The patient is a woman with the age of 40s.
Since eating foie gras at Christmas, she has been suffering from nausea for about a month. She feels nauseous 70 % of a day. She has heart burn and is taking acid suppressant prescribed by her family doctor. Her stool is loose. She also has pain below both shoulder blades since nausea started.
She visited my clinic 1 month after the nausea started.
My diagnosis was that her gallbladder was removed last year, but eating extremely fatty food made the flow of Liver and Gallbladder energy stagnated, weakening Spleen energy.
After 3 acupuncture treatments, nausea disappeared, loose stool became firmed stool and the pain below shoulder blades disappeared. After 4th treatment, the course of treatment for nausea ended.
Detail of Acupuncture Treatment
The treatment is based on the treatment shown in Individual Acupuncture Treatment.
When I checked her abdomen, there were more than 5 painful points with pressure in her abdomen, but after strengthening weakened Spleen with a Spleen point on her leg and 15 minutes rest after that, all the painful points disappeared.
I asked her to lie on her stomach and checked her back. There were a lot of painful points with pressure between shoulder blades and under the left shoulder blade. These painful points with pressure disappeared after touching the points on the back of her head with a round-tip needle.
I added moxa (heat therapy) on the points located even with the lower part of both shoulder blades (BL17) and the points located 2 inches lower than those points which are related to Gallbladder (BL19).
[2nd Treatment: 3 days after the 1st Treatment]
She didn’t have nausea since the last treatment. She felt bloated in her lower abdomen. Her stool was still loose. There was pain below her left shoulder blade.
There were less painful points with pressure on her abdomen and back.
The treatment was almost the same as the 1st Treatment, but I added moxa (heat therapy) on a point on her left wrist (TW4) and a point near her right knee (Gallbladder-34).
[3rd Treatment: 5 days after the 2nd Treatment]
She didn’t have nausea. When she ate fatty food, she felt heart burn a little. Her stool was still loose. When she sat long time, she felt pain below her left shoulder blade.
The painful points with pressure on her back were less than 2nd Treatment.
The treatment with needles were almost the same.
I did moxa on the points related to Heart, Liver and Spleen on her left back and a point related to Stomach on her right back in addition to her left TW4 and right GB-34.
[4th Treatment: 5 days after the 3rd Treatment]
There was no nauseous feeling and no pain below her left shoulder blade. Her bowel movement became formed from loose stool.
She complained a little bit of low back pain, so in addition to the same treatment as the 3rd Treatment, I added treatment to release her low back pain.
Since her complaints related to her nausea got better, the course of treatments for her nausea ended.
Her gallbladder was removed, so there was no gallbladder. But gallbladder energy and the energy pathway still exist and they were affected by what she ate. I think that is why the points related to Gallbladder energy showed up as pain or other reaction, and also helped her recover from all the nausea-related symptoms.
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