I have just started to integrate Sa’am into my practice so I am not very familiar with the method. I have done a few treatments on myself with limited results, but I had my first success with it today in clinic.
An obese woman who primarily came for left knee pain was telling me that she has been depressed and anxious. She felt like she didn’t want to get out bed in the morning, feeling overwhelmed with everything going on. She had seen other acupuncturists with middling results, so I decided hey lets try some Sa’am. Her knee pain was lateral on the ST channel but the SP channel was also very tender, she had a complete knee replacement on it already (partial replacement on the other knee).
I decided to supplement the LI on the right and eagerly looked at the face to see if I could see one of those fabled reactions. Her eyes fluttered and it seemed like her entire body sunk down into the chair. There it was a positive reaction!
I did add some local needles around the affected knee but nothing with such a spirit calming action, so it must have been the Sa’am! After the treatment she said she really felt something from the acupuncture, unlike anything she had before.
Anyways interesting to see a channel not usually touted for its spirit calming nature to help with depression.