In our penultimate acupuncture session together I endeavoured to find an acupuncture treatment strategy to resolve this right sided pain. Thus I tried and tested various acupuncture point combinations on the affected meridian level to ease the discomfort elicited. Granted, relief was gained on the acupuncture table, however there was still some discomfort. It was towards the end of this acupuncture session that I remembered Kiyoshi Nagano (Prominent Acupuncturist) related the area under the iliac crest to immune imbalances and thus stated that acupuncture treatment strategies targeted at regulating immune function can benefit this region. So, I palpated the acupuncture points that related and crossed checked this against the said pressure pain. The result was instant amelioration of the pressure pain previously elicited under the iliac crest of the right side.
To me what this above clinical snapshot highlights is the importance of addressing the individuals ‘constitution’ through acupuncture treatment. What I mean by ‘treating the constitution’ is if we take the above clinical snapshot as an example, the significant betterment in this individuals signs and symptoms which spanned musculoskeletal, digestive & nervous system, involved acupuncture treatment/point selection based essentially on one concept. Thus addressing this integral ‘concept’ which was determined via medical history & palpatory findings, the individual’s condition ameliorated, and this is why an acupuncture point found on the arm which is used to ‘regulate immunity’ has the potential to successfully resolve pressure pain found under the right iliac crest (posterior hip region). In other words if the acupuncture point is truly right for that particular individual it will resolve seemingly unrelated aches and pains/signs & symptoms.
The body is an integrated whole in ways that we cannot even begin to truly comprehend and the beauty of acupuncture is that as a healing system it recognises this in theory/philosophy and more importantly tangibly displays this on the treatment table to the ultimate benefit of the individual receiving acupuncture treatment.
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Giancarlo Nerini - Licensed Acupuncturist