While I am riding the waves of healing crisis, I’ll tell you a bit more about the treatment I am getting in the clinic, so that you have a clearer picture of what it all entails.
In the morning, Dr. Lee’s assistants call a number of patients from the waiting room. The assistants also bring him the patients’ files.
The patients take a seat in Dr. Lee’s examination room. Dr. Lee asks each patient how he/she feels and if he/she thinks he/she had a deviation. They are asked to put their YBA (Ying Yang Balancing Appliance) in their mouth and Dr. Lee then applies Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) to check the balance of the jaw. The patient needs to firmly hold up a stretched arm, and Dr. Lee will try to pull it down while the patient consecutively touches the left cheek, the right cheek, the mouth, and the back of the head. In this way, the balance in all possible directions is tested. If one of the tests fails, i.e., if the arm is pulled down, a deviation has occurred and a new YBA needs to be made for renewed balance. Dr. Lee confirms this by having the patient (still wearing the YBA) bite on a strip of paper at the side where the deviation has occurred.
Before the new YBA is made, the patient lies down on Dr. Lee’s treatment table for a couple of special Chuna (chiropractics) manipulations, in order to realign the upper vertebrae C1 and C2. This only takes a minute.
In the meantime, one of Dr. Lee’s assistants is updating the patient file, indicating at which side the YBA needs to be adjusted, and also adjusting the thickness of the two paper stacks that are kept as a reference for each individual patient.
The assistant then mixes two blobs of two-component putty and quickly passes this to Dr. Lee. He spreads the blob on de lower incisors of the patient while inserting the reference paper stacks between the patient’s molars and asks the patient to bite. Dr. Lee then does some tiny adjustments, asking the patient to move the mandible until it is nicely aligned. All this is done while the patient is sitting in an extreme military posture. In this fashion the entire body and spine are ‘programmed’ to store this posture as the correct, balanced one.
One minute later, the putty has hardened and Dr. Lee’s assistant quickly makes a new blob and splits it in two. Dr. Lee splices the two parts at both ends of the already hardened piece, and reinserts the whole thing into the patient’s mouth, but this time without the paper stacks, obviously. (After all, the correct position of the mandible is already secured by the first hardened piece of putty.) Dr. Lee then quickly spreads the soft putty over the rest of the teeth and molars and asks the patient to bite again. One minute later, the patient can move on to the remainder of the treatment sequence.
After passing the hardened YBA to the assistants, the patient then lies, face down, on one of the pelvic-balancing tables. These are designed and built by Dr. Lee. There are two blocks supporting the pelvic bones (or anterior superior iliac spines), and special pillows supporting shoulders and chest, forehead, and legs. The table will resolve pelvic distortions, improve muscle strength, and balance the craneo-sacral system. Even ten minutes on the table already yield a long-term effect.
Once comfortably installed, Dr. Lee applies C-fiber balancing acupuncture. Within a matter of seconds he inserts up to 10 needles in neck, shoulders, and/or back, depending on the patient’s specific needs. This is almost completely painless, although I sometimes feel kind of an electrical shock when the needle goes in. The acupuncture itself is aimed at pain reduction and regulating Qi-energy, i.e., recovery of unbalanced Qi-energy of channels and collaterals in internal organs.
About 10 minutes later, the assistants come to remove the needles and to apply cupping therapy on the patient’s body. Around 20 to 30 small cups are placed on the neck, back and shoulders. The cups are attached by creating a vacuum using a little automatic pump. The purpose of cupping is to enhance bodily immunity by removing irregularities from the blood circulation. With all those cups snugly attached to my back, hardly able to move anymore, I often feel like a turtle (or at least how I think a turtle feels). In the beginning the skin under the cups became completely red (and blue, purple, and green a few days later). I felt quite bruised. But now my skin doesn’t show much discoloration anymore and I have started to like the feeling of the cups. Since I am quite lean with little body fat, the assistants sometimes have a hard time making the cups stick to my body, and I cannot help laughing when the just-attached cups keep losing their vacuum and falling down.
Anyway, after another 10 minutes, the assistants liberate the patient from the cups. Meanwhile they have trimmed the YBA with a cutter in order to remove excess putty at the edges. It then looks like this:
With the new YBA in his/her mouth, the patient then reports to Dr. Lee, who performs another RCA test to make sure that the YBA is properly made, i.e., provides the required balance.
Finally, the patient is invited to take a rest on a CST pillow, i.e., a craneo-sacral therapy pillow. It looks like this:
This is another invention of Dr. Lee. The pillow is designed to support the head in two ways, both providing a well-know CST technique, to be specific CRI (Cranial Rhythmic Impulse Technique) and CV4 (Compression of 4th Ventricle Technique). The techniques stimulate the respiratory function of the cranium and the sacrum, and promote circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal canal and cranium. The head of the patient should rest at the point where it hurts the most. After a few minutes the pain subsides, and then the patient should slightly shift the head to find a new tender spot. It is advised to lie on the CST pillow for at least 20 minutes.
That is the whole sequence of one treatment. Usually it takes a little more than one hour in total.
The patient is dismissed to do exercises, to make long walks, to take herbal medicine, etc. All the time, military posture needs to be maintained. And all the time, the patient keeps the YBA in his/her mouth. Until a deviation occurs. This is when the balance is disturbed and the patient starts to feel more/new symptoms, or any other obvious discomfort. At that moment, the YBA should be exchanged for the TBA (TMJ Balancing Appliance), also an invention of Dr. Lee. It looks like this:
Where the YBA is tailor-made, the TBA is a standard appliance with the same purpose. In conjunction with the YBA, the function of the TBA is to keep a free space in the temporomandibular joint and thus to preserve the result that the YBA has delivered. Actually, when not wearing the YBA, the patient should always wear the TBA, day and night – except when eating or when talking if you really have to do that. That was quite hard for me in the beginning, but now I got used to it.
When a deviation has occurred, the patient can go back to the clinic to get a new treatment and to go through the whole sequence again! This can be up to 5-6 times per day.
Dr. Lee is the spider in the web. He directs and manages everything that happens. He decides about every detail. He is an incredible multitasker, doing various things simultaneously and never missing a single step. His assistants also work very hard, literally running around to perform all the required tasks.
A minimal gesture of Dr. Lee is enough for them to comply with his wishes. Without any slack time, they guide the patients to their destinations. And they are always friendly and keep smiling. I really admire them for that. Fortunately, they are also able to have a good laugh together, between whiles. And Dr. Lee’s students, the doctors and dentists, always stand indefatigably next to the treatment table and watch everything that happens, taking notes, sometimes supporting Dr. Lee with CRA testing, and translating his explanations for me into English.
So the clinic is a busy place. And it is getting busier by the day. Dr. Lee recently started to appear on television for weekly Q&A sessions with patients throughout the country. With a million spectators of the program, this is immediately noticeable in the number of new intakes, which has more than tripled I think.
So it’s up to me now to get well and make place for new patients!