When All Green isn’t All Good
Posted on 16:49, November 21st, 2011 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Do you ever get a patient who is extremely sick, yet their graph shows a lot of green? We often get phone calls and e-mails from concerned practitioners wondering how a very unhealthy patient could have such a great looking graph. Actually there are some very simple answers to this question which I would like to share, but first let’s take a look at a patient of mine.
A 68-year-old extremely obese patient presented in my office with an inability to walk normally, dizziness, shaking, and irritability. She had just gotten over a bout of diarrhea that lasted a week and left her feeling completely drained (no pun intended). She has a history of phlegm congestion, lower back pain, and abdominal masses.
#1: Inadequate moisture on the probe tip: Make sure the cotton tip is wet, but not dripping. Use standard tap water, not distilled water. You may also use saline solution if you prefer.
#2: Patients with very dry skin: Occasionally you will encounter a patient with very dry skin and very low readings, particularly during cold, dry weather.
#3: Elderly patients: Older patients generally tend to read lower overall.
#4: Reading Jing-Well points: These points tend to read lower overall than source points.
#5: Finally–VERY POOR HEALTH leading to very low energy.
As you know, AcuGraph calculates an average for all the meridian readings and uses this as the basis for the graph calculations. If this average is very low, this may indicate an overall low Chi level in the patient. Along with balancing the readings, this low Chi level should be addressed. When the Chi level is VERY low, the graph will tend to be all green because there simply aren’t enough variations in the readings to categorize anything as excess or deficient.
In our Advanced Training Seminar Series–Module 6, we teach how to increase energy levels for patients with VERY POOR HEALTH leading to very low energy. The graph might look perfect (all green) but the patient really has some important issues that need to be addressed. We suggest that you stimulate all of the Jing-Well points for this patient with an electrical stimulating unit. If you do not have an electrical stimulating unit you could needle, use tacks or even use a laser to stimulate the Jing-Well points. This will help to bring the pulses up, which in turn will bring the energy levels up.
In my private practice, I have a couple of favorite methods for increasing the energy levels:
Once you get the Chi energy level to increase for your patient–the graph will typically look worse. In this case, worse is actually better because the real underlying problems will finally become apparent. At this point you can treat the graph findings and begin to see progress in restoring balance. Once the energy levels have risen and the patient’s health has rightfully improved, you can then celebrate the fact that they have a perfect graph.
Additional Information: If you want to take a look at a similar case and explanation, Click Here.
Have a great week everyone. And for our friends in the USA, I hope that your Thanksgiving celebration is PERFECT!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.