Acupuncture Miracle No.2
This lady came to me with a congenital problem with her hip. The hip socket on one side was not properly formed and too open, so not securely holding the ball of the femur (thigh bone).
This was picked up when she was aged nine and she had a bone graft to correct it. At age twelve she had a fall and was in hospital for a week. She caught a virus two weeks later and had pain in the same hip. The doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she had tests, could not give a reason for the pain and said there was nothing they could do.
When she came to me she was in her mid-twenties. She had been having cranial osteopathy treatment and chiropractic for some time and these treatments helped for a while but the effect soon wore off. So she was trying acupuncture to see what it could do for her.
She walked slowly and heavily and with a limp. The foot of the affected leg deviated laterally (turned to the outside) considerably. She was very fatigued and slept a lot, generally 10 hours a night. I think fatigue is different to tiredness because it doesn’t go away, no matter how much sleep the person gets. She was in a lot of pain and it was the pain which was so tiring. She was taking a painkiller prescribed by her doctor.
I commented the scar from the bone graft operation was on the Stomach meridian. She said she had had a lot of food sensitivities from childhood, beginning at age twelve. She was currently avoiding dairy, sugar and caffeine and was sensitive to several foods.
There are twelve main meridians in acupuncture and these are the ones most often used. Briefly, there are six yin meridians, Heart, Spleen, Lung, Liver, Pericardium or Heart Governor and Kidney. Each of these is associated with its own organ, other than the Pericardium, which refers to the covering around the Heart and in Chinese is seen as the protector of the Heart. The six yang meridians are the Small Intestine, Stomach, Colon, Gall Bladder, Three Heater and Bladder. The Three Heater refers to the three sections of the body – from the diaphragm upwards is the Upper Burner, the Middle Burner is between the diaphragm and the navel and the lower Burner is from the navel down; they each have their own functions and the function of the Three Heater is communication and balance between them and also to distribute heat, or warmth, and energy/qi.
There are also eight Extraordinary Meridians and these form the energetic matrix of the body. As I see it, and there are many views on these channels, they form in the foetus before the twelve main meridians, which then attach themselves to it. This is a rather physical representation of what is an energetic and probably electrical process, but it makes it easy to grasp how they work.
Because they form and act as a matrix they are concerned, among other things, with structure and function. So with something structural, such as this lady, I looked to these meridians and used them.
I also gave her some very simple yoga exercises and some exercises for her foot.
She now walks straight, at a normal pace, without a limp and without pain unless she is unusually tired or stressed. Her digestion is good and she can eat most foods but still avoids cows’ products as she feels better without them. Her hip will always be her weak area, but we all have weaknesses and strengths and that is quite usual. She has abundant energy and is now a mother. Throughout the treatment, which was over a period of two years, she was working full-time, doing physical work which would tire anyone.
Acupuncture is amazing and, I think, unique in its ability to repair and alter structure and function, from an energetic impulse through the needles resulting in a permanent change. I don’t know of any other form of medicine / therapy which could have achieved this result. This can be immensely satisfying work.
I am delighted and so is she.