Emily the acupuncturist had performed a compelte physical exam, as they had planned when he called in with a long laundry list of complaints. She had him sit on the edge of the massage table and rolled over to his feet.
In her experience, Emily had seen that allopathic (western) medicine tended to treat symptoms individually using a rather mechanical view of the body. It works well for most individual conditions, but Arty had a lot of systemic problems, not the least of which hormone imbalances such as diabetes and immune issues such as arthritis.
“Your feet are like your hands in that they have a lot of bones in them, but unlike your hands they aren’t flat they have arches. When you have added weight – and probably developed a habit at a young age – your feet splay out and this causes stress on the arch.”
“I saw that, but that’s not what concerns me Arty. Do you see this here?” she asked pointing to something round, shiny, and red.
“At any rate our Chinese formula uses a cocktail of herbs that have been designed over centuries to work well fighting Gout. It’ll reduce the inflammation and release the uric acid crystals over time. It would probably be too painful to needle directly , so we’re going to perform some moxa around it and needle you in the abdomen. You can expect it to take 1-3 months to resolve.
“As for the bunion,” she continued, “and arches, and fascitis… we can needle the area, and remove some pain, but by in large you need to #1 get good support for your feet to reduce your sciatica and hip issues, #2 do these exercises,” she said, handing him a list of arch-exercises, “and #3 learn how to walk in-line.”
“Well, as these plaques built up, the circulation got poorer and poorer. At this point two things were happening simultaneously. Number one, you were aging, slowing down, sitting longer, and this all reduces the natural venous return and lymphatic pump system in your legs. You see you have no heart in your feet and the heart is not a vacuum, it takes movement to push blood and lymph back towards your heart. At the same time, your poor posture and changes were increasing your arthritis and joint deformations which reduced the blood flow. Of course your diabetes was a result of this.”
“Yeah, what’s that mean?”
“Yes, but in this case most of my work will be with moxabustion – a heat application – and I’ll be teaching you to use it. You’ll need to come in many times a week to get good results. In China they’d see you everyday, so I’ll need to see you three times a week, two minimum to realyl get results. And that’s just for this condition.”