Graph Analysis Tutoring Session Part 1 4.9/5 (41)

Once you have used AcuGraph for a while, your graph analyzing skills become quite refined. Graphs begin to come alive and tell you a story of what is happening within your patient. Often, you begin to form a hypothesis before the patient even reveals their chief complaint.

Who wants to practice graph analysis?

I have two graph reports to share with you–from two different patients.

Patient #1:

Patient #2:

Tell me what you see when you analyze these two graphs.

  • Are there similarities between the two graphs?
  • Are there differences between them?
  • What types of questions would you ask your patient if they presented with either of these graphs?
  • What working diagnosis are you forming in your mind when you see these graphs?
  • What common points would you use to treat both of these patients?
  • What different points might you consider adding for Graph #1 or Graph #2 based on the differences between the graphs?
  • Are there any emotional components you would want to ask your patient about?
  • Are there any dietary factors you would want to ask your patient about?
  • If you have a TCM background, what TCM diagnosis might you begin to hypothesize?

I was a tutor in college and found it very rewarding. One of the reasons I love to blog is because when I teach, we both learn. I’m looking forward to hearing YOUR answers. I’ll conclude with my own graph interpretation next week, so stay tuned!

Have a great day!

Read ‘Graph Analysis Tutoring Session Part 2’ here.

Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Research Analyst

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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.

12 Replies to “Graph Analysis Tutoring Session Part 1

  1. not that familiar with theorists used on graph, just that #2 graph looks total stressed in liver, gall bladder stomach area. where heart pericardium low. excess pattern in liver gallbladder and stomach?
    interested in hearing the results.

  2. Graph 2 reminds me of a belt block. Graph 1 is kind of similar maybe just shown without normalization? But the meridians that are high all have to deal with digestion, respiration, and cardiovascular. Hope my 2 cents helps

  3. Both are Belt block syndrome, but upper graph shows high in upper extremity part, lower graph shows in lower in lower extremity, even though both graph spleen deficiency exist, neck and back pain and general fatique and mental stress is obvious in both graph. The point we select both the graph is G.B41, T.E 5, and spleen deficiency point, take care of the yin in both graph according to deficiency and excess.

  4. we have here Lu and SP in 2 grapg same,
    we have a problem in the middle (maybe belt block),
    i will ask for emotion and trayma in the middle on the body and maybe in spain, yes i will ask for if have digestion problems and for what food is eat the last months, in the first i will start with GB 41 , SP 21 , TE 5 and i will see soon,
    in second i will start with GB 41 , TE 5 and i wiil see after (st 26 ….)

  5. these graphs do not similar because in Patient #1 hand has many high and foot do not have high and also patient #2 hand do not have any high and foot have high.
    so there are lot of different in these two.that’s all.

  6. It looks like there is a belt block in both graphs….one is blocked above, second blocked below., I would ask patient one if they had trouble sleeping, any trouble with their shoulders, constipation. Patien 2 I would ask if they have been angry/irritable, low energy, headaches

  7. I would ask both of them about pain. The first one upper body, shoulder, neck and headaches. Want to know about their sleep and if the person has anxiety & stress. 2nd chart, pain in the lower body: low back, sciatic. Would ask about energy level and sleep. Very deficient and may have depression. Wondering about genitourinary lot of excess so could have menstrual problems if female, frequently urination maybe with heat, possible constipation or diarrhea. Like the belt block idea as both have excess energy in either the upper or lower part of body.

So, what do you think about it?