I was in Kansas City last weekend where I taught a module on meridian graphing at the Acupuncture Society of America. I ran across an interesting case:
One of the students in attendance at the seminar had slipped the night before and fallen down some stairs onto concrete. She landed on her right side and noted that she had pain in her right hip and the right side of her back, as well as her right arm. Basically the whole right side of her body was sore.
Because this was primarily a musculoskeletal complaint, I opted to use the jing-well exam, which accesses the musculotendino branches of the meridians. Take a look at her graph:
I thought it was very telling that the two meridians where the pain was concentrated (GB and BL) also turned out to be split with the excess on the same side as the acute pain.
As is often the case with jing-well graphs, everything else in the exam was pretty well balanced.
Musculoskeletal injuries often lateralize meridian readings. The left/right balance on the ratios screen is the place to look for global lateralizations, while looking at individual meridians may help locate specific areas of concern.
Of course, musculoskeletal injuries are not the only cause of split meridians, but they certainly are one of the causes, particularly in the musculotendino branches.
Needless to say, the patient was impressed that the AcuGraph system so quickly and accurately localized the issue to the two most affected meridians–and provided treatment recommendations.
They don’t always show this clearly, but when they do, it’s fun to share.