I hope that you are enjoying our new series on Graph Analysis. These posts are designed to be an interactive, learning opportunity. I have developed my own style for interpreting the graphs based on the 12 seminar DVD series, Dr. Fratkin’s Seminar and my own clinical experience.
I’m counting on input from YOU! We have all developed our own little bit of insight through experience in our own clinics. By sharing graph-analysis and treatment strategies, we will be benefiting the entire AcuGraph community.
There are four graphs that I like to review when analyzing treatment for my patient: Baseline, Yin/Yang, By Element, and Energy Cycle. In my last blog, Graph Analysis Series #1, I shared my thought process for each graph. Today, I won’t get into details explaining why I like each graph. I’ll just jump in and start analyzing.
Usually, I look for a Dai Mai problem on the baseline graph, but I didn’t necessarily see one this time. But, I am questioning whether or not this patient has some issues going on in the lower body.
Reality: She is female and she is menstruating.
What the yin side tells me…
First I look at the yin side. The most important channels for treatment are the yin channels. I learned from Dr. Fratkin that if you treat the yin channels then the yang will follow. But–he also taught me to treat the yin deficincies first and then the yin excesses. On this graph, I am going to take some creative liberties to analyze beyond what the AcuGraph is telling me.
You will notice, according to the AcuGraph, that there are not any low channels on the yin side. We see a lot of red and green, but not any blues. I’d like to argue that the LU and the LR are both low. AcuGraph has a certain ratio in which an excess and a deficiency is calculated. Obviously, on this graph, the LU and the LR didn’t make the cut. But that’s okay. I’m going to treat both of those channels as deficient anyway. I write down the points that I’m considering treating.
- LU tonification point: LU 9
- LR tonificaton point: LR 8
- SP sedation point: SP 5 is what the AcuGraph suggests. I like to use the xi cleft point when sedating the SP channel so I write down SP 8.
- KI sedation point: KI 1 is what the AcuGraph suggests. My favorite point to sedate the kidney channel is KI 3. Source points can be used for tonification or sedation.
*Note: To learn how to analyze different points for tonification and sedation, I highly recommend the Dr. Jake Fratkin Seminar Series.
What the yang side tells me:
The BL is deficient and so is the LI. I ask my patient about bloating, and constipation.
The ST channel is excess. I ask my patient about acne, ravenous hunger, acid reflux and digestive upset.
Reality: She had just had a big weekend of eating a lot of extra food. She is constipated and has acid reflux.
Notice on this chart the Kidney is excess and the bladder is deficient. I can take care of both of those problems by simply treating Luo of the bladder–BL 58. That also takes care of my earlier concern regarding treating the sedation point of the kidney. I love treating BL 58 because it also relaxes all of the muscles in the back.
Notice also that the SP and ST are both excess. Once I treat the sedation points for the SP/ST, I think that I’ll add in some TCM points to regulate the SP/ST function. My favorites are SP 6, ST 36 and CV 12. I’ll probably also add in a ST 44 to clear excess heat out of the ST channel.
I really love looking at this chart, because it shows how the energy is supposed to be flowing. Notice in this graph how the deficiency in the LI channel is stopping the flow of movement into the ST and SP channels. The best point for tonifying the LI channel is LI 11. In TCM, I was taught that LI 11 is used for clearing heat. It has been my experience that deficiency in the LI channel leads to excess in the LI channel later. Luckily, we are getting things moving by adding extra focus on the SP/ST channels, but it won’t hurt to add in LI 11 to expedite the process.
I didn’t want to tell you her chief complaint earlier, because I want to emphasize how important it is to analyze where the imbalances are in the body first and then treat the chief complaints after the fact. Most of the time, balancing the graph takes care of 80% of the patient’s problem.
She came in complaining of emotional turmoil, acid reflux, and hives. She has chronic hives which manifest all over her body at times, but on this day they were mostly on her legs.
Here is how I treated.
Yin channel problems: LU 9, LR 8, SP 8. *I took care of the Kidney excess below.
Yang channel problems: ST 44
Element treatment: BL 58 (*This took care of the KI and BL), and SP 6, ST 36, CV 12.
Energy cycle additions: LI 11
**I would like to emphasize that you can simply treat the tonification and sedation points suggested by the AcuGraph and get very good results. This analysis is meant for those who want to dig a little deeper and analyze the graph with a more advanced mindset.
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Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.