Notes for the following treatments:


Abbreviations used: CV/GV = Ren/Du, HP (Heart Protector) = Pericardium (P), Aggressive Energy (AE).
All points needled using tonification technique except for certain recognised protocols, such as AE drain.
Moxa cones applied before treatment except where contraindicated.
Number of cones and needle depth taken from JR Worsley's Point Reference Guide.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Patient 32 Metal Treatment 4

For this patient’s first three treatments, see Blog of 12 August 2011

Patient’s comments since I saw her last week:
“Now I feel detached and can see all the things that have happened to me in the right way.  I am assessing my life.”

Treatment given today:

1      Windows:  Co 18, Lu 3
2    Co 4, Lu 9
This was a simple, but, in its very simplicity, a very beautiful treatment.  The patient looked glowing as she left, and we decided between us that her next treatment could now be in two weeks, as she feels so good. 

Proposal for next treatment:   Bl 39 (44) or Lu 1

Two points about today’s treatment: 
a.  When to use Windows: I mentioned at the end of my last Blog on this patient that I was considering doing Windows very soon for her, because “she is already “seeing” a lot”.  It is interesting how often a patient mentions the word “seeing” when their element starts to be in control and is helping them put their life in perspective.  This is most likely to happen with Metal, which is the element above all that wants to see things in their true colour, to assess their true value.  And, significantly, this patient used both the word “see” and “assess” here.

The other element which needs to “see” things properly, and revels in doing this, is the inner aspect of Fire, the SI and Ht aspect.  The Small Intestine’s role is to assess what is appropriate for the Heart, and it is no coincidence that it is the only official to have two Windows, SI 16 and 17.  These two, the Metal element and Inner Fire, will appreciate having their Windows opened more than any of the other elements or officials.  So it is likely that we do these points quite frequently for them to help them in their task of sorting (SI) and assessing, then letting go (Lu and Co).  Here the Small and the Large Intestines have similar work to do, but at different stages of the process of taking in and eliminating.

There is no point deciding to do the Windows if you feel the patient is still very much “in the dark” about where they are going in their life.  Some light must be filtering into the dark spaces where we wander when our life is troubled before we are ready to be able to cope with the very bright light which Windows can cast upon us.  We may find that we do the Windows too soon, and nothing much happens, and then we need to wait a little, and do them again a little further on, when treatment has helped the patient move forward enough to value this extra light thrown on their life.  As practitioners, our own Windows need to be wide open to assess when to do or not to do the Windows for our patients!

b.  Spacing of treatments:  When I start spacing treatments more widely, I always tell patients that, if they feel treatment is not holding (and Metal, more than any other element, is very clear about this), they should phone for an earlier appointment.  You don’t want to give a patient the feeling that you may be banishing them from the practice room as you extend the times between treatments.  It is always a somewhat delicate question as to how to space treatments, and we can get it wrong sometimes, either by making them too frequent for too long (the most common error – perhaps consciously or unconsciously a practitioner’s eye on their own finances comes into play here!), or by spacing them too widely too quickly.  Some practitioners have told me that they may be relieved to do this, particularly in the case of what they might consider “difficult” patients, i.e., patients with whom they have failed to develop a good relationship.  It is always good to review our own particular way of spacing treatments, and look carefully at what our reasons for doing this are.  Each patient will demand a different schedule of treatments, some needing weekly treatments for a long time, others, as with this patient, feeling happy to go out and confront their life on their own, with less frequent support from their practitioner.

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