Occasionally, just occasionally I get to demonstrate to my colleagues how instantaneous acupuncture can be and I am lucky enough to work with some very talented acupuncturists, I just happen to have been in practice for longer than most of them and before Christmas one of my patients arrived and while getting changed to have his treatment, started bleeding profusely from his nose, then proceeded to tell me that his bleeding had been getting worse over the last few days since his medication was adjusted.  Now in the current environment, where hygiene is even more important, facing the hard choice of not treating him or risking blood all over the clinic, I opted for option three, which was to needle an acupuncture point on the hand that is classically used by martial arts teachers to stop a bleeding nose.  I had seen this demonstrated by one of my Tai Chi teachers once, he just used pressure from his index finger on that particular point, so I proceeded to needle and thankfully the bleeding stopped within 30 seconds.  It was a very graphic demonstration to the patient, reaffirming to me about what acupuncture can do and the bin that was filled with colourful couch roll from the bleed as real positive proof of what happened. The acupuncture point in question is small intestine 3, its name is Back Ravine and it is on the outer side of the little finger in the depression behind the base joint located by making a used fist.

If you would like to know further about the use of acupuncture or acupressure for emergency first aid a good book to read is A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth by Tom Bisio.