Complaints: Persistent left sacro-iliac pain and sciatica
after a disc replacement surgery, which had much relieved the lumbar pain.
Acupuncture: Left-side yang horary points in Wood Order of
GB44, SI2, ST43, LI5, and ST36 (ST36 is as good as UB40).
Treatment process: The first two treatments in Metal-Order
of LI1, UB66, GB41, SI5, and ST36 gave an immediate relief but the same pain
came back 1 or 2 days later. Wood Order treatments from the third visit had a
more dramatic and lasting relief. By the 6th visit, pain was very
Discussion: There are two types of five-element layout. About
70% of the population has metal LI1, water UB66, wood GB41, fire SI5, and earth
STS36 as their horary points. The other 30% of the population has wood GB44,
fire SI2, earth ST43, metal LI5, and water UB40 as the horary points.