KISS the migraine away.
Sometimes simplicity is the answer. I wish I could take full credit for being so elegant in thought and action. But no, I was just overwhelmed and grasped for anything that swept through my brain at the moment.
Mary came to me, a few years ago, frustrated, tired and in pain. She suffered from severe migraines, almost daily. Mary was taking some pretty heavy duty medicines just so she could somewhat function at home and at work. She had a son, 5 years old from an earlier relationship. Now married to a man that she loved very much, the wish was to have a child with him. The problem was all the medications she was taking. She would have to discontinue most of them in order to have a safe pregnancy. She came to me because she had heard that acupuncture could help her getting rid of the migraines.
Stress. Always the stress.
I told her that, yes acupuncture may help but I can not promise anything. Well, she was ready to try. As we continued our conversation and I started to paint a picture of her in my head I realized how much emotional stress she was carrying. Stress that caused a slew of other health problems. Her son’s father was not supportive of her new relationship – to say the least. He took every chance he had to sabotage for Mary and her son.
I remember how my head started spinning with all the information she gave me.
Typically when I speak to somebody for the first time, I pretty quickly get an idea of which points I want to use, but at the end of my interview with Mary I had no idea. There was so much going on with her and I simply did not know where to start. I asked her to please lay down on the table and relax while I washed my hands. Truth was that I had to catch my breath and try to figure out what to do with her. Where do I begin?
I took a deep breath and went in to the room and gave her the simplest of treatments. I used four needles. One in each hand (Large Intestine 4) and one in each foot (Liver 3). I needed time to figure her out and work on an elaborate treatment plan. But I knew one thing, more than anything, Mary needed to relax.
The four points I used are called “The Four Gates” when utilized in combination. They work well by themselves but are magical together. They open the gates and let the energy flow freely through the meridians. Their functions are pain relieving as well deeply relaxing.
Mary rested for 30 minutes with the four needles. We made an appointment for the following week.
When I saw her in the waiting room the following week I could see a visible change in her. She smiled and was so excited. She had not had any pain for three days after the treatment but then it returned. However, the pain was not as brutal as before.
I continued to work with Mary for a couple of months and she slowly (with her doctor’s blessing) discontinued one drug after the other until she was pain free, except for the occasional headache.
It was during my deep breathing outside the room it came to me: KISS! Keep It Super Simple. Pearls of wisdom from one of my teachers in Acupuncture school. His advise was to not overthink the patient and the treatment, therefore if nothing makes sense at the moment, just KISS.
And I did.