Recently I have read an article about a Chinese practitioner who uses X-balance method (he named it) to treat various problems with amazing results. He rarely uses needles preferring acu-pressure or match sticks instead. His practice is based on Chinese medicine theories, but he emphasizes one particular theory that we view person as a whole. Therefore, he uses points on four limbs, which are normally away from the affected areas and safer. He also likes auricular acupuncture, but instead of needling, he uses match sticks to stimulate.

Apart from auricular points, he uses ‘X’ to find points. Whenever appropriate, he tries to find an ‘X’ on our body, small or big, it depends on symptoms. If there is a problem of right hand, he will go to left foot; if left elbow, right knee area will be the place to look for. He combines acu-points and A Shi points together, and finds that A Shi points are often more effective than actual points.

As the report is in Chinese, so I can’t illustrate it thoroughly. I would use lower back pain as an example here.

For sciatica, he uses A Shi point in opposite shoulder area. Right treats left, left treats right.

For lower back pain, he uses four points. Two are A Shi points just below the tip of the olecranon of the ulna; the other two are A Shi points below Wei Zhong BL40. All four are recommended to use together.

I tried this theory on a friend of mine with a bit modification based on my own knowledge. He sprained his lower back muscle, and had limited movements and pain. As he had pain on both sides, I found one A Shi point in shoulder area of each side and applied acu-pressure, 2 minutes each time, three times with 5 minutes intervals in between, asking him to gently move his back during intervals, especially towards the directions which he couldn’t reach before treatment. He felt pain and tense eased a bit during treatment, and could get off the bed easily after treatment, and 75% pain gone the next day. As I explained to him beforehand why I did this treatment, we were both amazed with this method.

In review of this method, it occurs to me that actually we have learned things about this in theory, which is ‘right treats left, left treats right, upper treats lower, and lower treats upper’. But here he uses ‘X’ as an image to explain this method, which makes it more vivid and less forgettable.

As practitioners, we are often too busy with our practice that we neglect reviewing what we have learned. If we stop a bit and review our knowledge, chances are we will get recharged and rise above.

Thoughts on X-balance acupuncture
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