Reptile Boy (Buffy, Season 2)


Frat boys.  Funny how one of them looks similar to a lawyer (Lindsey) at Wolfram and Hart.  Frat boys, however, are merely a symptom of Giles’ overbearing training of Buffy.  While he claims he only pushes her so hard because he knows what she has to face (if that were true, that would make him an oracle, which he isn’t), Buffy and Willow stated the diagnosis I would adopt:  an inability to digest certain information.

Wai Ke is a form of medicine which can be used to address digestive disorders, including problems digesting experience.  Li Dong Yuan, who wrote the Treatise on the Spleen and Stomach (the Pi Wei Lun), is the source of many herbal formulae which can be used to address situations of this type, and I refer the interested reader to his text.  He does examine emotional manifestations as they relate to the Heart and Stomach in his work.

Ultimately, this inability to assimilate, to take things in, comes down to a Yang Ming issue:  the Stomach, which takes in experiences through the eyes at ST-1, nose at ST-3, mouth at ST-4, and ears at ST-7, (and brain at ST-8) cannot bring them internally through ST-12, or if it can, it does not assimilate them properly.  Sometimes this means the Stomach holds onto those experiences too long — at ST-25, the Large Intestine mu point, or at ST-37, the Lower Meeting Point of the Large Intestine (and a point on the Sea of Blood, where experiences and emotion meet with substance).

Bringing up the Large Intestine takes us to the other aspect of Yang Ming, elimination from the interior.  LI-18 is a point known to help one digest one’s experiences.  LI-6, the luo point, can help warm one’s teeth to actually chew the experience enough that the Stomach can digest it.  Resonating with blood, it also deals with pathologies which have gone interior.  If the person is cold and cannot warm up, the Ling Shu advises that two points should be needled on the arm yang ming channel.  LI-18 and LI-6 would follow this advice, and perhaps Giles would show a little more warmth.

The acupuncture treatment which would benefit Giles would be:  LI-6, ST-37 to access emotions held in the blood and bring them to the portion of Yang Ming dealing with deciding what to let go; then ST 1, 4, or 5, to remind the body of the source of this information; next LI-18 (with a quarter turn, according to Leon Hammer); and finally CV-12 (the mu point of the Stomach, so that what is needed goes inward) and ST-25 (to relax enough to let go of what is not needed).

The last two points could also access the Ren Mai and Dai Mai respectively, if needled properly.  Which gives another slant to this treatment — if one wishes to adjust a constitutional tendency to clinging or avoidance of bonding, which can manifest as not being able to digest.  Note that the Ren Mai also affects the sphincter muscles, which includes the pyloric sphincter.  Heart burn can be an emotional issue.

Herbally, I would consider an initial does of a formula from Li Dong Yuan’s younger contemporary Zhu Dan-xi:  Bao He Wan.  This formula reduces food stagnation and benefits the stomach, and will prepare it to receive further medicinals.  A similar formula would be the follow-up treatment: Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang.  Because it also addresses the Liver, this formula would help soothe Giles’ boundary-pushing approach to Buffy.  Since both these are available in patent medicines, and Giles is a busy man, I would expect he would be content to use these without modifications.  If Giles were also presenting with migraines, I might add some Wu Zhu Yu, to help warm the Stomach and transform the cold turbid fluids.  If left untransformed, these fluids can lead to water-toxicity, manifesting as migraines.

Of course, by the end of the episode, Giles learns that he should incessantly nudge Buffy, rather than push her.  I’m sure we’ll revisit his case in the future and strive to rectify a now clearly obsessive Spleen type…

This post is meant for theoretical and entertainment purposes only.  Please see a qualified practitioner if you think Asian Medicine may benefit your condition.

Happy Slayage!

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