At the start of treatment, patients’ elements are in a vulnerable state and unsure of how to accept the adjustments to their balance which is what we hope treatment will provide. We therefore need to offer them the simplest and purest treatment we can, and nothing is simpler and purer than command point treatment. I am therefore giving below an example of the order of the first treatments I might give my patients. The points I have added to the command points, such as the CV (RM) or Outer Bladder points I have chosen here, are ones which can be used for any element, and are all aimed at helping strengthen the patient’s spirit. A fuller discussion can be found in my Handbook of Five Element Practice (obtainable from the SOFEA website www.sofea.co.uk ).
All points are needled using the tonification method, with moxibustion added before needling except where contraindicated. If Entry/Exit blocks are discovered at any point, these must be cleared before the final command points are needled. If blocks are discovered at the end of treatment, even after the final command points, then the blocks should be cleared then and the command point treatment repeated, but this time without moxa.
Command points have an in-built safety factor, and put the patient back in charge of their own energy. This is why they are always used to complete a treatment.
Treatment 1:1 Check for Possession – if there, Internal Dragons treatment
2 Aggressive Energy drain
3 Source points of the Guardian Element
1 Correct any Akabane imbalances if not already done as part of the physical diagnosis.
2 CV (RM) 8 (or CV (RM) 14 if BP differential too high for moxibustion)
3 Tonification points if possible, if not, then source points again
1 Bl 38 (43)
2 Command points (source, tonification or transfer across the Ke cycle)
1 AEPs (Back Shu points)
2 Command points
Always remember the five element mantra: the simpler the better.