Treating myself recently taught me a bit about damp/dry exterior/interior.
hands are rough/dry (7+), red (3+), itchy (3+)
itchy forearms 4+ (Lung/LI channels(, itchy lower legs 7+ (yang channels mostly) and sometimes armpits. Gui zhi ge ban ma huang tang kinda helps the itching but not wonderfully. Scratching in the night leads to bloody excoriations on the arms and legs that are slow to heal (4+)
one firm red papule/zit on the chin after drinking milk; milk and rich foods reliably lead to acne
Skin/body: In the past Toby saw me as “dry on the inside and slightly dry on the outside”. Presentation at the time of treatment.
mildly dry skin overall (3+), dry legs (5+)
thin skin (lots of veins visible underneath) with lots of sagging skin from a 60 lb weight loss 20+ years ago; thin receding gums not improved by gum grafting 5+
body weight normal to slightly thin, normal muscle tone
fog- a soft cushion of fluid in the subcutaneous layer- only from the hips up. 3+
spider veins at ribs 5+; varicosities on legs 2+
Temp: cold 7+; not particularly bothered by dampness unless it is cold
Menses: painful 4+, irregular (skipping periods alternating with short cycles) 7+
Treatment: Stomach+ no change. SI+ no change. These treatments were not settling.
Within a day or 2 of treating LI+, my hands were much smoother and softer, my excoriations were healing faster and the itching was almost gone. Aha! So the fog acts like a layer of turbid water that blocks blood circulation to the surface. The image is of oil and water not mixing.
LI+ is also always deeply settling for me, more so than any other treatment. This is interesting given that I am more of a LI excess personality- never bored, always multiple fascinating projects going. Once before going to Tucson in May, I treated SP+ which was deeply settling. Repeating Sp+ back then gave me pains in my teeth and jaw.
A few days after treating LI+, I tried H+ which didn’t improve my skin any further. Heart+ never even warms me up that much. The positive result of that treatment was that I wrote long overdue letters to old friends, instead of terse Christmas cards.
Repeating LI+ again improved my skin another step and was settling as well with no over drying. I am more damp than I appear to be. My sweet tooth was also calmed by LI+. The fog might be slightly less squishy but it is hard to tell.
Yesterday, with some mild dryness on my hands, mild acne on the Stomach channel of my chest from holiday overindulgence, and some anxiety themed around perceived lack of resources I treated Lung+ which helped the anxiety but didn’t clearly change the skin. I was hoping that treating Lung+ might give me better insight into whether LI+ improved my skin by drying the interior or the exterior. Is the fog interior or exterior dampness?
Relatively healthy people can be harder to treat, especially when there is a mix of damp and dry.