AcuGraph 101 5/5 (37)

Kids on grassWe’ve had quite an influx of new AcuGraph users lately. I just wanted to say welcome to the AcuGraph family!

Whether you are an OLD or NEW AcuGraph user, we’ve got your back! Do you need help with treatment strategies and options? Technical support? Practice building? No problem. We can help!

There are a lot of resources available to you–and the majority of them are FREE. Here are a few that you may not be aware of.

The User Resource section of our website is filled with really great information. Go there now and check them out–AcuGraph Basics, AcuGraph Answers, AcuGraph 4 E-course, Video Tutorials, AcuGraph Forum, Continuing Education, the AcuGraph User Manual, and the AcuGraph store.

When AcuGraph owners have questions about graphing and treatment strategies, I’m often their “go to” person. Do I always have the answers? So far so good. I dare you to stump me though – ask your question in the comments section at the bottom of this blog and see how I do!

Sometimes practitioners don’t realize the host of resources available to them on our website. Our team has worked really hard to make sure you have everything you need!



Let’s play a little GAME with questions I’ve had recently from new practitioners. Let’s see if you know the answers:


Question #1: I just graphed a patient and then re-measured the graph right away. The readings are not the same. Is my AcuGraph broken?

Answer: Video Tutorial #3


Question #2: I’ve read the user manual. How can I get more FREE AcuGraph training that will make my life easier and give me tons of helpful tips?

Answer: AcuGraph Ecourse


Question #3: I have a few questions. I’ll bet others have had them too. Where can I go to learn from my colleagues?

Answers to OLD archived questions: AcuGraph Forum
Answers to NEW discussions: Acupuncture Technology LinkedIn Group


Question #4: After I balance the graph, and I want to add in points for a branch treatment, where can I find resources? For instance, if my patient has Bell’s Palsy and I want to find extra points FAST.

Answer: Video Tutorial #7


Question #5: I want to get better at understanding the graph so I can explain it more effectively to my patients. Who can help me with that?

Answer: Blog

  • Look to the right, scroll down until you see “Categories”
  • Click on Case Studies


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Well, it’s no secret that we ALL love our jobs. We recognize that our customers are the only reason any of us has a job, so we continue to thank you for your patronage and support. We work hard to serve you the best that we can. You are our highest priority!

If there is ever anything we can do to help, please ask. It REALLY is our goal to serve your needs and make you as happy as can be!

Thanks for playing and have a great week.


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.

2 Replies to “AcuGraph 101

  1. Hi Kimberly,
    I have 2 questions.
    Could you tell me how much higher than the mean an element graph is to be considered an outlier?

    My 25 year old daughter consistently graphs high across the board. I haven’t graphed anyone but her and myself, and my results are high, also. The readings don’t change when I try the normalize function. This in both Yuan and Jing Well graphs. Could it be technique related? If so, how might I correct this?


  2. Hello Sarah,

    The quick simple answer is this:

    Outliers are based on a 15 point spread either direction.
    Splits are based on a 25 point difference.

    That being said, here is a more detailed answer…

    You can easily see what your settings are set to in the AcuGraph preference section. Default settings are set for the normal range to be within 15 points of the mean, and the split value to be at 25. This is set to proportional, which means AcuGraph automatically changes these numbers if there isn’t enough differentiation between the mean and all of your numbers when the mean is is extremely high or extremely low.

    Example: If your mean were 25, AcuGraph wouldn’t be able to tell you what was excess or what was deficient without adjusting the numbers because the qi levels were so low. AcuGraph accounts for this and adjusts.

    The same goes with extreme numbers. If the mean is really high, let’s say 180, there wouldn’t be enough number space to differentiate between high and low or splits because the qi level is so high.

    AcuGraph has been programmed to adjust when the mean score is extremely high or extremely low.

    If you have Intelligraph on, it also adjusts for male and female differences Here is a video that explains that a little more.

    As far as your daughter running consistently high across the board, I’ve found that patients who are younger and have a LOT of yang energy tend to have higher averages. Whereas, patients who are older and/or more weak tend toward lower averages.

    Did that answer your question?


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