Balancing Your Energy.
The Secret to Vibrant Health.
Ancient wisdom meets cutting-edge technology.
What is AcuGraph?
The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the energetic status of the acupuncture meridians. We will use the system in a short examination by touching a moistened probe to acupuncture points on your hands and feet.
How can AcuGraph help me?
The AcuGraph system allows your practitioner to measure and analyze the energy level of each acupuncture meridian. Armed with this information, your healthcare practitioner can make better informed decisions about your condition, and provide the best treatment possible.
Why Did You Choose the AcuGraph?
AcuGraph is the premiere measurement tool of its type on the market today. It provides a fast and efficient exam, gives the most advanced treatment options, and allows your practitioner to easily track your progress. AcuGraph is the natural choice for practitioners who are committed to high quality care and outstanding results. Your practitioner insists on providing the highest quality care, and this is the most important reason he / she has chosen the AcuGraph system.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Acugraph Scan.
What should I expect in my AcuGraph exam?
The exam itself is brief and comfortable. You will need to remove your shoes and socks, and sit or lie comfortably during the exam. You will hold a metal bar in one hand, and your practitioner will touch a probe lightly to your skin in various spots on your hands and feet. During the exam, you will hear the computer produce tones that mean the exam is progressing properly. The entire exam takes about 2 minutes.
Is AcuGraph Safe?
AcuGraph uses a tiny electric current to test the conductivity of each of your acupuncture meridians. This electrical current is extremely safe for infants, children, adults and the elderly alike.
Are there any Contra-Indications?
The only safety concern at all is when there is a pacemaker or other implanted medical device present. In that case, the AcuGraph exam is not performed. The AcuGraph probe should never be used in the mouth, eyes or mucosa. It should also not be used on rashes, lesions or wounds.
Will I feel anything?
Yes. The tip of the probe will be moist, so you will feel the moisture where the probe touches your skin. But it’s very unlikely you’ll feel the electric current. It’s far too small to be felt in most cases.
What will I learn from the AcuGraph exam?
The AcuGraph exam will show you the balance of energy in your acupuncture meridians. This balance, or lack of balance, is an important key to understanding the state of your health and potential health issues. Your practitioner will help you understand the exam results in the context of your current condition.
If I have energy imbalances, does it mean I’m sick?
Not necessarily. It only means there is an imbalance. According to acupuncture theory, energy imbalances in your meridians, left untreated, may lead to health problems. That’s why it’s important to locate and correct imbalances—before they become severe.
What are Acupuncture Meridians?
Acupuncture meridians are energy pathways in your body that have been used therapeutically for over 5000 years. These meridians conduct life-force energy, Chi or Qi in and around all the parts of your body. Blockage or interference in these meridian pathways can result in energetic imbalances that may contribute to negative health conditions. The primary goal of acupuncture treatment is to restore energetic balance and proper energy flow to these meridians, thus allowing your body to function normally and return to health.
Is one exam enough?
In general, you’ll start with your first exam to establish a baseline, and then you will have at least one follow-up exam to track your progress. Most likely you will have several AcuGraph exams over the course of several weeks.
How often should I have an AcuGraph exam?
Once your initial imbalances are corrected, it’s a good idea to follow up occasionally—so you can catch problems before they grow. Your practitioner will recommend how often you should be checked. Example of exam findings below.
An Acugraph Session.
The entire AcuGraph exam takes less than two minutes and is easy enough to perform. Here’s an overview:
1. MEASURE each meridian with AcuGraph’s computerized measurement probe, as the computer guides you, point-by-point with clear photographic illustrations and verbal prompts. Audio feedback lets you know once a reading has been achieved.
2. WATCH in amazement as AcuGraph instantly provides complete graphical analysis and interpretation of the patient’s meridian energetics in 9 different graph styles, including; yin/yang, 5-elements, horary, and complete symptomatic associations, in a format patients readily embrace. The Personal Integrated Energetics (P.I.E.) score condeness the results down to single number patients readily understand.
3. TREAT the most effective acupuncture points for the patient, based on AcuGraph’s intelligent analysis and 9 available guided treatment protocols. Supplement your treatment with AcuHerb herbal therapy or custom recommendations of your own, all automatically determined and recommended by the software.
4. COMPARE the incredible results experienced by your patients and tracked by subsequent AcuGraph examinations. Two graphs of the same type can be compared on one page together. Only AcuGraph gives you Evidence-Based Acupuncture™ documentation and tracking for superior documentation and patient compliance.
The Nine Analysis Graphs:
1. What is the Baseline Graph?
This shows any excessive energy, energy deficiencies and where the energy is balanced. The practitioner is looking for meridian lines that fall within the balance lines on the graph. It also looks for imbalances within the same meridian where there is a left and right line for each single meridian. Meridians are displayed with arm yin meridians first, followed by arm yang, then leg yin and leg yang. It is also looks at the meridian pairs, see list below:
Pairs of Meridians.
Heart and Small Intestine.
Lungs and Large Intestines.
Liver and Gall Bladder.
Spleen and Stomach.
Kidney and Bladder.
We look at the pairs and see if the partner meridian is also out of balance. This is seen e.g. if you have a cold (lung meridian) you may also have an upset stomach, runny stools etc. (large intestine meridian).
2. What is the Yin verses Yang Graph?
The Yin/Yang graph displays all the yin meridians on the left half of the body and the yang meridians on the right half of the body. It gives an average reading for yin and yang. This allows a comparison of the patient’s yin/yang balance.
3. What is the By Element Graph?
This bar graph puts the meridians in their element pairs, with element averages calculated for easy 5-elements analysis.
4. What is the Five Element Graph?
The element graph displays the examination results as coupled meridians within each element and gives an average reading for each element. This graph promotes 5 element analysis by showing the relative balance among the five elements. The shaded area behind the bars within each element illustrates the average for that element.
In the above example we can easily see excess energy in lungs, imbalances in the large intestines and deficiency in the spleen meridian (lymphatic & blood purification issues). We can also see Metal element is the strongest and Earth element is the weakest.
LU = Lung
LI = Large Intestines
P = Pericardium (Circulation)
TH = Triple Warmer (Endocrine System)
HT = Heart
SI = Small Intestine
SP = Spleen (Lymphatic & Blood Purification)
ST = Stomach
LV = Liver
GB = Gall Bladder
K = Kidney
BL = Bladder
5. What is the Five Element Graph?
The five elements graphic displays the classic five element chart with the relative excess (+), deficient (-), split (x), and normal (=) meridians noted. Element averages of the five elements are also shown. This display is designed to facilitate understanding of the five elements energy transfers for this patient.
6. What are the Horary Graphs?
The Horary graphic displays the horary chart with superimposed shading to show the relative energy level of each meridian. More shading means a higher average reading for that channel. Ideally, the shading should reach the area between the inner and outer circles in the chart. This graphic is useful to understand a client’s energetic condition at various times of day. It is a useful chart for looking at sleep disturbances in relation to how a person is at the time of day on the opposite side of the chart e.g. sleep disturbances 3-5 am look at energy at 3-5pm in the day time.
7. What does my P.I.E. score mean?
Within the P.I.E. chart, each wedge of the circle represents one meridian pathway. Those shown in green are balanced and functioning properly. Colours that do not extend to the edge of the circle identify and classify your meridian energy imbalances.
Your P.I.E. (Personal Integrated Energetic) score includes a complete analysis of all your meridian pathways and reflects the overall health of your meridian energy system. A perfect score of 100 reflects complete balance and unimpeded flow of your Chi or Qi energy. A lower score means there are various imbalances that you and your healthcare practitioner should address together.
8. What are the Ratio Graphs?
The Ratios Graphs give information about the patient’s relative energy balance. On the left is the Chi Energy Level. This is a representation of the clients overall energetic level. The bottom Yin/Yang bar is for Yin/Yang Balance. The right side shows the clients Chi Energy Stability reading. This is determined by analysing the highest and lowest readings in the exam, in relative comparison to the mean. Client’s with a wider range of readings from high to low will have lower relative energy stability. The green area towards the top of the display represents the best balance. Stability is the opposite of variability. A graph with high variability scores low for stability and a graph with low variability scores high for stability.
The centre of the display shows the Right/Left and Upper/Lower balance superimposed on the human figure. The Right /Left reflect the relative balance between the reading seen on the right and left sides of the body, and the upper/lower balance reflects the balance between the readings on the hands and the feet.
9. What information is then available?
There are written information about meridian functions, observed imbalances, potential symptoms and energetic imbalances through the above graphs. It also looks at dietary and food supplements. Meridian treatments available will also be displayed for the auricular, back, divergent channels (left/right and top/bottom of body) and on the physical body.
Understanding your AcuGraph Report.
Firstly don't worry! For example, if the report indicates that the Lungs are too high or low it does not
necessarily mean that you have a condition of the lungs. What it indicates is that there is energy
imbalance in the Lung meridian which may indicate any of the following:
•That there is a problem along the Lung meridian e.g. a wrist or elbow injury.
•That there is an upper respiratory problem such as sinusitis or rhinitis.
•That there is a weakness of the lungs, chest infection, or asthma.
Other examples are:
•Liver meridian imbalances can manifest as migraines, stress or menstrual problems in women.
•Bladder and Gall bladder meridian imbalances can show up as musculo-skeletal problems.
In essence AcuGraph reports indicate functional changes in the body rather than organic disease.
Treatment of these functional changes or energy imbalances should help to prevent diseases in the
future. The most significant imbalances to address, according to the patient's symptoms and medical
history, will be explained.
Cost of a Meridian Analysis Session.
£30.00 per hour.
This may also be used as part of a Health and Lifestyle Analysis Session.
Reflexology or Electronic Acupuncture (especially meridian balancing) after a session using the AcuGragh.