So yesterday I posted a graph of a 37-year-old female patient, who was complaining of low back pain, abdominal bloating and constipation, poor digestion and exhaustion. She felt terrible, but her graph was practically perfect. If you didn’t see it yet, you can find it here.
When I posted the case, I asked you to tell me your next move, and how you would explain a nearly perfect graph and a perfectly miserable patient.
Here’s the rest of the story:
As you can see, my next move was to perform a jing-well point graph, since the source point graph showed no significant findings. And the jing-well graph was terrible. The most significant finding here is the “belt block”–which refers to a major upper/lower imbalance. A 51% lower dominance, to be precise.
The Belt Block is caused by a disturbance of the Dai Mai meridian, which interrupts the smooth flow of Chi up and down the torso, leading to an imbalance between upper and lower. It can manifest as either upper dominant or lower dominant, and often produces symptoms similar to the ones this patient was experiencing.
Belt Blocks can be caused by physical trauma such as an automobile accident or a fall but is just as likely to have a mental/emotional cause. In either case, the best approach to restore normal flow is by addressing the master point of the Dai Mai, GB 41, along with its associated point, TE 5. This was the approach I used with this patient, who found almost immediate relief.
The two take-home lessons are as follows:
1. If a symptomatic patient has an excellent graph, examine the other set of points to look for the imbalance. In other words, if the source graph is great, look at the jing-well graph, and vice versa.
2. Whenever you see a significant upper-lower imbalance, add GB 41 and TE 5 to your treatment to restore the function of the Dai Mai. You’ll be glad you did.