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Balance your Energy.
Balance your Life.
Ancient Wisdom Meets Cutting Edge Technology
The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is utilized as a part of an integrated approach to your healthcare. By combining ancient wisdom with modern technology, we aim to obtain the best results.
1. What is AcuGraph?
The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the energetic status of the acupuncture channels that determine your health. Your acupuncturist will use the system during a short examination by touching a moistened probe to acupuncture points on your hands and feet. There is no sensation during this exam, yet we can measure the electrical resistance of your acupuncture channels to determine where the imbalances lay.
2. What are Acupuncture Channels?
Acupuncture channels are invisible energy pathways in your body that have been used therapeutically for over 5,000 years. These channels conduct life-force energy, or Qi/Chi (pronounced "chee"), in and around all the parts of your body. Blockage or interference in these channel pathways can result in energetic imbalances that may negatively impact health.
The primary goal of acupuncture is to restore energetic balance and proper energy flow to these channels, allowing your body to function normally and return to health naturally.
Think about the electrical power lines we see daily. There is electricity running through these lines that we cannot see but know it is there since power is supplied. Imagine if the power were turned down or off, there wouldn't be enough electricity to power our life efficiently. And now imagine the power turned up full force, causing a blowout. How about if a tree branch fell on those lines, obstructing the flow of electricity and ultimately causing a power outage? These are examples of deficiency (not having enough), excess (having too much), or obstruction/stagnation (lack of smooth flow). Our bodies have twelve primary channels, or power lines, running from the tips of the fingers or toes and into the corresponding limbs, trunk, and head. If there is deficiency, excess, or obstruction/stagnation, then symptoms occur. The job of an acupuncturist is to correct these imbalances as needed.
3. How can AcuGraph Help Me?
The AcuGraph system allows your practitioner to measure and analyze the energy balance of each of your acupuncture channels. Armed with this information, your acupuncturist can make better-informed decisions about your condition and provide the best treatment possible.
4. Why Did my Healthcare Provider Choose AcuGraph?
AcuGraph is the premiere measurement tool of its kind on the market today. It provides a fast and efficient exam, intelligent analysis, the most advanced treatment options and allows your acupuncturist to track your progress easily. AcuGraph is the natural choice for providers who are committed to high-quality care and outstanding results. We at Kara Haines Acupuncture insist on providing the best treatment outcome, and this is what the AcuGraph system allows.
4. What Does my P.I.E. Score Mean?
Within the P.I.E (Personal Integrated Energetics) chart, each wedge of the circle represents one channel pathway. Those shown in green are balanced and functioning properly. Colors that do not extend to the edge of the circle identify and classify your channel energy imbalances.
Your P.I.E. score includes a complete analysis of all your channel pathways and reflects the overall health of your channel energy system. A high score reflects good balance and unimpeded flow of your Qi energy. A lower score means there are various imbalances that you and your acupuncturist should address together.
P.I.E. scores are out of a total of 100
Example P.I.E. Graph:
Several different graph perspectives allow practitioners from different schools of thought to see the channel imbalances clearly.
The following is an example AcuGraph report.
The Baseline view is the main graph that shows all twelve channels with the hand points (or upper body) on the left side of the graph and the foot points (or lower body) on the right. Immediately, this graph shows us which channels are out of balance and how much energy the patient has overall.
An average energy number is given (for example, 106), and any channel that falls in the average or healthy range is green. Any channel that is in excess is red, and deficient is blue. A "split," or significant difference between the left and right sides of the body, is seen as purple.
The goal of the treatment will be to raise the overall energy if needed (100 is an average energy amount, below would be deficient energy, and above would be excessive energy). If there is enough energy (as seen below), then the goal will be to balance out the channels that are not a healthy green.
Imbalances can stem from the organ system itself (this doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the actual organ health, this is more of an energetic assessment), from the channels (muscular-skeletal issues), or emotions (mental-emotional health).
The more balanced the channels, the better the health and fewer the symptoms. The report provided at the end of your treatment includes all the details.
The Yin/Yang perspective groups the channels into their paired organ systems based on the Yin/Yang theory. Yin is translated as "the shady side of the hill" and corresponds to the nourishing, cool, damp, fluid aspect of the body, whereas Yang is "the sunny side of the hill" and is seen as the energetic, warm, moving aspect of the body. For example, when you eat a nutritious piece of food, the nutrients and sustenance would be more Yin, and the act of eating and digesting would be more Yang.
In China, they do not refer to the organ systems when naming the channels as we do in the West. When Chinese medicine came to the westernized world, they named the channels after the organ systems they represent. For example, the Lung and Spleen channels would be seen as the Hand and Foot Tai Yin channels in China, as seen below.
The Five Elements provide us with a different view of how the organ systems relate and connect. The Yin/Yang pairs are categorized by the five elements (Gall Bladder-Yang and Liver-Yin, for example, are the organs that make up the Wood element) and can affect other elements when in excess or deficiency.
Notice below, the Lung (LU) organ is part of the Metal element and is in excess. The Liver (LR) organ is part of the Wood element and is deficient. Take note of the line that connects the two; this shows that stimulating a specific acupuncture point can move the excess from the Lung channel into the deficient Liver channel to bring about balance. This is the role of the Acupuncturist!
The Energy Cycle shows the order and timeframe of energy moving from one channel to the next. The whole process takes 24 hours. This view is beneficial if a patient tends to have symptoms at the same time each day.
For example, if someone has a headache around 3 pm every day, then there may be imbalances around that timeframe. How about if someone tends to wake up every night around 3 am... There could either be excess or deficiency during that time (as seen in the graph below).
The Horary perspective is another view for the time of day effects. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the body's channels is most active during its own, specific two-hour period. The figure below shows the Channel Clock or Horary Cycle.
The Ratios graphics show the relative Chi/energy balance throughout your body.
Chi Energy Level refers to the overall ease in detecting your body's life-force energy, called Chi. The green zone is ideal.
Energy Stability refers to the variability in your exam measurements. If the measurements are highly variable, your stability score is lower. The green zone is ideal.
Upper/Lower Balance refers to the balance between the channels in the hands and feet. The best balance is 0%.
Left/Right Balance refers to the balance between the channels on the two sides of your body. The best balance is 0%.
Yin/Yang Balance refers to the balance between the two types of Chi, positive and negative. Center (equal) balance is best.
Finally, an Information/Exam Findings report explains all of the channel imbalances in greater detail. Food recommendations, Chinese herbs, homecare, and acupressure points can all be included as appropriate.