I was using points on the head more often, but in the case that the pain is located lower than knees, it is difficult to hold a needle with my right hand and check whether or not the pain disappears with my left hand because I’m not inserting the needle but just holding it on the skin.
I can hear that you are saying I should use acupuncture points in the leg or foot and I can reach both easily.
That is right.
If I can’t remove pain with a point apart from the painful area, I use a point close to the painful area.
But a point apart from the painful area is more effective as long as the pain is not caused by acute injury.
“More effective” means the effect lasts long (I’m not the only one saying so but famous masters of acupuncture are saying).
That is why I like to use the points on the abdomen, which are reachable and apart from the painful area.
A patient came with pain from his right buttock to his right foot.
The pain around the right buttock and on the right thigh disappeared after touching a point on his right low back, but the pain on the top of his right foot remained.
I touched a point on his abdomen where energy could arrive at the painful point on the top of his right foot.
The painful points located between his big toe and the second toe disappeared, but the painful points between 2nd and 3rd toe remained.
I touched another point on his abdomen which was about ¼ inch away from the first point, pressed the painful point and asked the patient whether it was still painful or not.
There was no pain on the top of his right foot and no pain with any movements which had been causing pain from his right buttock to his right foot before the treatment.
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