Thanks for everyone’s input. Kristin, it’s great to hear about the derm success. I saw an 80yo F patient yesterday, CC pompholyx eczema, who I’ve had little success with in using Mazin’s herbal approaches b/c she keeps having diarrhea at the doses that I think are needed for her skin. I’m going to take a break from herbs and see how much headway we can make Saam instead.
Previous to this (i.e. 1month ago), I typically didn’t do acupuncture at all with the moderate-severe derm cases, but now finally feel like I have some tools to affect the 5 elements in their skin. A few days ago, I saw a severe psoriasis case. Even though he didn’t identify as a person who feels hot (he even dislikes a/c), his skin lesions just looked SO HOT. The heat was scorching the blood. So I did UB+, without telling him what I was trying to do, and a few minutes in, he said, “I feel like someone turned down the thermostat in my body”. Fortunately, it’ll be a few days until he receives his herbs from Kamwo, so I’ll check in before that to see if that cold water feeling lasted with only acupuncture.
Dammit! I’m working hard on 2 tinnitus cases. One is the dizzy pretty lady with vertigo, and another one is a longtime patient who’s desperate for some relief. Does anyone else have helpful ideas about treatment of tinnitus?
(Finger pain actually responds beautifully to Yuan Qi style acupuncture, ala Suzanne Rubidoux.)
Sharon, what’s your experience with Parkinson’s in general? I have very little personal experience as I typically don’t take on mod-advanced neuro cases. Of everything I’ve ever seen, I’m still convinced that the yin tuina of Janice Walton-Hadlock is the most useful for getting to the root of PD.
The conditions I listed are on the short list of things that I typically would not take on with acupuncture. Some of the case examples Toby gave in his class fall under that category (inability to sense temperature; beng lou, extreme cloudy urination - I would have said these are herbal cases). So I’m trying to expand my understanding of “what can acupuncture treat”, but be realistic about it.