Patient 18: Treatment (Earth)
See also treatment for Patient 5 (blog 24 Oct 10) for this patient’s previous treatment
Patient: Female, age 50
Number of years coming for treatment: 10 years
Number of prior treatments: Comes three or four times a year.
Problems today: Still worried about her weight, but has had a good couple of months, with some interesting freelance work. Has lower back pain, and has developed a slight sore throat with a cough.
1 XI 19 (Window of the Sky), in the region of where her throat feels sore, but also because she is trying to look forward and see what the new year will bring her
2 Bl 31, a point exactly over where she experiences her back pain
3 St 41, Sp 2
At the end of treatment: She said she felt calmer. Her colour had changed from a rather florid red to a more even yellow. One of the frequent reasons for diagnosing Earth as Fire is because people think that the kind of flushed red which suffuses the face when Earth is out of balance (Fire, mother element, unable to control its child) indicates Fire. In my opinion, Fire never has that overall red colour which both Earth and Wood can show (Wood because when it is out of balance it is unable to control its child, Fire). Instead I find that Fire out of balance usually goes a greyish-pink with blotches of red, and when in balance it still does not have that overall flushed red which can appear on Earth and Wood. This is one of the important lessons I have learned over the years. Students I have taught were always misdiagnosing Wood and Earth for Fire because they would pounce on the markedly flushed faces these elements can show and thought this always meant Fire.
Time of next treatment: She will have another treatment in about 6 weeks from now to get her through the remainder of the winter.
Proposals for next treatment: S 25 and Sp 15 (together) or AEPs.