I have a treatment that didn’t go last week, and thought maybe someone would have some insight:
I have a 37yo female patient who is a regular and initially came to me for IBS. She is tall, thin and fairly active. She has her own business doing some sort of service for wealthy/famous people her in Los Angeles, which is probably kind of high maintenance and where she has to hustle. She has described herself as having a lot of masculine energy, which I took to mean that she really has to push to get things done. She is also a single mother of a 10yo, and I see her as having a lot of chronic stress and uncertainty in her life. In general she is friendly, likeable and outgoing but can also be demanding. She sometimes yells for me from the treatment room, when she could press the call button.
After we dealt with her IBS symptoms over the last year, we’ve started working on her sleep. She has very poor sleep, routinely waking at 3-4am. She uses cannabis regularly, including to go back to sleep. She also often has neck tension.
When she came in this week, she really wanted help with her insomnia, so I used +Pc on the right side. After 15 minutes she called me back in, and wanted the needles taken out. She said she had been able to rest some, but then had become very restless. She found Pc9 to be very uncomfortable the whole time. I then offered to re-needle her, and did +Liv, thinking she needed some calm/cooling. After 5 minutes she called me back, and said she was too restless and wanted to get up. She didn’t seem unsatisfied, but I would consider this an unsuccessful treatment (we’ll see how her sleep is when she comes back, but I bet it doesn’t improve much, as it has been very stubborn).
So what went wrong? It really seemed to me like the pattern fit her presentation. Perhaps Pc9 was too painful (I’ve had this happen to me)? Maybe she had taken some sort of stimulant? Should I have used a colder channel like SI or UB? Did I miss something? Maybe I’m being too quick to judge?
The strangest thing was that my next patient came and immediately told me that she probably wouldn’t be able to rest on the table as she had slept poorly the night before and was very restless. This turned out to be true, she stayed on the table about 10 minutes. At the same time, another practitioner in my clinic had that happen with their patient. So maybe it was just some sort of external influence?