Mending a Broken Heart 5/5 (40)


Sometimes, even when you are doing everything right in your treatment plan, the graph drastically changes in the wrong direction. There are many reasons for this, but the one I want to focus on here is EMOTIONS.

Betty’s Story

Let me share a story with you about a 65-year-old female patient. We’ll call her Betty.

Let me share a story with you about a 65-year-old female patient. We’ll call her Betty.

Betty has been a caregiver her whole life. She has watched most of her family members pass away. She is now a widow who lives alone—although she still cares for her ailing mother who lives nearby. 

Her body demanded that she shift her caretaker focus back to herself. Acupuncture is the gift she decided to give herself.

So, she began her journey with me in January of this year. When I asked her to describe how she was feeling on her first visit she listed the following symptoms: 

  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • excess weight
  • poor circulation
  • racing heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • fatigue
  • right eye pain
  • teeth grinding and clenching; TMJ
  • frequent urination
  • anxiety, sadness, grief
  • stress, nightmares panic attack
  • high blood pressure; varicose veins

She was holding on to a lot. Her treatment plan included weekly acupuncture for a time. As you can see, within her first five visits, she progressed really well. 

But when Betty showed up for her sixth visit, everything had changed—for the worse. Take a look at her graph…

A Broken Heart

When I asked her what was different, she began to cry and she shared her story. Today was Valentine’s Day. It was the first Valentine’s Day in 43 years without her sweetheart. The tears rolled. I handed her a tissue, and held her hand. 

Her request for the day was simple: “Can you help my heart stop racing? I just feel off. I can’t breathe very well, and I feel heavy.”

Side note: Sometimes I don’t treat patients on Valentine’s Day. My husband is always out of town doing taxes and I typically like to mope around for a bit and feel sorry for myself. (I know. Pathetic.) But, this year I made a conscious effort to step outside of myself, trudge through the outlandish rain we were having that day, and put as much love as I could into every patient who came through the door. I’m so glad I did. You’ll see why.

Graph Analysis

Take a look at every single INTERNAL PATHWAY in relation to the imbalances in her graph that day. When you do, her symptoms will begin to make perfect sense. 

Of course her heart was racing. The Lung, Pericardium, Heart and Triple Energy pathways were all excess. Notice how each of those pathways travel through the heart. 

It also makes perfect sense that she was having trouble breathing. She had excess in the Large Intestine and the deficiencies in the Liver, Kidney, Gallbladder, Stomach pathways. Recognize how each of these internal pathways pass through the lung region. 

A Special Treatment

I am often asked by inquiring practitioners which points I use to treat. These days I rarely just go by the book. Instead, I use the treatment that makes sense for the day. 

Betty got a extra special Valentine’s treatment that day. (Remember how I set my intention earlier that morning to give all of the love I had to each patient? Little did I know how much love Betty would need.)

As she sat on the table crying, I went behind her to feel what was going on in her back. Her upper body, neck and shoulders were SOOO tight. It felt like she was holding on to years of responsibility and pain. It felt as if I were touching a turtle shell, so I decided that she needed some cupping. I did sliding cups on her shoulders, scapula and the Back Shu points—especially on the Lung, Pericardium and Heart. After I slid the cups for a bit, I let them sit at Small Intestine 10. 

I was still standing behind her. I then slid my hands down her arms and touched Large Intestine 10. It was really tight, so I held it until it released.  (I love this point. It is magical for releasing tension in the Large Intestine musculotendino pathways.)

After applying pressure at Large Intestine 10, I went back and felt her upper back, neck and shoulder region again. She had finally relaxed. The shell was gone. 

Next, I had Betty lie on the table face up (on the Jade Vitality far infrared heating pad). I chose to treat with the extraordinary vessel recommendation based on her graph–-only four points, which are part of the divergent treatment plan. I also included ion pumping cords. 

A Personal Touch

Betty's Necklace - Connects her to her Emotions

The necklace Betty was wearing caught my eye. It was Black Hills Gold. I asked her about it. She said it was a gift from her husband, and the tears began rolling again. I decided to remove the necklace and place it on Conception Vessel 17. Why? It was just intuition. But I will say that I love this point. CV 17 is a crossing point for the Lung, Pericardium, and Heart Pathways. I knew it could help. She smiled through her tears. 

Finally, I added one more point—Governing Vessel 20 at the top of her head. I held her hand and told her that this point was great for connecting her to Heaven. I left her with a pile of tissues to relax and remember her husband.

The treatment was beautiful. She got exactly what she needed that day. A treatment full of love, an emotional release, and the opportunity to mend her broken heart.

If focusing on emotions is a passion of yours as well, you are not going to want to miss out on the CEU courses from our AcuGrowth Symposium in 2019!

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During the symposium, Dr. Jared McCollum, an acupuncturist and AcuGraph user based in Canada, taught his system for treating emotions with acupuncture. We recorded his entire presentation and organized it into an online course with CEU credit opportunities!

This self-developed program is the culmination of years of Dr. McCollum’s time, care, and observation. He’ll have some incredible insight to share about helping patients to let go of their emotions so that they can truly heal.

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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

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