You are obviously helping and he is returning for more - perfectionism is not helpful in clinic - as it is NOT our journey, but their healing to 'own' - and their story to be made different sense of - in their way and time.
A component of being a therapist is to bring yourself into the room â€“ and we have other senses or â€˜vibeâ€™ measures â€“ which possibly can be fine tuned â€“ and are through practice â€“ as in with any professions/artesian â€“ the longer they do whatever it is, the easier it appears to do what they do â€“ and the simpler the person would say what they do is.
By now, everything looks easy to me â€“ as it gets to be very formulaic â€“ and a matter of hardly thinking â€“ not that complacency comes in, but after thousands of stories, there are patterns emerging â€“ and not TCM or 5 phases or . . . . but in people and the feeling that is with them.
I was reflecting with a patient recently and I realised that I learnt Bach flower remedies at the same time I did Western herbal medicine - Chinese herbs were not happening 30 years ago so easily - and I would pendulum (shock/horror - where is the science?) a piece of their hair in the back room, and pop whatever came up for them in the herbal tinctures and hence I was 'playing' at a very different level - and this idea of causation comes even in TCM - 'cause' of disease - emotional - so why not go to something that is 'safe' - NLP/EFT whatever is about - and put another string to your bow as the CONTEXT we work in is our culture, and we can 'muddy' the purity of what is 'scrambled eggs' anyway as well as the next scholar - it works to come at different angles . . .
Patient comes in to feel better - not to prove Chinese medicine works - we know it does - it has (not in the form we are teaching it) been around a long time - the older less academic practitioners I suspect you will find all dabble in peripheral bits and pieces as we all genuinely want to help and one string to the bow is monotonous eventually and also a wee bit boring to the player . . ..
It can be very simple to stop thinking in treatment and just be with them.
The second run of back Shu
are a very elegant treatment â€“ all bilateral and just under the skin. I never , almost EVER do needle stimulation â€“ and this is more superficial â€“ the needles all flop over and some fall out. When they roll over the good old four gates â€“ Co 4, Liv 3
â€“ and there may have been a considerable Shen movement. I also almost NEVER use Ht 7 and I know that TCM does tend to suggest this â€“ but the Ht has a protector and Pc 7 could equally be used â€“ again hardly in at all .. . ...
Then there is my old standard â€“ Gv1
â€“almost none of my patients miss getting this at some stage â€“ esp all the â€˜infertileâ€™ ones â€“ it clears congestion in the pelvis . . . . and most men quake in their boots â€“ when you think of the indications via Gv luo meridian and the fact that so many fall on their coccyx, so many have considerable vertebral misalignment, pelvic congestion and depression, it starts to â€˜winâ€™ â€“ I am not suggesting s a point for your guy â€“ but a general query as to why it is not in the favourite list on everyoneâ€™s lips â€“ is not a TCM favourite . . .and it is a location/location/location issue I would say.
Not local piles, but what it actually does.
Similarly, the Mu points
donâ€™t get much of a mention â€“ stuff glossed over is fascinating to someone trained before the advent of â€˜action of pointsâ€™.
Look to the Xi Cleft points
- and of the Eight Extras if that was taught in college â€“ they are incredibly useful â€“ and people come in when just sedating them is all you need to do â€“ cancers along the line of the meridian, very tight neck and the St 34 or Gb 36 releases â€“ is all a matter of going back to what was â€˜taughtâ€™ and redefine for yourself what â€˜taughtâ€™ means.
There are many fashions of thinking and the current one throughout all modalities is not to educate to think, but WHAT to think (CONTENT). In clinic your key role is problem solver. Higher process assessment is not winning over ploughing through repeating what was to be 'learnt'. What is it 'to learn?" The content is not what gets you through, but your RELATIONSHIP to it. Play with it â€“ what does it mean? To be that guy?
Dr John Shen did not teach the way Dr Hammer has written his books. Dr Shen taught that the first stage of life â€“ up to birth â€“ carried the major impact for a person. Early life in some way damaged accounted for the next third of influences that ever affect a person â€“ and the last third covers year 10 to physical death â€“ so whatever 'bent' all of us from our blueprint/template is often not even in conscious memory â€“ esp considerable now looking at the types of birthing trauma (induction would be sufficient BEFORE all the chemicals and natural love hormone turn offs and eventual cord clamping starting off the breathing in a state of shock and abruption).
Why mention this? Shen shock. As all notions of prevention has been lost.
In TCM â€“ real causation has been lost (a lot of it is gone as it is not solid and too 'spiritual' - where is evil possession info when you need it - still in Tibetan medicine and that is another story - it was in Chinese version also .. . .) â€“ and thus we now, like good medical students everywhere, start somewhere up the chain of events as they eventually become so obvious.
I strongly suggest that as at present everything is free to download, you go to www.sharpen-up-your-results.com
and look for the Dr Shen notes to get you started here.
So it is not a matter of what was taught or your interpretation â€“ as there are myriad ways and unless you start enquiring/unless we as a discipline allow the breadth of human experience to be heard, it will all go the way of good midwifery care â€“ and how just on that - how many obstetricians can do an inspired forceps delivery or a set of twins without quaking? We are as humans becoming far too simplistic in everything â€“ and acupuncture is no exception.
As I am finished an adult teaching degree now and have been studying pedagogy, I can say that the content is very well down the list of why graduates have severe difficulty in being confidant and proficient in clinical practice.
If you Google â€˜lineage based acupuncture educationâ€™ you will find where the spirit may be found â€“ and without that driving the ship â€“ where are we but wannabe technicians and pseudo mechanics? Wendy Williams through www.shokanten.com
is keeping the spirit as per our common teacher Dr van Buren alive. There are those who say â€˜old fashionedâ€™/out of touch â€“ but this is to deny the man, like Dr Shen was a stunning magician/practitioner and knew people at a level that is seemingly absent in the current published and â€˜correctâ€™ writings.
People are individual â€“ their bodies carry the memories of all that happened â€“ even if they consciously cannot access this. What is happening to your fellow could be the beginning of a journey into a different mode of being â€“ and of course he is anxious - and sometimes it is as easy as a few herbs to nourish â€“ I chose Ginseng and Longan a lot for women as it assists the over nourishing that they do for others- and leave themselves dry.
We all often have so much RAGE that it fuels the anxiety/panic states that people say they have â€“ at the core they are playing â€“ too 'nice' and the effort wears all out eventually. Is why so many are on drugs of various descriptions â€“ clears the head/cuts the inner chatter and gives them temporarily some quiet â€“ hence I go back to these simple formulaic measures.
Also â€“ if you follow Wendyâ€™s work â€“ you will learn a non TCM style that has stood the test of time â€“ and there are myriad others â€“ most getting lost as they are not published. Master Tongâ€™s work via Miriam Lee is another gem.
We all end up having our own styles. The formal education process is one way of having content thrust upon us. There are many other ways - and one is not to be so 'either/or' about life.
There may be other explanations as to why what you thought re moxa and false heat/full heat APPEARS to be out of step with what I said.
One of the myriad is things presented so simplistically can muddy the waters.
Another is that the styles of treatment found in a tertiary education are not mirroring what a good practitioner may choose to do - for various reasons - including that experience has been written out and â€˜evidence basedâ€™ is in â€“ and in time we may rue this. The test of time was never TCM - and the anecdotal and the decades it took to be a good practitioner can not be bought through passing the examination hurdles - it may be that one day there are other options open for those wishing to become great healers . . .. remembering we are all on a personal evolutionary path and have a soul purpose is not PC in either TCM or in western medicine and both of these are presently defining what is taught . .
Our patients need a more rounded approach if we are to 'service' them well. . .starting with ourselves, we can at least be on the same inner journey (cultivating mindfulness rather than statistics) and hopefully a little further along the way. The sages were also craftspeople artists philosophers - they lived and were people too - balance in all things.