I originally posted this in August, 2009. Four years later, it’s still as applicable as ever. Enjoy!
One of my college memories from the late 1980’s was a movie called The Princess Bride. This swashbuckling tale of true love and high adventure features a hilarious villian by the name of Vizzini, who, when confronted with the continual failure of his evil plans, always responds with utter disbelief. Despite the absolute evidence of his failure, his response never varies:
He simply can’t cope with the cognitive dissonance encountered when his deeply held beliefs about his own superiority utterly fail to correspond with the reality before his eyes. At one point, when the hero is chasing this villain, and gaining on him, Vizzini explains to one of his co-conspirators that nobody could possibly be chasing them because it would be, “…absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable!”
And yet it was true.
Vizzini went right on denying the reality of the situation until it cost him his life.
So what does that have to do with AcuGraph? Take a look at this graph:
See anything unusual? Anything wrong? Anything inconceivable? How about that Kidney meridian?
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that the Kidney meridian can never be in excess. Or almost never–there are a few obscure references to Kidney excess, but the generally accepted wisdom is that an excess kidney is, well, inconceivable.
And yet, there it is. Right before our eyes.
Now, before we jump to the conclusion that it must be an error with the AcuGraph equipment, please keep in mind that the AcuGraph hardware is really just a glorified ohmmeter. It simply measures resistance and reports it to the computer. It can’t be wrong about Kidney and right about all the other meridians.
Hmmm. So what could it be?
While you ponder that, I’ll toss out a few statistics I’ve discovered as I’ve researched this Kidney issue further. Based on a study of 93,000 graphs, the kidney meridian results are shown on the pie chart shown below:
So the point is that Kidney excess shows up on the graph more often than we might expect. In fact, it shows up more often than Kidney deficiency! And whether it fits with our pre-conceived notions or not, it’s right there in front of us. So what can it be?
I have three thoughts, then I’d like your input.
1. Perhaps more than any other organ, the Kidney has very important yin and yang functions. If Kidney yin is deficient, it causes the Kidney yang to look relatively excessive–and show up as excess on the graph, when the real root may be the yin deficiency.
2. A water or dampness issue can cause the Kidney to look excessive. This is often the case with an excessive spleen; it’s really a damp spleen.
3. The sedation point for Kidney is KI 1, which is also the lowest acupuncture point on the body. It is a point that grounds qi to the earth and subdues excess. According to Deadman, “When kidneys are deficient below, pathologically ascending qi, yang, deficiency, heat or wind may rush upwards to harass the head. [There is a] powerful effect of KI-1 on descending and clearing such excess…” In other words, a poorly grounded patient may manifest Kidney excess on the graph, and treating KI-1 corrects this problem.
What about you? Have you encountered this issue before? What do you think when you see an excessive Kidney meridian?
Leave a comment below and let’s educate each other.
And if you want a fun trip down memory lane, you can see the “inconceivable” Vizzini video here.