Patient 20: Treatment (Earth)
Patient: Male, age 62
Number of years coming for treatment: 3 years
Number of prior treatments: Phones for a treatment whenever he feels his energy dropping.
Main complaint: Originally came for treatment for chronic ashma. That has now disappeared completely, and is never mentioned by the patient. Over the years has had problems with a hyperactive thyroid, but that is under control through medication (and presumably also through acupuncture treatment, though it is never possible to say which has proved the more successful if a patient is receiving two different forms of therapy)
Problems today: Sudden onset of extreme fatigue which he cannot attribute to any particular cause. Everything going well both in his work and at home with his family. Can become dizzy when he sits up.
1 I rechecked AE, since he had not come for about 6 months. There was none.
2 St 8 (Head Tied) because it was where he put his hand when describing the dizziness.
3 St 4 (Earth Granary): he works very much in his head, churning thoughts around all the time. I have found that Earth patients will abruptly stop talking when I needle this point, as though they are at last able to swallow their thoughts.
4 St 36, Sp 3: I like to use Leg Three Miles as a strengthening point, giving the knee (and the Stomach) the strength to get moving. I use Sp 3 with it, as a companion point, because both are Earth points within the Earth element.
At the end of treatment: Colour had changed, cheeks looked rounder and he looked generally softer
Time of next treatment: He will phone when he feels he needs another treatment. I suggested it would be good to come as we turn into spring.
Proposals for next treatment: There are so many points on the Earth element from which to choose. If I think he is still somewhat unsettled, I may think of points like St 19 Not at Ease (at the same horizontal level as CV 14, and I therefore associate it with taking something of what CV 14 offers), or Sp 20 Encircling Glory (which I see as acting as a kind of embrace for Earth, as it lies on either side of the chest). And I love the names of both points, a good enough reason for choosing a point, if all else fails, since we will be adding our delight in what the names evoke in us to the power of our needling.