Upon palpation of the abdomen, numerous findings/reflective areas were painful or tight. For those of you familiar with Kiiko Matsumoto’s Clinical Strategies, pressure pain was elicited at oketsu, immune, adrenal, left & right spleen line (abdomen). In terms of Nan-Ching (Classic of 81 Difficulties) chapter 16 the reflective areas correspond to Liver, Lung & Spleen.
The palpatory finding that really sparked my interest was the pain elicited at the spleen meridian on the abdomen (right & left). As generally in my experience people do not normally present with pressure pain on this region (especially the left side), unless they have intestinal issues.
Thus, to investigate whether an effect could be intiated I palpated YinLingQuan SP 9 with my finger, applying pressure with the flow of the meridian (up towards Spleen 10). I then with one hand at yinlingquan Sp 9 re-palpated with my other hand the Spleen meridian lines at the abdomen. The ipsilateral spleen meridian line with pressure pain had reduced completely & the contralateral had reduced by 50%. I then palpated the region of the symptom (lateral aspect of the left gluteal) whilst still applying finger pressure to the left Yinlingquan SP 9, the pressure pain had completely gone. I asked the patient to find the painful region with her own hand, and she reported that the region was no longer painful.
I then re-palpated the rest of the abdomen and found that just with Yinlingquan SP 9 a significant amount of change had taken place in the reduction of pressure pain elicited at the other reflective areas too (oketsu, adrenal, immune).
Too me, what this clinical experience highlights is that when an acupuncture point/concept is integral/constitutional to that individual it will resolve seemingly completely unrelated manifestations/symptoms.
I would like to note that I did not only use Yinlingquan SP 9 in the acupuncture session. I treated this individual front & back, however I can say that YinLingQuan SP 9 definitely seemed to have the most profound effect on the acupuncture table.
Post treatment the individual reported that no pain/discomfort or pulling was present at the previously symptomatic region (lateral aspect of left gluteal).
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Giancarlo Nerini - Acupuncturist (Melbourne CBD)