Ted (Buffy, Season 2) Post Two


In the previous post about this episode, we examined Ms Calendar’s trouble sleeping after heart shock and her loss of interest in a former romantic partner.

Now, however, we get to tackle two other interesting pathologies presented in this particular episode, for theoretical purposes and our own general entertainment only, of course.

Ted, the robot who looks human enough to seduce Buffy’s mom, lives in a basement outfitted to resemble a 1950’s home.  Even his vocabulary hasn’t progressed much beyond a sadistic Leave it to Beaver era television show. Occasionally someone presents at clinic with signs and symptoms not unlike these — although, to be honest, usually the folks who appear at acupuncture clinics would be prone to being stuck more in the 60’s or 70’s rather than the 50’s.  The ’50’s were perhaps far too conventional — even in China — for such backwards medicine as acupuncture.

For someone who is stuck in a previous era of their lives and cannot seem to get out of it, I would use the Yang Wei Mai and Yang Qiao Mai.  The former extraordinary vessel deals with how a person integrates with time, while the latter is concerned with how one views the world in relation to what has happened to that person.

Needle technique would be deep and vibrating.  The points I would choose are left TH-5, bilateral GB-13, bilateal BL-1, and right BL-62.  Bladder 62 seems to be my point of the week, I’ve noticed.    If I were to use the primary channels, I would be sure to include LV-14.  In fact, this is one of the few cases in which I would concentrate on the Liver channel, as dealing with smoothing out one’s being in time.  The other channel I might select would be the Triple Heater, dealing as it does with Minister Fire’s allocation of jing according to cycles of seven and eight, and perhaps the Stomach, for its role in going out into the world and processing it.

The other issue concerns not obsessive eating so much as an allergy to food.  This manifested as sudden support of the villain, seeing everything he did through rose coloured glasses, and a generalised strong reaction to and craving for the drug-laced food he provided.

So, it may be a stretch to call this a “food allergy.”  Still, I would use the Channel Divergences for this particular case.

The channel divergences are among the oldest recorded channel trajectories and are the first which ought to be studied.  The link the jing level with the wei qi level, and are particularly effective in treating autoimmune conditions.  These channels are sometimes thought of as the internal branches of the primary meridians, and unite the yin-yang pairs of primary channels into one system.  All the paired divergences connect to the Heart, and they can thus be used to mobilise the Heart’s ability to dispel pathology, much as an emperor can expel enemies with a word.  All their trajectories are upwards, to expel pathogens through the upper orifices, and so it is vital that these be cleared before treatment commences.

Needling technique varies depending on what one intends to do.  If one intends to bring out a pathogen, after assessing that the patient has enough jing, blood, or body fluids to expel the pathogen, a superficial-deep-superficial technique is used.  Otherwise, the reverse holds.  At the deep level, the vibrating technique is used, and treatment is done for three days in a row, after which the body is given a three day break, before treatment resumes for another three days.  This is done over a period of eighteen days, and then the patient’s condition is reassessed.

The Stomach and Spleen divergent channel can effectively be used to treat cases of food allergies.  Energetically, it brings TaiYin fluids to support YangMing, and symptoms of its dysfunction include dryness, acid regurgitation or reflux,IBS, thyroid problems, hives, and blurred vision or cataracts.

The points I would select are ST-30, which is the confluent point of the ST-SP channel divergence; CV-12, which I might choose to gua sha in order to expel wind, if the food allergy manifests as hives or skin rashes; ST-9, which will open the sensory orifices that are clouded by the drug; ST-4, which happens to be the entrance for the drug; and BL-1, the uniting point of the ST and SP channel divergence.

This treatment, minus ST-4, might also prove to be useful in cases of thyroid disease leading to increased blood sugar levels due to medication.

Herbally, I would add Sang Ji Sheng and Shu Di to a formula which clears the mind by treating the Spleen.  I would select Si Jun Zi Tang, and substitute Fu Shen for Fu Ling, and increase the dosage of Bai Zhu.

As always, this post is intended for theoretical purposes only.

Happy slayage!

Would this treatment work for cases of drug-laced food?  I don’t know.

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