I’m always looking for ways to better myself as an acupuncturist and help my patients get great results. So, I’ve decided to add AcuGraph readings to your appointments. I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and the feedback has been great!
What is AcuGraph
The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool. It is used to analyze and document the energetic status of the acupuncture meridians.
What are Acupuncture Meridians?
Acupuncture meridians, also called channels, are invisible energy pathways in your body. They have been used therapeutically for over 5,000 years. Think of them as a subtle version of the nervous system, and the energy/information/gas transmitted through them is called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Blockage or interference in these meridian pathways can result in imbalances that may contribute to negative health conditions. The primary goal of acupuncture treatment is to restore balance and flow to these meridians. This allows your body to function normally and return to health naturally.
How is the AcuGraph information used in the treatment?
The short exam consists of touching a cotton-tipped probe to various points on the hands and feet. The AcuGraph takes a measurement of the energy through each meridian, and then provides a graph (see pic above) showing which ones are normal, excess, or deficient.
Using this information, the acupuncturist chooses points to balance the meridians. Basically, if we can get the body in balance during the treatment, it will do its best to stay in that balanced state. The AcuGraph offers a snapshot of the way your body is imbalanced at the time of your treatment. Imagine that your system is a sphere when it’s in balance. Out of balance, you are pulled in different directions and become oval or elliptical. Now, when we balance your meridians in the treatment, you are relaxed back into a sphere. Your body wants health and balance, so even as the energy naturally flows throughout the day after your treatment, it will stay in that healthy, balanced spherical shape.
Root+Branch Treatment=Great Results
This re-balancing act forms the “root” treatment, and more acupuncture points or needle-free techniques like cupping may then be used to treat the “branch” issue. The “branch” is likely the illness or pain that brought you in for your treatment. Feeling the pulse and looking at the tongue are traditional ways to diagnose the root issue, but it sure is nice to do just do a quick scan and get some really helpful info.
I look forward to showing you the AcuGraph at your next visit!