Happy Belated Mother's Day to all Moms!!! I hope you had a
very special and relaxing weekend! Hopefully you had a day of
relaxation, or at least moments of the day were filled with
In addition to celebrating Mother's Day this weekend, classes
started for the new trimester this past week.
personally consider both the start and the end of each
trimester a mini-celebration, as each segment of time shows the
beginning or end to another chapter of learning.
This week I was able to see the affects of acupuncture on pain
patients very clearly. While I was fortunate to be a part of
treating many pain patients, one patient agreed to share her
treatment with this blog. This patient is a 61-year-old female
who injured her foot. She may have broken 1-2 toes, but had
not received X-rays at the time of her treatment. (Notice
bruising on center toe.) It was decided to treat the foot distally,
which means far away from her foot. One of the most conducive
aspects of acupuncture is there are many ways to treat one
pathology. If it's decided treating locally is not the best
option, there are still many more options for treatment.
In this case, treating the patient's foot via auricular
acupuncture was determined to be the best option. The patient
received five needles in the ear on the same side as the injured
foot. She received a needle in the following auricular points:
toes, lumber, shenmen, point zero, and kidney. These points
help to reduce the pain, while also helping the patient feel
relaxed. Additionally, they help treat the patient's root
energy, which will greater exacerbate a healing response.
The patient reported feeling a remarkable decrease in foot and
back pain. The patient had a previous back injury worsened by
the change in her gait (walk) as a result of the foot injury.
Before receiving acupuncture, the patient rated the pain as a 6/10
on the VAS pain scale, 10 being measured as the worst pain
possible. After the treatment, the patient rated her pain as
2/10. I followed up the treatment with auricular seeds; they are
small metal beads that stick on the patient's ear. Ear seeds
are a form of acupressure that allow for continued treatment after
the patient leaves the clinic. By pushing on the ear seeds,
the patient triggers a healing and analgesic (feel-good and pain
reducing) response. The analgesic response is much like taking
pain medicine to decrease the pain. I will learn at the
patient's follow-up visit, how the ear seeds affected
I find observing pain patients' responses fascinating, as
usually through about 5 needles, the patients have a significant
decrease in pain that typically holds through the follow-up
visit. This is something I could never imagined possible
before becoming a student of AOM!