It is always a joy for me when I have confirmation that what I have taught somebody has really taken root, and is now flourishing. One of the difficult things I have had to learn as a teacher is to accept that much of what I try to pass on to others may fall on fallow ground and never produce the fruit I so much hope for it. Last weekend, though, thankfully the opposite happened. A practitioner asked me to come to her practice to help her with some of her patients. This proved to be a very satisfying day for me, and, I could feel, for her, too. She was eager to learn from my experience, and this encouraged me to pass on what I could.
was just one thing that pulled me up short, and which she asked me to write
about. For some reason which I still
cannot quite fathom, she had been told during her training as a student at the
old College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington that the first treatment
should consist of the Aggressive Energy drain (good), but followed, not by the
source points of the element she had chosen to start with, but by Heart 7,
and this for every patient. For the life
of me I can’t think why this rather bizarre first treatment had become embedded
in what was essentially a five element practice. Why would the first official to be treated
always be the Heart?
the good old days, when JR Worsley controlled the curriculum, we were always
being told to be extremely cautious about needling the Heart. It is in many ways a sacred meridian,
touching our very core, and therefore to be approached only with great
care. It is for good reason that one of
the few times we use it for any guardian element is as the last point in
treating a Husband/Wife imbalance, the point which we call upon to restore
balance at the deepest level. Apart from
that, it can be used as a First Aid point for emergencies affecting the
Heart, and, of course, as a command point, the source point, for patients with
Inner Fire (the Heart and Small Intestine officials) as their aspect of the
Fire element. Here again, though, we
should be wary of over-use, and concentrate treatment more upon Small Intestine
please, please, all five element practitioners reading this, direct your choice
of points firmly to the element you have decided upon from the very first
treatment, and leave the Heart well alone.
And do at least 4-5 treatments on that element before deciding that a
move to another element is called for.
To help those who are rather unclear how to start their five element
treatments, you can look in my Handbook
of Five Element Practice for a detailed discussion of point selection in
general and for point selection for the first few treatments in
give Heart 7 the respect it reserves.