Smashed (Buffy, Season 6, Episode 9)


In the wake of the music, this episode brings to a head Buffy and Spike’s latent sexual tension, while Willow and Tara’s relationship moves in the opposite direction.  We and Spike also learn Buffy came back not-quite-human — Spike can punch Buffy without feeling the pain usually brought on by the chip in his brain when he moves to harm humans.  The combination ‘love me, hurt me’ leads to several innuendos about getting together, and by the end of the episode the Buffy and Spike finally have at it.

Poor Spike, not human, not vampire.  Where does he fit in?  And Buffy — Where does Buffy fit in?  Not human either, but not non-human (although she may have taken on aspects of the Key as a result of her sacrifice)…

Meanwhile, Willow faces her new-found freedom to abuse magic, now that Tara is no longer in the picture.  Willow’s response to the break-up clearly shows what she values most — and it isn’t Tara.  (Again, I am reminded that Tara is perhaps my favourite character on the show, especially this season.)  Willow turns Amy the rat back into a human, and the two of them have a fun time at the Bronze magicking the place until they get bored.   Willow’s boredom — tolerance? — with the limits of her magic will lead to more serious consequences in the next episode.   Xander mentions to Buffy his concern that Willow’s addiction to magic is increasingly dangerous, but neither moves to act on his observation.

The events in this episode are all concerned with events and emotions building up, getting closeted and needing release, or getting unraveled and needing consolidation.  This is the terrain of the Dai Mai.  In each case, tonifying or astringing the Dai Mai will help its functioning.  First, astringing the vessel will help it gather together all the other channels of the body — the Dai Mai is the only named channel which runs horizontally around the body, like a belt, thus crossing all except the arm channels.  Second, astringing the Dai Mai will help prevent leakage by channeling the qi and jing back to their proper drainage passageways.  One should not worry too much that astringing the channel in these cases will cause urinary (or emotional) block, unless excess heat is present in the system to begin with.  In that case, choosing points to drain heat through the Dai Mai would be advisable.

The point prescription would be to open with GB-41 on the ladies’ left sides, men’s right sides.  Then, for Buffy and Spike:  GB-28 ‘Linking Path’, BL-52, BL-23, and Du-4 ‘Ming Men’.  The goal is to relink all the channels and their associated qualities back to the sense of destiny and the will to carry out that destiny.

For Willow, I would choose GB-26 (especially for draining damp-heat), and in lieu of the bladder points, ST-25 ‘Heavenly Pivot’.  If ST-15 below the second rib were sensitive, I would add SP-15 ‘Great Horizontal’; it might help her find her balance again.  Come to think of it, perhaps Buffy could use ST-25 instead of BL-23, too.

As a side note, with regard to Spike, the Dai Mai muscularly corresponds to the cremaster muscle as it comes off the obliques.  LV-13 and LV-12 may influence that muscle, and in some cases, I might consider adding LV-12 to a Dai Mai treatment for conditions like Spike’s.

For herbal treatments, we could focus on draining the Dai Mai, astringing it in an effort to reorient its draining capacity, or we could focus on regulating the fluids of the Liver (usually thought of as Liver blood, but the Liver is commander of qi in the body, which is associated with thin fluid as well).  To regulate the fluid of the Liver, I would use Wu Ling San with the addition of Wu Yao.

However, if we were to focus on herbs which go to the EVs, Ye Tian-shi recommends  Dang Gui, Sha Yuan Zi, Bai Shao, Shu Di, and Gou Qi Zi.  He also recommends some herbs with astringent qualities like qian shi, sang piao xiao (the Scoobies should have plenty of that left over from Season 2), and jin ying zi (rosehips).  Jin Ying Zi will restrain without tonifying, so would be a good choice for Spike and Buffy.

I would suggest Dang Gui to help the hun rejoice in itself; Bai Shao, to soothe the Liver and relax the sinews; Sha Yuan Zi, to astringe and boost the essence so as to channel KD jing around to LV blood (do not use in the case of heat); and Qian Shi, to augment Sha Yuan Zi.  (Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the Shen Nong Ben Cao today, so cannot comment on additional effects Qian Shi and Sha Yuan Zi might have.)  Shu Di might make a better addition, if its moistening action were called for, as in the case of tendons which have gone tense from lack of fluids.  Shu Di pacifies the hun and po and ‘makes the will long’.  It is useful as a herb when points like BL-52 are needled.  If Willow wanted to exert her will against the use of magic for Tara’s sake, I would recommend that herb in her formula.

As always, these posts are for entertainment and educational purposes only.  If you or a loved one have issues in the closet you would like to resolve in a health manner, please see a qualified practitioner. 

Happy Slayage!

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