How did you know that??? 5/5 (31)

Recently I received a phone call from one of my patients. She said: “I don’t know how you know these things, but you were RIGHT—I was coming down with a cold and I didn’t even know it! The good news is that my cold only lasted one day, and usually I am sick for 3 to 4 days. Can I book an appointment for my husband to keep him healthy also?”

This is the time of year that everyone is hoping that they don’t get run over by the ‘Flu Truck.’ How did I know that my patient was coming down with something?  NO–it wasn’t because I looked into my “crystal ball” to see the future of her health.  I simply graphed her and found multiple indications that this may be the case. This led to me asking her if she felt like she was coming down with something.  Her answer was: “No, but I have been a little tired lately.”

Her graph indicated to me that she was more susceptible to catching a cold…

Some indications that made me think she was in danger of getting a cold were as follows:

#1: My experience has shown that those with deficiency or splits in the Lung channel are more susceptible to getting sick during flu season.

#2: The Lung and Large Intestine are paired organs which tend to be out of balance when someone has low immunity.  The Lung was deficient and the Large Intestine was split…

#3: She hadn’t been eating well, which also adds to someone being more susceptible to a virus.  She didn’t come right out and tell me that she wasn’t eating well, but I could tell by the graph.  The Spleen was split and the Stomach was excess. When I asked her about this she confirmed that she had been to several holiday parties over the last week.

This is a great time of year to let your patients know that acupuncture can help them boost their immunity.  Here is a little bit of ADVANCED AcuGraph Training—from a TCM perspective which includes classic points to remember and herbs to have on hand for your patients.

how to boost immunity with acupuncture


Split or Deficiency in the Lung channel:

  • Lung 7 is the Luo for this channel so it is perfect for balancing splits.
  • Lung 7 combined with LI 4 create the perfect pair for promoting immunity.
  • I also like to add SP 6 and ST 36 to this combination when I am trying to strengthen someone’s immune system.

Excess in the Lung Channel:

  • Often phlegm is the culprit for excess in the Lung channel.
  • To get rid of phlegm you want to support the Spleen and Stomach by adding SP 6 and ST 36.
  • And then I ALWAYS add ST 40.  Peter Deadman says that “ST 40 is the single most important acupuncture point to transform phlegm in the body.”  It transforms damp, benefits the chest, and alleviates cough and wheezing.


Phlegm changes as a sickness progresses.  Here are two herbal formulas which may be indicated when your patient presents with phlegm.  It is good to keep both on hand because the type of phlegm they present with will indicate which formula they need.

Bai He Gu Jin Pian (302 LU)

  • Symptoms: Very dry cough, extreme thirst, a sore throat, and dry yellow/green phlegm that is hard to cough up—sometimes there may be blood.  Usually they would also complain of night sweats and the feeling of being hot.
  • TCM: Lung heat

Er Chen Pian (204 SP)

  • Symptoms: Cough, with a lot of whitish phlegm that is easy to cough up, with nausea and possible vomiting, with a tendency toward feeling chilled.
  • TCM: Phlegm damp in the middle jiao

Note:  As always—check for any contraindications that may be indicated for these particular formulas.  This information can be found in your AcuHerb manual.

Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Research Analyst

Miridia Technology

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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

17 Replies to “How did you know that???

  1. Dear Kimberly,

    Thanks for sharing. I value the TCM perspective together with the graphing.

    Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!


  2. Saludos, seria muy interesante si enviaran la informacion en español, eso ayudaria mucho a tener la informacion correcta, aqui hay muchos colegas que nos faciliaria con aquello. Gracias Juan Carlos Sevilla

    1. Hemos tratado de tener este blog y la mayoría de nuestros correos electrónicos que salen fácil a cualquier idioma que hables. Si hace clic en la bandera bajo el título “Translator” en la parte superior derecha de esta página, debería ver la página traducida a su idioma. Puedes buscar esta opción traductor en la parte superior de su correo electrónico también. Saludos.

  3. Me pueden hacer el favor y me envian precios y catalogos de utilidad a mi correo. Disculpen en Español

    Gracias por su respuesta

  4. Very clear explanation. This is the way we can design the clinical protocols for every disease(s) according to graph results and clinical symptoms.
    If you design to other disease or disorder, we get more benefited.
    Kindly let me know any book is there? to know more with respect of graph?

  5. Hi Kimberly,
    That was good information on the Acugraph how to explain the splits and how to use the herbs.
    Do you have any suggestions how a beginner in Acugraph can learn to analyze like you? Would you suggest CD training? Many Thanks.

    1. We do have an Advanced training CD for AcuGraph. My experience has come only in the last year. I came to Miridia Technology with a background in TCM. I always make a TCM diagnosis when I treat a patient and make comparisons on the graph. Just keep on treating. Eventually you will see commonalities.

  6. Thank you Dr. Thompson. I appreciate the insight you have from your past experiences. It helps a practitioner like me, a chiropractor, look at things in a different light.

  7. how can the acugraph be use in Africa with its medication . because country like Ghana , has traditional herbal council if they don’t know your product well you can’t use it .so how can you prove it

    1. The AcuHerb formulas are all Chinese formulas that have been in use for hundreds, even thousands of years. These formulas are commonly accepted in all Chinese texts. Perhaps this will help get approval through your herbal council?

  8. Thanks for your acugraph interpretation for cold. Is it also true for an autistic child who is suffering from constant cold and cough? Any comments.

    I find lot of similrities in graphs of autistic children.

    Dr. Sadashiv Datar

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