught Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, and served as faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, Colorado since 1992. She brings 30 years of experience to her acupuncture practice and students. With a focus on treating and teaching the underlying cause of illness, per the tenants of pure Five Element Acupuncture, both patients and students develop an awareness and embody an understanding of this powerful medicine's impact on the body, mind and spirit. Five Element Acupuncture saved her life. She believes it can do the same for others. As such, she both teaches and treats from that perspective. Email:



Randi Savage:

Randi has been studying, practicing, and teaching Tai chi and Qi Gong since 1997. She started her Five Element Acupuncture studies in 2003 at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA), earning her Licentiate and Master’s in Acupuncture in 2006. Randi continued her acupuncture education at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture in 2018. She has been teaching and doing clinical supervision at ITEA since 2013. Randi participated in the Five Element Acupuncture Teacher Training Program with Dr. Judy Worsley. She also helped to coordinate and assist at the Master Apprentice Program, as well as yearly consultation days in Seattle, Portland, and Louisville, CO. Randi served as Vice President of the Worsley Institute for 5 years. She has taught Western medicine courses at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO and at AOMA in Austin, TX as a guest lecturer. Randi also worked with Acupuncturists Without Borders for several years and started the first all acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps in the United States in Colorado in 2014. She sold her thriving Five Element Acupuncture practice in Lafayette, CO in 2018, moved to Texas to care for her elderly parents and to focus on teaching Five Element Acupuncture, as well as volunteer work for NCCAOM. Currently, she serves on the Eligibility and Exam Writing Committees as a Guest Volunteer. Randi travels between Texas and Colorado to continue to teach and supervise Five Element Acupuncture at ITEA on a regular basis. Randi blends her Western medicine knowledge (Master’s in Nursing) into her Five Element practice and teachings. Email: