Standardized ear treatment for geriatric patients

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A seven-point formula — modify this seven-point formula according to the patient’s signs and symptoms if necessary. Add points for specific conditions or localized areas of pain, such as knees, low back, or shoulder.

1. Shenmen — Shenmen quiets the Heart, calms the spirit, and puts the patient into a state of receptivity for the treatment. This point can be used to treat restlessness, insomnia, and mental disorders sometimes characteristic of old age. Shenmen neutralizes toxins and cures inflammation, such as arthritis, commonly seen in the elderly. Many geriatric diseases have a pain component. Shenmen is one of the most clinically effective points for pain because this point pertains to the Heart and, as the Neijing (see Chapter 1, History) says, "When the heart is serene, all pain is negligible."

2. Sympathetic (any of its three locations) — the Sympathetic point relieves pain, so it is a useful point if an elderly patient has pain, as many do. The Sympathetic point stimulates dilation of blood vessels, therefore improving circulation (the lack of circulation being a leading cause of illness in the elderly). It is also used to treat opthamological diseases that are common in the elderly.

3. Kidney — this point tonifies the Root Qi of the body (the foundation Yin and Yang), which declines with aging.

4. and 5. Spleen and Stomach — treating Spleen and Stomach reinforces post-natal Qi, which may be weak in the elderly due to age or poor nutrition. Treating these points builds Blood. Since the Spleen dominates the muscles, it is good for treating muscular atrophy and muscle weakness due to lack of exercise and age.

6. Brain — the Brain point regulates neurological function and benefits the mind. This point regulates the excitation or inhibition of the cerebral cortex and is a general treatment point for diseases of the nervous, digestive, endocrine, and urogenital systems. It can be used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, insomnia, and prolapse. All of the aforementioned problems are common in the elderly.

7. Liver — the Liver promotes the free flowingness of Qi in the body, thereby maintaining the harmonious relationship between the internal organs and external environments. It moves Blood, moves Stagnation, builds Blood and Yin, and increases energy. Blood disorders, especially Blood deficiency, Stagnation, and Yin deficiency are common patterns of disharmony in the aged.

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