We get lots of questions about TCM interpretations of AcuGraph results. TCM practitioners are sometimes confused about how to interpret graph findings that don’t *seem* to agree with their TCM training.
One common example is Spleen Excess. What do you do when you see an excessive reading for the Spleen meridian in a graph, though TCM teaches the spleen can’t be in excess? What does it mean?
Well, in this case, dampness is usually the culprit. Dampness in the spleen will often display as an excessive reading on the graph. And I guess that really makes sense if you think about it. Water conducts electricity, and extra water in the channel would indeed cause a higher conductivity reading.
Now, I’m not saying there is necessarily actual physical water in the meridian. I’m simply pointing out that from a philosophical standpoint, the reading is logical. I’ve seen it many, many times.
Now, having said that, today’s example comes from our AcuGraph Community Forum. Dr. Shawn Soszka asks the following question:
How does the Acuherb program derive the herbal formula prescription if AcuGraph doesn’t rely on TCM diagnosis? This is what I have taken away from the discourse within this thread. Furthermore, how do I develop a customized treatment – I’m using a proprietary blend of TCM herbal formulas in the Cruise Ship’s Spa.
It’s a great question. Here’s my response:
The AcuHerb program derives the prescription from the energetic condition of the meridians. These formulas are not designed to address specific TCM syndromes like heat, dampness, wind, etc., but rather are used from a meridian energetic standpoint to create or restore energetic balance between the meridians. We focused on using formulas that are gentle, safe and effective. The 22 AcuHerb formulas have the added advantage of coming in 750 mg tablet form, so only 4-6 tablets are required daily, rather than 10-20 tea pills.
As for developing your own customized treatments, I would recommend taking a similar approach. Use herbs or formulas that target the specific meridians involved from an energetic standpoint.
Watch for more information coming soon about AcuHerb and the AcuGraph 3.2 upgrade, which includes a greatly enhanced new herbal section.
He follows up with another question:
Can I assume a high reading suggests more of a yang reading? How do you measure this on a yin and/or yang channel? In my training, I was told its not possible to be too yin.
I’m going to open this one up for comments. What do you think? Click here to view comments or post your own.
Until next week,