|Posted on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 17:33: |
Another question, Shmuel. There are points such as Pc-6 or St-36 that in some patients cause electrical shock in needling. The reason of course is the proximity of these points to a major nerve trunk. Is there a way to avoid having this unpleasant experience for both patient and practitioner ?
|Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 15:13: |
It is important to know which points are more prone to react this way than others. As you say, P-6 and St-36 are definitely among these points, but also K-3, Sp-6, B-40 and others react like this in many occasions. It is a good technique to massage the point with your fingers before applying the needle, when you expect a point to act electrically. Then, insert the needle just slightly, 1-2 mm, and advance its tip cautiously and slowly. Doing this in such way will usually avoid the unpleasant electrical shock.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 15:37: |
I get reports from my patients that sometime, after the needles are placed, they feel cold hands and feet,sometimes really unpleasant. this feeling goes away after the needles are drawn out. Is this bad technique from my side ? Does this mean qi atag or yang xu ? etc.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 19:25: |
No this is a familiar phenomenon, especially in the Yang-Xu hypotensive type of patient. If the patient feels extremely inconvenient with this sensation, or in case they start shivering (a phenomenon that also occurs sometimes), use a moxa stick above their Ren-8 for few minutes (without withdrawing the needles). This will always improve their condition.