AcuGraph is filled with some really great little jewels that make my job easier as an acupuncturist. I thought that today I would share a few of my favorites.
#1: Click the split.
Did you realize that if you click on a channel in the graph, a picture comes up showing the distribution of the channel? I love this, and so do my patients. Whenever I see multiple splits with excess on one particular side of the body, I like to click on the graph and ask the patient if they are having pain along that channel. This is especially seen in the Small Intestine, Large Intestine and Triple Energizer for shoulder pain. The same is true for the Gallbladder channel when the patient has low back pain that is worse on one side than the other.
Here is a patient who came in for “stress.” As soon as I saw the graph, I immediately asked her if she had left shoulder pain and right hip pain. Her answer was an astounding YES! Then, of course, she asked how I could possibly know that without her telling me.
Here is her graph:
I then clicked on the Gallbladder and Small Intestine pathways to show her how the energy moved along those particular channels.
Small Intestine Channel Pathway:
Gallbladder Channel Pathway:
I love this feature in AcuGraph! Patients are amazed to see how the energy moves through the body. They love it, even more, when the graph shows them a picture of where their pain is located.
#2: You have night sweats?
I’m sure you have had this happen. You get needles in your patient and they say: “By the way, I am having ____________.” It could be insomnia, night sweats, a sore throat, etc. There are great point combinations you can add to your graphing treatment. If you’re like me, you had most of those point combinations memorized at some point along the way, but you tend to forget a lot of them over time.
Along the top of the program, under the reference section, there is an icon titled “Treatments.” The other day I needed to be reminded what the classic point combination is for night sweats. I clicked under references and was quickly reminded about Small Intestine 3 and Heart 6. With a quick click of the mouse, you have many point combinations available to you.
#3: What is my PIE score?
My patients love knowing their PIE score. You can always do a comparison of several graphs, click on PIE and then scroll through the graphs to show them the differences. But, did you know that if you click on the HISTORY icon at the bottom of each graph you can see the last twelve PIE scores all in one place?
This patient was seen over a 12 week period for extreme hot flashes (about 15 per day). Her doctor ran tests and told her that nothing was wrong. After 12 treatments she reported only having 1-2 hot flashes every other day. The graph history was consistent with her results.
What are your favorite components of AcuGraph? We want to know!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.