Since I spent all day without runny nose the day before, I was off my guard and slept without any treatment on myself. The next morning when I woke up, my nose was stuffy. The stuffy nose didn’t go away even after lunchtime, especially my left nostril was stuffy. So I decided to treat myself.
First I tried some local treatments. I know the effectiveness of the root treatment from the treatment of runny nose, but I wanted to know how effective local treatments would be. I placed Ja Teishin on lower Yindo (Yintang: between eyebrows) and waited for a minutes or so, but there was no change in my nose. Next I tried left Bitsu (Bitong: At the highest point of the naso-labial groove), but again there was no change. Next I tried left LI1 and I felt slight opening in my nose but still stuffy. Unfortunately, all the local treatments didn’t work well.
It was time to try the root treatment. The pattern was Kidney Deficiency. When I applied light stroke around KD7, I felt my left nostril was opening gradually. So I chose left KD7 and tonified with Yang technique for about 3 seconds. My left nostril mostly opened but there was still uncomfortable feeling in my nose. So I added tonifying left BL58 with Yin technique for about 5 seconds. Now my nose was completely open. To tell the truth, I was very surprised at the power of the root treatment because I hadn’t expected such instant improvement.
Usually the above local treatments are effective and I often see instant improvement after treating these points. But when I treat patients, those local treatments are applied only after the root treatment was done. I realized that the effectiveness of the local treatment was halved if the root treatment was not done before, and if the root treatment was good, the local treatment was not necessary in some cases.
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