Last week, we had a tutoring session on the Triple Energizer. (If you missed it…click here and catch up!)
This week, I decided to put my research to the test on several patients. I was amazed with the breakthrough results received by a patient who has been stuck with high Triple Energizer graph results for a very long time.
Typically, I can get great results simply with balancing the graph, but this patient seemed to be an anomaly.
- Chronic headaches (tension and migraine), neck pain and shoulder pain–since college; worse in the last two years
- Runs towards constipation and has a lot of bloating and gas
- Allergies and phlegm
- Irritable and stressed; type A personality
- Energy level: 5/10; runs hot, occasional night sweats
- Infertility issues
Notice that the Triple Energizer is always high? Today, I’m not going to focus on how I treated her for each visit. I will say this much though; with every patient, the first thing I do is balance the graph. For her, I consistently focused my treatments on balancing the graph and then treating for musculoskeltal relief. Often, I added in extra strategies such as e-stim, cupping, auricular therapy, distal treatment, and massage. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get that Triple Energizer to budge.
Last week, I graphed her and her graph looked like this.
I decided to try out some of the new information that I had learned about the Triple Energizer channel. That day, she had extreme bloating, gas, allergies, phlegm, constipation, and a lingering headache.
By looking at the graph, my first guess was that her shoulder tension and headache were worse on the right. Notice how all of the hand channels are a little higher on the right. Notice also, that the Bladder channel is worse on the right.
First, I balanced the graph according to the Yin/Yang chart.
- Liver is low
- Kidney is borderline low
- Lung is lingering at high
- Obvious tendinomuscular problems. I ignore those channels for now, because my plan is to do a tendinomuscular ashi treatment on her back when I turn her over.
What I did that was different:
Because the Triple Energizer channel is constantly out of balance for her, I palpate both the TE and the GB channels. She has bumps but no tenderness.
I added TE 6 and GB 34 to her treatment to dredge the channels. I also added in CV 17, ST 25 and CV 7. Each of these points are specific for the upper, middle and lower burner. I decided to add in all three because she was having problems with all three burners that day.
When she left, she didn’t feel much different, but was hopeful that her headache would dissipate.
Two days later, she returned for treatment and this is what her graph looked like!
You may look at this graph and think that it doesn’t look so good, because there are still imbalances.
To me, this patient has made a huge improvement, simply because of the major shift in the the TE channel. I was amazed and she was too.
It’s funny how your patients begin to narrow in on the problems in their own graphs. In the entire eight months that I had been treating her, I was not able to make an extreme shift in the TE channel. Occasionally, we could get it to turn green, but it was always borderline on high and needed to be treated anyway. As for her symptoms, she reported that she had been headache free for two days and that the extreme bloating and constipation was GONE.
I’m really excited to add this treatment strategy into my toolbox.
Consider the Shao/Yang treatment when you have problems with the Triple Energizer channel, and also when you find that there is excess in both the TE and GB channels.
You can train your eye to see these types of graph problems by looking at the Yin/Yang graph. Here is an example of what you might be looking for.
I’ll end today’s blog with a quote that is on the wall in my office:
The mediocre doctor believes that the study of the Primary Meridians is an easy thing;
the good doctor studies the Primary Meridians all of their lives.
By the way, I’ll be graphing her again in a couple of days and I’ll share her progress with you soon. Also, I was just reviewing some of the results from our 2012 Practitioner survey and I was surprised to read that 38% of my readers don’t own an AcuGraph yet! Really? Do what ever you can to invest in one now, before you get busy in a few months! You’ll be glad you did.
Until next time, make it a great day!
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Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.