Complaints: Chronic low back pain and radiculitis into
buttock. The pain is aggravated with prolonged sitting in front of a computer
at work. 4 years ago, he had discectomy on lumbar 2-3 and it had resolved much
of the pain.
Acupuncture: Right-side in Metal-Order of LU11, KD2, LR3,
HT4, and SP9.
Treatment process: Each treatment was immediately
helpful, and the benefit lasted into the following visit. 5 treatments in 2
weeks had resolved most of the pain.
Discussion: This patient initially came to this
clinic 3 years ago for the same problem which was resolved with 6 treatments.
The first 2 treatments in Wood-Order of LR1, HT8, SP3, LU8, and KD10 relieved
half the pain although the same amount of intense pain returned when
aggravated. A change to Metal-Order on the 3rd visit had immediately reduced
most of the pain. 3 more Metal-Order treatments stabilized the improved state
in intensity, frequency, and duration for at least one year. In addition, the
same acupuncture points had elevated his mood, energy, quality of sleep.