Another week and another momentous amount of discovery as I forge on to be a great positive, courageous, outrageous success at what I do in Chinese medicine!
Firstly I had a lovely patient who came in to clinic. Brand new business owner under all sorts of financial and business pressure. Ouch. He came in for a chat and I decided to do an acupuncture treatment for him. The day before he got a check in the same clinic, that I work in, with one of the doctors. His blood pressure was through the roof! I mainly did calming points and some well known blood pressure points.
Like “hunting a tiger”. Why do I say that? I’m always trying to broach that gap between theory and reality in Chinese medicine. What is reality in Chinese medicine come to think of it!? Ha ha. It depends… The patient came back to clinic the day after for a follow up with the same doctor and I happened to be in clinic too. What do you know? He isn’t on meds and his blood pressure was dramatically reduced. I chatted to the doctor about it. We like it!
Another lovely patient came into clinic. This time a doctor as a patient. Me: a little bit nervous. We chatted. Turns out this person has a bad case of viral conjunctivitis, both eyes. In fact I could clearly see it. The redness and the discomfort was obvious.
As you would expect with any professional, they follow their profession, as would I. Anyway after using steroid drops and so on the eyes were still very uncomfortable. What do I do? Well firstly the face is a tough place. I know some people who can’t go near the throat, let alone the face. However luckily for me one of my most constant patients at the UTS clinic when I was at university as a student was a face patient. They had terrible jaw pain that I was constantly treating them each to give them relief. Back to the doctor. I decide to go for all the indicated points for such a case. Mainly around the eyes. Ever done Stomach one? It’s above the eye socket bone, in the hollow below the actual eye. I suddenly realise I am doing this to a doctor. “What is the mechanism for this and that”, “How can you prove that a meridian is real?”.
Anyway I went for it. I did Gall Bladder 1, Stomach 1. Actually I backed out of Bladder 1. I decided on Bladder 2 as I have read that this can be just as effective. I did go through informed consent with the fact that there maybe micro bruising though… I hope that there isn’t a black eye..! After I put the needles in I left, but turning off the lights as requested, poor old Liver energy stress. When I came back in to check there was deep snoring. All was well. I’ll have to give you and update of results next week!