I happened to develop a bone spur on my right index metacarpal bone a couple of weeks ago. I did too much exercise with a hand grip strengthener. There is no pain, but I find it troublesome. I decided to see how it would work with moxibustion. I burned a few half a rice grain moxa cones at the location. Let’s see what happens.
It is said that acute onset involves transmission only to foot meridians, and not to hand meridians. In addition, if it progresses in the order of five phases, the person will survive. If it is against the order of five phases, he will die.
The natural course is generation of water by metal, wood by water, fire by wood, earth by fire, and metal by earth. The abnormal course is control of wood by metal, earth by wood, water by earth, fire by water and metal by fire.
Treatments will be to address DU16 on the first day of the onset, LI3 on the second day, SJ3 and GB41 on the third day, LU11 and SP1 on the fourth day, HT7 and KI3 on the fifth day, and HT4, LV4 and PC5 on the sixth day.
When diseases are on the exterior, which is governed by six fu organs, treatment will be to address SI5, SJ6, LI5 and GB38.
When diseases are in the interior, which is governed by five zang organs, treatments will be to address SP5, KI7, LU8, HT4, and PC5.
Apply acupuncture at acupuncture points LV3 and ST43, which are both indicated for driving out cold and heat. When the hand is affected by cold damage, apply acupuncture at LV3, ST43 and LI10. When the foot is affected, apply acupuncture at LV3 and ST43. When the back is affected, apply acupuncture at LV3, ST43 and SJ6. When the abdomen is affected, apply acupuncture at LV3, ST43 and ST36.