I introduced my own treatment on my ankle with Shahoshin before. This is a case of a patient.
The patient's main complaint was left ankle pain for a month. Other complaints were upper back, low back and hip pain. Her ankle was a little swollen. When I pushed her foot to twist to inner side, around BL62 and GB40 hurt. When I pushed her foot to twist to outer side, around KD5 hurt. When I pushed her foot downward toward the sole, around ST41 hurt.
After general root treatment and local treatment, I applied spreading needle technique with Ja Teishin around her left ankle and checked how much the pain changed. Twisting to outer side and pushing to downward didn't make any pain, but when I twisted her foot to inner side, she still felt pain around BL62 and also on the top of the foot. This time I searched active points at the blood level around BL62 and top of the foot, and hit those points with Shahoshin 2 times each. When I checked her ankle, twisting to inner side didn't make any pain.
What I noticed from this case is that it is important to deal with the pain at Ki level (shallow) first and then Blood level (deep). Spreading needle technique with Ja Teishin removed the pain at Ki level and the pain which couldn't be removed with Ja Teishin was removed with Shahoshin. Applying spreading needle technique with Ja Teishin first makes the number of Shahoshin decrease, which means the amount of stimulation can decreases, resulting in more gentle treatment.
Also as I expected, I felt Shahoshin has immediate effect.
The patient had canker sores behind the cheeks for a few months, caused by the side effect of medications for bone marrow transplant. He was taking medications for canker sores as well, but they didn't help.
Along with general root treatment and local treatment, I used Ja Teishin which sucked up stagnated energy from where it was placed. I searched the place where energy was stagnated. The place was exactly above where a canker sore was located. I placed Ja Teishin at the point. Ja Teishin worked as a chimney discharging stagnated energy from the other side instead of smoke. Once I didn't feel any stagnated energy coming up, I took off Ja Teishin from the point.
I did the same thing at a few points on the cheeks. After 3 treatments, it started to get better dramatically. At the beginning, he didn't believe it got better by acupuncture because he was still taking medications as well, but dramatic change made him believe it got better by acupuncture.
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Since I use non-insertion needles, Teishin, I can't insert needles into the skin and muscles. So it is important that how deep the needles are pressed on the skin.
To tonify Yang Ki, the pressure from the needle should be as light as possible. That means the needle barely touches the skin. Of course, the patient should not feel anything except sensation from the fingers searing points.
However, the pressure from the needle sometimes becomes heavier because I may think it is better for the patient that I have the patient feel something from the needle or simply I'm not careful about the pressure. This is like misunderstanding that if I insert needles deeper, it seems more effective in the insertion needles.
But as a matter of fact, the result of the treatment is much better if the pressure from the needle is as light as possible. Tightness of the muscles loosens up amazingly, compared to the heavier needle pressure. I really have to be careful!
The patient complained about pain in her heels caused by long standing at work. After usual root treatment and local treatment, I had her check her heels. She stood up on the floor. Unfortunately the pain was still there. I asked her to lie on the stomach and removed tightness at around BL35, which was located below SI joint, with Ja Teishin. Again I asked her to check her heels. She got off the table. This time there was no pain at all.
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