From a five element perspective, the onset of any illness or imbalance of any kind should be interpreted as being the result of some blockage in the balanced flow of life-giving energy round the cycle of the elements. There are many ways in which energy can become blocked, the simplest block being that between mother and child, where for some reason the mother is prevented from passing on enough of her good energy to her child, treated by needling the tonification points. Another form of energy transfer is that between the grandmother and grandchild elements, bypassing the mother element because the grandmother has more energy than the mother to pass on. And then there are all the other forms of blocks, such as Entry/Exit blocks, and the three major blocks, Aggressive Energy, Husband-Wife and Possession.
important thing when treating somebody who comes to us with a serious condition,
as in the case of breast cancer, is not to think that we have to approach
treating the patient in any way differently from the way we approach every new
patient. We need to go through the same
steady first steps of treatment: trying to diagnose the guardian element, checking for any blocks, beginning
with an AE drain, and then concentrating our attention upon strengthening the
element we have chosen as much as we can.
With a specific diagnosis, such as in the case of breast cancer, we should also think carefully about which
particular meridians flow around and through the area of the body where
problems are occurring, here the breast, and consider which potential blockages
might be occurring there which have led, may potentially have led or may in
the future lead to symptoms appearing.
In the case of breast problems I always needle the points used to clear
blocks between Spleen and Heart (a XII-1, Sp-Ht block), and between Kidney and
Heart Protector (a IV-V, Ki-HP block). I
do this even though my pulse readings may not necessarily indicate these
blockages are there, but because needling these points can be regarded as a
preventative measure. This will
encourage the good flow of energy around the affected breast, and will thus
help prevent future blocks occurring. In
addition, since pulse interpretation is such a highly skilled art, I never like
to rely entirely on my own pulse reading skills.
there is already any surgical scarring around this area, the points should only
be needled on the healthy, unaffected side, since patients are warned against
needling near the scar tissue. Correcting the good flow of energy through a
meridian on one side of the body will also help correct its sister flow on the
further information about how to diagnose and treat blocks, I would refer you
to my Handbook of Five Element Practice
which discusses each block in greater detail. I
have also written two other blogs about entry/exit points, one on 14 December
2010 and the other on 22 May 2012, and a blog about treating a patient with
terminal cancer on 27 Feb 2013.
addition to my blogs, the last chapter of my book The Pattern of Things (now published by Singing Dragon Press under
the title of Patterns of Practice),
entitled Afterword: Healing in Death,
is my tribute to the courage of a terminally ill cancer patient of mine, and
offers a good description of how I approached treating her in the last year of