Patient: Female, age 29
Number of years coming for treatment: 2
Number of prior treatments: 9, last treatment in spring
Original problems: Lack of focus in her work, problems with periods, often misses out a month or two.
Change since start of treatment: Work is going very smoothly now, and she really enjoys it. Periods still a problem. She hasn’t had a period since June.
Problems today: Just wants her “autumn seasonal treatment”, she tells me. She and her partner are thinking of trying for a family soon, and the problem with her periods worries her. Feeling rather stiff in knees and ankles, and a sore neck for the past two days. I thought carefully about whether I would find a CV/GV (Ren Mai/Du Mai) block, which is a likely cause for interrupted menstruation.
1 I could not feel any block on the pulses, therefore needled: AEPs (back shu) of Wood
2 GB 20 (she liked the feel of this point, because it helped relax her tight neck muscles)
3 CV (Ren Mai) 5: She had a slightly colder Lower Jiao and very cold hands, and this is one of the alarm points of the Three Heater. I think this will bring energy to the Lower Heater, and help towards re-activating her periods.
4 GB 34, Li 4: GB 34 is at the knee, and will undoubtedly help her stiff knees by giving energy to the Gall Bladder pathway. Li 4 transfer energy from GB to Li, and is also an ankle point, to help the stiffness in her ankles.
At the end of treatment: She said she felt a little less stiff, and I thought her colour was healthier.
Time of next treatment: She wanted to know whether she should come more frequently in the New Year to help conception. I will see her in January, and then assess how often I need to see her. If her periods are still so irregular, I will do the CV/GV (Ren Mai/Du Mai) block. It never hurts to do a block, even if we are not sure if one is there. We should never rely only on our pulse-taking sensitivity if there is some reason why a block could be indicated, as here.
Proposals for next treatment: CV/GV block, watch for other blocks. Will be coming back from another long trip abroad, and this may affect her general health.