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Complaints: Psychological stress from harassment at work for 1 year. Left job 2 years ago but still has to experience high anxiety and depression. Right wrist pain due to De Quervain’s was making yoga exercise difficult. Acne on the face for at least 7 years. Excessive hair loss for more than 1 year. Premenstrual syndrome.
Acupuncture: Left-side Yang Horary points in Wood-Order of GB44, SI2, ST43, LI5, and UB40 (ST36 works as well). Sasang herbal formula Xiang Sha Yang Wei Tang (Bai Zhu, Bai Shao Yao, Zhi Gan Cao, Ban Xia, Xiang Fu, Chen Pi, Gan Jiang, Shan Zha, Sha Ren, Bai Dou Kou, Sheng Jiang and Da Zao) for a Lesser Yin and Greater Yin combination (aka Kapha in Ayurveda, Melancholic in Unani, and Soeumin in Sasang).
Treatment process: The patient had 9 acupuncture sessions in 5 months. Each treatment was significantly and additionally helpful. There was a linear and stable improvement in less intensity, less frequency, and shorter in duration. Anxiety, depression, De Quervain’s, PMS, and excessive hair loss were mostly gone. Her sense of well-being was elevated with mood, energy, brain clarity, and vibrancy. Even lessening on anti-depressants did not cause withdrawal. Facial acne was less by more than half.
Discussion: This is a highly reactive patient who had quick, significant, and lasting relief. For a Lesser Yin constitution, which is a cold body type with strong brain-gut connection, herbs that enhance digestive ability help to calm down the brain. Furthermore, an only a small amount of treatment can have a large outcome when it is what the patient needed.