Another reason offered for the location of the discomfort moving (I am referring to the case in "Remodeling" below) was that the thumb pain was just the tip of the iceberg. That was what manifested or was shouting that there was a problem in one or more channels/systems but that actually the whole channel or system was affected and only that area could be seen. So when the treatment balanced yin and yang and the san tong partnerships, the imbalance shifted and moved. It was a very good sign that the treatment was working and the body healing.
Chinese medicine has a very interesting and logical theory that the way the body deals with the pathogens and stressors that come at it is to fight them off at barriers around the entrances and should that be ineffective to reroute them away from essential systems, even to sequester them in places to be dealt with later, When the holding areas become full eventually, the person will have to
deal with them.
We are a micrososmic mirror of the macrocosm. It makes a beautiful and delicious sense to me. I once heard that the best turkish rugs are designs in which every pattern is part of another and another and so on. So too are we and our parts but patterns within the greater patterns of the universe.
Licensed Acupuncturist, RN, Buddhist monk
"The pursuit of health is invariably a spiritual quest."