5 element acupuncture

The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have
issued countless glowing endorsements on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine to treat
a wide variety of physical and mental conditions.


gynecological concerns


circulatory concerns


gastrointestinal concerns


Colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema

respiratory concerns


Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis

Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, diabetes

Menopausal syndrome, menstrual irregularity, low sexual drive, endometriosis, PMS, infertility

dermatology concerns




emotional/neurological concerns


Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, pain with golf swing, TMJ, sciatica, back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, Epstein Barr

musculoskeletal concerns


Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headache, migraine, dizziness, tinnitus, trauma, fatigue, exhaustion, pain (emotional/physical)

Pre-surgery preparation & Post-surgery healing

A wide variety of skin conditions

Acupuncture Treatment for Common Health Concerns

Melissa Maki, LAc, AP, DOM, CCT

Melissa Maki was born and raised in Ithaca, NY. Melissa attended SUNY Plattsburgh, NY where she received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1994. Her first Master's degree came from Syracuse University, NY in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1998. 
She worked for the Counseling Service in Addison County based in Middlebury, VT for 12 years in the roles of a clinician for the Emergency Team for Children & Families, an Adult & Youth outpatient therapist, a School-Based therapist for Middlebury High School, and a clinic supervisor.
In 2009, she was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a therapy for post-traumatic stress that has been studied extensively and is often used for military personnel. 
Melissa received a second Master's degree from The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in September 2012. She also received a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Studies in July 2013. The Acupuncture and Herbal studies program is a four year program that is 155 credit hours which encompasses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and biomedical sciences. The fourth year is spent in the classroom and on-site clinic where 180 direct treatment hours were completed. After completion of this program four national board exams were taken which focused on theory, acupuncture point location and usage, Western biomedicine, and herbs. Upon completion of these exams a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine was issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine to Melissa.
In March 2019, Melissa was trained in Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (Thermography) as a Certified Clinical Thermographer (CCT) from the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT). She provides full body, women’s health, breast, and immune system scans. 

In 2023, Melissa trained and was certified in CFT, cranio-sacral fascial therapy. This unique modality opens up and releases the cranio-sacral system and the fascial system together to unwind dysfunctional patterns in our connective tissue resulting from accidents, trauma (including birth and dental), injuries, and any experience that negatively effects our vitality.
Melissa opened her Five Element Acupuncture practice in Essex, NY in 2013. In November of 2016, Melissa opened Gratitude For Wellness in Willsboro, NY. Gratitude for Wellness serves a large geographical clientele including the southern most town of Crown Point, NY, the western most town of Saranac Lake, NY, the northern most town of Chazy, NY and the eastern most town of Middlebury, VT.

Melissa currently resides on Willsboro Point. She loves hiking, kayaking, boating on Lake Champlain, cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

meet melissa!

“Melissa is amazing. Years ago I worked with several highly-respected acupuncturists and she’s clearly the best, both because of her many skills as well as her warmth and empathy. Our small community is blessed to have someone so talented.”


“Acupuncture with Melissa offers physical and mental solace to the client. Most importantly it provides hope. Melissa is gentle and kind which in my mind is wonderful in a health care provider.”


“Melissa has treated me for a variety of issues and is truly amazing. She is passionate, knowledgeable and caring. The quality of my life has improved under her care and for that I am eternally grateful.”


about acupuncture

Acupuncture is the oldest, professional, continually practiced, literate medicine in the world. This medical system's written literature stretches back almost 3,000 years. Acupuncture is an effective choice for general health and well-being or for the treatment of diseases which modern Western medicine either does not understand or for which it has no effective treatment. Furthermore, acupuncture can also speed up the healing process when used in conjunction with modern Western practices. 
5 Element Acupuncture goes beyond just the symptoms and treats the root causes of the imbalances in our body (symptoms we feel) caused by internal and external stressors that affect the vital energy (Qi). If these imbalances are left untreated they become the root cause of illness/disease in the body/mind/spirit. It is not always necessary to have a specific symptom to benefit from acupuncture. Very often the first signs of energy imbalance are little discomforts which we learn to ignore (and which often do not reveal any specific cause on medical tests) such as poor, un-refreshing sleep or general fatigue or aches/pains.

In acupuncture, the body is made up of energy pathways, called meridians. These meridians (vital energy) pass through and nourish organ systems, tissue, bone, etc. Meridians are like highways of energy within our body. Acupuncture, for example, clears debris off the highways, removes accidents, and maintains the safety of our roadways so that our Qi (vital energy) can travel smoothly in every direction it needs to go.
The individual is a complex organism where every aspect of function is interrelated. Any energetic malfunction affecting one organ system, will ultimately affect all of the others. Illness arises as a result of some blockage or interference in the natural flow of Qi (vital energy). Treating a symptom by itself would ultimately either recreate the original symptom or force the imbalance to manifest as another symptom elsewhere. 
A symptom in the body, for example, is like a drainage malfunction underneath the highway. It would be futile to simply pave over the crumbling highway. Rather, to do the job right, you would need to fix the drainage issue and then repave the highway. People receiving acupuncture may initially report feeling better in themselves before they begin to notice symptoms recede. 

They may sleep better, and perhaps get along better with partners, family, friends, and colleagues. They often report they have more overall vitality. Some people find that they are able to work more efficiently and effectively.

Methods of treatment

Acupuncture seeks to regulate the flow of Qi and blood within the body by either inserting fine, sterile needles at certain acupoints or warming certain acupoints by using moxibustion. Needles are most often the size of a shaft of hair. Needles are used to clear energetic blockages, redirect energy, tonify or disperse energy and to generally re-establish harmony among all of the organ systems.