AcuGraph 4: First Look 5/5 (30)

Hello Friends,

Can’t tell you how excited I am about AcuGraph 4. The best part is that today I finally get to start sharing it with you.

I wanted to start things off right, so I’ve put together a video demonstration of one of the greatest new features in AcuGraph 4.

No, wait. Let me rephrase that.

Today I want to show you the most important breakthrough in electronic meridian testing in the last 60 years.

There, that’s more accurate.

What you’re about to see is a first in the world—something that has never been done before in this field—a complete game changer.

And I need to preface it by saying this:

As I’ve been working on this particular development over the last year or so, I’ve frankly had mixed feelings. The more I’ve learned, the more I’ve realized that while AcuGraph 3 is good, even great, it still suffers from a fundamental flaw common to every electronic meridian analysis system. And therefore, it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

Admitting weakness is never easy, and embracing the monumental process of overcoming the weakness has been no small feat. It took far more time, thought and effort than we ever imagined it would. But the outcome has been worth it. This new technology completely changes the field, and the ultimate winners are our patients.

So, on to the demo. When it’s over, please leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

I’ll show you more features tomorrow.

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Dr. Adrian Larsen

Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

24 Replies to “AcuGraph 4: First Look

  1. I would like to get upgraded to this remarkable product. Do I have to wait until Friday to pay for it?

    1. Warren,

      The video plays through a flash player. You can download flash for free here: http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-FLASH.

      I have added several other viewing options if you wish to try these instead, including a different player that will display the video native to your computer, and an option to download the video as an archive which you can then unzip and view on your local machine. This is also a good option if you have a very slow internet connection.

      Please let me know if you still have trouble with it.

      Thanks!

  2. I am interested to know whether climate differences were taken in to consideration when collating the information? We all know diseases of North China are different to South China and the adaptation of the body to its environment perhaps the single most important thing to take into account when differentiating patterns of disharmony. In the tropical zone I live in I am used to basically every person reading high in their TE scores, and if someone comes in reading normal I treat it as low.

    1. Hi Scott,

      An excellent question. Dr. Nakatani was asked the same thing in the 1970’s and he held that there indeed may be differences in populations based on race, climate, location, etc., but he did not have the ability to make these determinations. One of our continuing projects as our database grows is to begin making these correlations, which may yet enhance the process even further. Current correlations are age, gender, mean, meridian and side. We are currently investigating a number of other parameters for correlation as well.

  3. Great demo to explain the new version, Adrian.
    My only concern is that unlike other past Acugraph upgrades, it appears that with the new Intelligraph system, you have essentially made all your other versions obsolete. I can readily appreciate the excitement for the company in creating a better product, especially for first time users. However, not only is there no incentive to not upgrade for current Acugraph users, remaining with the older versions leaves us knowing that our data is inaccurate, and potentially flawed. I can only hope that you seriously factor this concern into the pricing of the Acugraph 4 upgrade for all of us who have been loyal followers of Acugraph all these many years.

    1. Mitch,

      You are correct, of course. It’s not that AG3 is bad; on the contrary, until now, it was the best available, and as accurate as you can get without the new statistical analysis. Like many devices before it, it’s served well for many years.

      But you’re right. AG4 is significantly better. We certainly weren’t trying to make AG3 obsolete; but that’s always the by product of technological progress. Computers, TV’s, cell phones, you know the routine.

      But don’t worry; the pricing will be a pleasant surprise, and we certainly want to make AG4 as widely available and affordable as possible.

  4. Another obvious consideration would be time of day, which from a traditional point of view would be essential in the analysis of your data. Without knowing the time the reading was taken it would be difficult to accurately interpret the data. Lung would be expected to be highest at 3 am and lowest around 3 pm with a tidal increase and decline between these times.

    Again as we have discussed you have the finest, easiest to use, most accurate equipment I have used in over twenty five years of galvanic skin response testing. You are making great improvements in the field of meridian testing.
    I am very glad to see you using statistical analysis in your research. This is the sort of work which will finally get this field recognized in the formal scientific community. Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Dr. Ross,

      Interestingly, there was a study several years back that measured subjects for 24 hours, but didn’t find any evidence of the horary cycle in the skin resistance readings. Time of day, despite what we would logically expect, turns out to not be important in meridian readings.

  5. Dr. Larsen, I applaud your continual effort to improve & streamline! I was just reflescting with a patient the other day about how the efficiency of the Acugraph was so supperior to the original EMI instrument that I had treated them with some years before, & now this! Great! I look forward to the new update as well as the docking station (another great idea!)I too share Dr. Prywes’ concern regarding the cost for upgrade, but it sounds as if you have given this thought as well. Since I’m having greater involvement with the medical community, I look forward to the opportunity to give them more evidenced based understanding as to what we are accomplishing. Hope you bring your seminars further East!

  6. Congrates! In my book “Advance Acupuncture” published 10 years back I have already written that “All Pulses are not equal. The Element strength is in following order- Metal, Fire, Water, Wood & Earth so Weak Lung Pulse should be considered normal while strongest Spleen Pulse should be considered normal. While reading Acugraph if the strength of the Elements is in order of Metal(100), Fire(92), Water(84), Wood(76) and Earth(68), I take it as a normal graph ! Metal & Fire are recorded on Wrist where skin is thin whereas the other three are recorded on Ankle where it is thicker. This is additional factor for difference in readings. Basically “No two indivisuals are alike, then why two Elements ?” Anyway I am glad to know that You have confirmed it now…. Prof Dr.P.B.Lohiya, Chairman Indian Academy of Acupuncture Science.

  7. “Everyone is Unique.” This is a common phrase I use in my clinic and one which expresses how I practice. The new addition will be greatly appreciated by myself and my patients. Thank you.

  8. Adrian, Hi, am really thrilled about Intelligraph, am a sincere researcher and already had these questions when ordered Acugraph 3. I love the way you have presented Acugraph 4 in the video, and also how many variables you’ve gone to work on at once, having collected the data you needed — would I ever have liked to be in on your process of discovery, what a sweet trip!

    Please put in a pre-order for me for Acugraph 4, it feels so synchronistic to me that I just joined in at this moment of excitement. Channel theory and logic is my game, pulse diagnosis its ground and source, to which I am gradually adding in acugraph as have sought to see what the readings actually mean for me in terms of treatment. Like many Five Element pracitioners, have been doing “akabanes” since J.R. Worsley taught them to me in 1974.

    Have been working with acugraph, checking it out in the clinic, your emails, the blog, facebook. Really getting rolling with it, Intelligraph is an essential, was already making some of those calculations, but with theory not data, always wondering “what does this really mean???” We’re on the same page. Congratulations!
    peace, warm vibes, ~michael

  9. DEAR DR LARSEN . CONGRATULATION ON INTRODUCING ACU GRAPH 4 . THIS IS NO DOUBT A MARVELOUS SUCCESS TO UP-DATE THE MIRACULOUS INVENTION . I DO APPRECIATE THE HECTIC EFFORTS OF YOUR BENIGN SELF & YOUR TEAM .

    DR JAVED IQBAL PRESIDENT ;
    ACUPUNCTURE PROMOTION SOCIETY PAKISTAN .

  10. Dr Adrian Larsen,

    It great Acugraph 4 th congratulation for your new development and incredible imnprouvement in Acugraph.
    Bravo!! I have teach little by little what acugraph mens and how the practitioner can make a great used.
    I will see now that the Acugraph is in Spanish
    and the new Intelligraph we can promote this wonderfull tools for Practicioner in Chile.

    Profesor Marcos Casas Cordero Ph.D (Pathology, Canada)
    Faculty of Medicine and Odontology
    University of Antofagasta
    Angamos 601
    Antofagasta
    Chile

  11. I received the “AcuGraph 4: First Look” e-mail yesterday, I’m excited about the release! I am really interested in the upgrade, I have been using the current version frequently and am really impressed.

    Thanks!

    Derek

  12. Dr. Larsen,

    Fantastic demo, This looks like it is going to be great advancement in meridian graphing. Looking forward to getting one and having you come to Kansas City to Demonstrate this to my classes. Keep up the great work you are doing. Look forward to seeing you in KC.

    Larry Beem, D.C. DABCA, FASA
    701 E. 63rd. Street
    Kansas City, Mo 64110

  13. Hi,

    I was wondering if you used the averages from all graphs you have in you database or if you used the averages from healthy or normal graphs? It seems to me that if you are using all graphs to create your, then the mean will be skewed by the “unhealthy” graphs included in the total database. Labs create their “normals” by creating a bell curve of all the patients who get their blood drawn. Since a large percentage of the patients getting blood are unhealthy, the labs values are skewed and don’t reflect “optimal values. Your help with this is appreciated.

    1. Hi James,

      I answered this one yesterday when you first asked it, but it turns out you posted it to a different blog entry, so it didn’t show up here. Sorry about that.

      Here’s the answer again:

      Great question. Actually, the mean is still calculated based on the patient’s own measurements, not on the population. The subsequent reading adjustments are based on the population specific to that patient’s demographic (age, gender and mean.) The ultimate result is that the patient is still only compared against their own readings, but their readings are adjusted for the tendencies of the meridians being measured. It’s essentially the same process Nakatani used, but adjusting the readings rather than the scale. And of course, now it’s verified by a much broader statistical analysis than Nakatani could have ever done without the benefit of computers. Turns out he was largely correct in his methods–quite an accomplishment for the 1950’s and 1960’s!

      Interesting aside about a “healthy” population: We put a lot of time, thought and research into how one defines a “healthy” population for meridian graphing. Clearly the absence of symptoms doesn’t necessarily define health because it is possible to be very imbalanced but not yet have symptoms. Similarly, it’s possible to have a rather balanced graph but still have symptoms. So that definition doesn’t work.

      The next thought was to only use readings from people with very good graphs—high PIE scores, lots of greens, etc. Trouble with that is that by defining “Good” as mostly green, we naturally force all meridians into the pre-arrange parameters we have already defined, rather than simply observing to see how the readings naturally trend. In other words, to build on my example, we would only count the Lung and Gall Bladder channels as “healthy” when they matched each other, which they clearly don’t want to do. So using “good” graphs just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact we ran a full analysis using this model and guess what? It said not to adjust anything. Just like we expected.

      Dr. Nakatani addressed this question by using the general population and excluding the statistical outliers as unhealthy, and defining the center of the bell curve as healthy. Ultimately that’s the approach we took as well. Because “sick” can either be too high or too low, by definition “healthy” tends to be in the center. And of course, the range is different for every channel, gender, age, side and mean.

So, what do you think about it?