Today the clinic is packed again. Among all the patients, 6 came for various degrees of back pain condition. Because our clinic is kind of secluded, many patients found us as their last hope. Many of them had complicated problems, but we are honored to have their trust.
After two sessions on 11 am, my assistant Allison told me there were three people waiting for me. It was Lilian and her parents---they were my patients before. I went to Lilian and talked to her. She told me her mom had been suffering from serious back pain for two days that she cannot stand up or walk at all. Her mom was sitting in the chair, and she could only turn her face to look at me at me for the greeting.
Ten minutes later, I was in the treatment room, talking to the old lady. She told me she got the pain after standing up after sitting for long two days ago. She could not move around since then. I asked her where she felt the pain. She tried to point to me the spot, but she could not quite reach it because of the pain.
Therefore, I pressed on her spine and found the spot. I told her to sit still, and I inserted one needle in the renzhong point (which is below the nose). Then I told her to try to stand up, and she stood up---both she and her daughter were surprised. Then I told her to keep moving for around 10 minutes. She did, and felt much better. At last I finished the session with some light needle-bloodletting therapy. After the session was done, the old lady was very happy, and could not wait to tell other people waiting in the reception area.
After lunch break, at 2:06pm, an elderly couple arrived at clinic. Every time they came, the old gentleman liked to talk about their love for dancing and how Vancouver used to have many great places for dancing before television was there---they used to dance as much as they could. This time, when I saw the lady, she was a little crippled and had a hard time trying to keep standing. I took her to the session room, she told me she had been suffering from back pain since last winter, and the pain had been expanded to right foot. Her back problem had been ongoing, and she also had osteoporosis. She came to me when her situation became a little more serious, but it had never been as serious as this time. I kept asking her questions, while I checking out her pain spots---which I found to be behind the thigh and on the outside of calf. Therefore, I inserted four points on her left hand, and one point on her right hand. Then I asked her to try to move her leg and waist. At first she needed my help to stand up and move, and she could only move her shoulder. I encouraged her to keep moving, and after several minutes she could move much more. Finally when she felt much less waist pain, I let her lye on the bed, and inserted needles on her waist for 10 minutes. After the session was done, she stood up, and did a dance posture with a big smile on her face.
Around 3:30pm, an elderly Chinese couple showed up. They were scheduled to come next Monday, but probably because of the language barrier between them and my assistant Allison, they came at this time. Because they came unexpectedly, I could only spare 30 minutes with them .I greeted them. They said they were from Shanghai, and they were introduced by a friend. The lady had herniated discs, and this time she came because her right thigh had pain that she could not walk properly. They had tried to go to hospital and other TCM doctors in Vancouver and Shanghai, and did not have much result. I checked the lady, and I found her pain point was below trochanter major. Other symptoms were: big toe piercing pain during night time, dark face color, dark skin color behind the knee, bad sleep, and anger control problem. Therefore I pierced a needle at her qiuxu point, and let her move for 10 minutes. The pain did not go away, so I pierced a point on her toe, and did pain point needle-bloodletting. This time she felt less pain. Then I pierced needles at her juliao point, yangling point, and taichong point, and kept needles for five minutes. This time the lady felt much better and she could walk much more smoothly. All of us were happy for them.
The rest of the sessions today went well too: a patient suffered from herniated discs had been recovered 80% after four sessions; a patient who had chronic work-related waist pain had shown obvious improvement after five sessions, while he kept working; a lady’s knee injury had been almost recovered after three sessions.
I am grateful to have these kind patients. I am amazed of how acupuncture can help them. I am also grateful to have these kind patients. Being able to help my patients is the most valuable thing for me.