Musing on GB+ treatments……I have had some interesting positive outcomes using GB+ on several people with anxiety, depression, and even reported ‘anger’. I supplement GB when I get a sense that things are too bottled up and they have trouble expressing. I’ve been seeing it as opening up what is stuck deep down.
However I used it last week on a patient who has been having the opposite reactions to what I expect from a treatment. This patient is a 3rd year acupuncture student who I started seeing Spring 2019 and drives out of her way to get the Sa’am treatments (“I’ve had lots of acupuncture but the treatments I get from you are so effective” or something permutation on that thought she’d often share. ) I am so grateful to be practicing a smidge of this Sa’am lineage Thank you Toby,
I should add that this woman is very expressive. She comes across as smiling, happy laughter but underneath there is a sense of uneasiness. She hates chilly weather and loves the summer heat. She is 5’11’, thin, long hair big brown eyes. She receives treatments well and appears to relax on the table deeply. Her MC originally were digestive ieeues and GYN - Sa’am helped tremendously. Starting mid-June we were not having good treatment outcomes as some family issues came up.
6/23 - “Yesterday was out of it. … Very thirsty. … Crazy dreams. … SOB”. Very tight shoulders/trapezius, GB21. Pulse: forceful wiry at surface, right side very strong pulse. Tongue: Tongue: red tip, white coat moderately thick to block tongue color., slight pale, scalloped”
I went with PC+ supplementation as it worked in the past. It took her a while to sink in and when I checked on her at the end her pulse didn’t change much. Her trapezius was still hard. I didn’t have a good feeling about the treatment but she said “I always feel better when I leave here”.
(I wonder what LR+ would have done here - and looking back I should have taken out and perhaps done that when she couldn’t settle)
6/29 - “I am an angry mess…I have been so angry…I’ve had floaters and so many palpitations…I can feel my heart….I have been so thirsty at night”. Digestion has not been great and needs magnesium to have a bowel movement. (this is not unusual for her). Last treatment (PC+) made her more angry.
Pulse: excess, strong. ( I did not note her tongue so probably didn’t look at it)
Even though she is cold I went with a BL+ supplementation thinking she is ‘hyper’.
She seemed to relax as she always does and I assumed it just worked for her because it usually does. But nope obviously the wrong diagnosis……
She had a panic attack after last treatment in addition to period a little early. Today is CD5. “I have not had a panic attack in so long”. “Crazy vivid dreams”. She said chest pain around CV17. Tongue: swollen, scalloped, significant red tip. Pulse: wiry, excess.
Since she is an acupuncture student I asked if she was willing to take a risk as the last few treatments she has not had an expected reaction. She was game. I cautioned her that if she feels like crying to just bawl and gave her tissues. And that if the treatment feels wrong and she is more angry she needs to tell me and I will take out the needles.
So yes I did a GB+ supplementation. As soon as a put in GB44- she said she felt a cool wave over her pelvis that felt really nice. Within 5 minutes “wow I feel so calm”.
I told her to keep in touch with me during the week because if things went sideways she needs to come back in right away or I would tell her what to needle on herself.
That afternoon 7/7 she texted me “I am feeling really good I hope it lasts. The is the best emotionally I have felt in months”.
7/7 email: “I’m thinking more about what you asked if I hold things in… and YES, I absolutely hold so much in. I have so much going on inside and I want to keep it in there and be calm.”
7/8 text “”I AM SO CALM - this is amazing. Zero anger”.
7/8 email: “My family-drama discovery also led me to think about one of the first questions you ever asked me… I would rather discuss it in person if you next week”
710 email: “In practice, is that treatment supposed to bring forth what is being repressed? I can’t stop thinking about the thing I have been trying to forget about.”
7/11 text - “I am still so calm! I love it”
So this was a bit surprising. Red tongue tip, Excess pulse. Saying “I feel so angry, I am so angry”. Yet she is cold. Clearly GB+ was a correct treatment, but I don’t know if I would have gone there with a new patient or one who wasn’t so non-demanding. I know a little bit about her from what she shared and IMO she is not honoring herself as she is a care taker of other’s feeling. Can this be part of a GB deficiency? .
My wife’s work is one about getting to the core of emotions stuck in the body and I am influenced by all she shares. With this patient her 7/8 email about family-drama demonstrates the emotional stuckness leading to the physical issues. But the paradox how she cannot stop thinking about it but she feels calm is fascinating to me. Maybe the GB+ helped her be less attached or worried about others?
My experience with the flavor of Sa’am that Toby is teaching us is that it can be an incredibly effective method to get at deep emotional issues that I have never experienced with other styles. I am getting how the GB+ treatment can be so powerful when used appropriately.