Sarah was sent to me with stress, anxiety and all over bilateral knee pain! She said that others kept telling her she was stressed but that she wasn’t aware of it. She had received acupuncture before for a shoulder problem and didn’t really remember if it worked or not. She was a closed type who didn’t like to give to much away, and really didn’t particularly want to be in for treatment (she was coming to me through the free drug clinic service). She seemed to be suspicious and was reluctant to discuss her situation but because others felt that she was on edge she thought she would do her appointment with me just to shut them up! It was obvious that she didn’t want to discuss emotional issues so I asked her if she had any pain? She cautiously said that both knees caused her a lot of pain and that going up and down the stairs was very difficult. Great, I thought. Here is my way to show her just how powerful abdominal acupuncture is. Hopefully I would win her trust!
Bearing in mind that she was a reluctant participant I decided that a minimal treatment was necessary. This was not the type of person to flaff over! I asked her to bend and flex each knee and to focus on the pain that resulted. She did this and had no problem putting a reference score of 10 out of 10 on each of the knees. I explained a little about what I was planning on doing and told her that I was hoping to ease or resolve her knee pains within minutes of starting the treatment. As she was so cagey I wanted to have my own reference points for her pain so I palpated and found painful points on her knees. The worst pain was behind the patella and around Sp 10 (Xue Hai) she visibly flinch as I pressed these points, giving me all the information I needed!
Figure 1: Sara's prescription
I palpated quickly and discovered obvious small nodes around the Ab 4 (Knee) and just about 0.6-0.7 cun medial to Ab 4 (Knee) close to Ab 5 (medial Knee) points on both sides.
The prescription used was "Heaven & Earth" Ren 12 (Zhongwan) and Ren 4 (Guanyuan) Ab4 (B) and the medial ahshi points were used to reflect the painful ahshi points I had found on her legs. I directed Ren 12 (Zhongwan) towards Ren 4 (Guanyuan) in order to give maximum effect and to harmonise the heart and kidneys. The depth of these points was down to the earth level at approximately 1.25 cun. The Ab 4 (Knee) and ahshi points went to depths of between 0.2-0.4 cun at which they gave brilliant results. I checked how the knees were and encouraged Sarah to repeat the movements from earlier and compare the reference scores. She acknowledged that the knees felt much better and I confirmed this by pressing on the painful points I had located earlier revealing there was no negative response from Sarah, and indicating that the pain had completely gone. I left Sarah to relax and enjoy the space, when the session was finished she had no pain and even spoke a little more freely and asked how abdominal acupuncture worked.
I spoke with Sarah the following week and she was much more enthusiastic and light hearted than the first occasion I saw her. She said that she was feeling good in herself and that the knee pain was a lot better. She only got the odd pain going up and down stairs. I will be seeing her again for another scheduled appointment and she even asked if she could come in again sooner. This one treatment was fast, effective and worked at many levels and even won over a hardened skeptic!