Today we are going to be pleased to hear from
Kimberly Thompson, licensed acupuncturist, PCOM graduate, and all-around really smart
girl. You’ve probably seen her columns in Acupuncture
Today, where she discusses acupuncture technology. And of course, if you’ve been around in AcuGraph
at all, you’ve seen her around here with us and in other webinars. So, Kimberly I’m gonna turn it over to you —
you get us started. –Okay. Welcome everyone I am really excited to be
here. This is a webinar that I am very excited to
present. These are questions when I’m at booths, when
I’m at trade shows, when we have new AcuGraph owners, and people call and ask questions,
I try to focus on the information that you have been looking for over the years, and
this one is really, really a big question. And so, I’m gonna pop over here to my screen. We’re gonna talk about this woman – Is the
graph lying? How many times have you looked at your graph
and wondered, ‘is it telling the truth?’ I get lots of questions of people who will
call me and say, “Well, does the graph really show what’s going on in the body?” And, “how do I explain the graph to my patients?” So we are gonna talk about a bunch
of things today. Or, I’ve got two key things I’m going to talk
about. And then we are gonna talk about some other
things that you may not realize that the graph… that you should recognize from the graph. And, because I work with Dr. Larsen, who is filled with amazing
knowledge, he’s going to share some graph trivia with
you today, and let’s see. Let me introduce Adrian. Do you like that picture? I had to pull up this picture because it is
the coolest, nerdiest picture that I could find of Dr. Larsen, and I say that in the
most respectful way. I work with a bunch of amazing people here
at Miridia Technology. I call them all my computer nerds. If I have questions, they have answers. And… you talk to me often about graph
analysis, and treatment room strategies and mixing and mingling with your patients. But Dr. Larsen is the brains behind AcuGraph. He is the one who came up with the idea to
create it. He knows all of the nerdy idiosyncrasies,
there you go, the idiosyncrasies that make AcuGraph work. So he’s got some really cool information to
share today, little questions we get all the time, and he’s going to take you through some
trivia questions. I call it ‘trivia’ he’s going to call
it ‘facts’, and ‘figures’, and ‘logistics’ but I’m gonna pass it over to
Adrian at this point and, enjoy! He is my favorite computer
all-the-way-around-smart-guy-nerd. –I think you’re seeing me now. Hey, thanks for that great introduction Kimberly
and I’m not certain but did you call me an “idiot-synchrosy.” –No! –That’s what I heard. –Idiosyncrasies. –Idiosyncrasies, okay. All right, well I’ve got a little presentation
I’m gonna pop up here folks, and let’s talk about this. The first thing–and you should all be seeing
my slide now if not, say, “hey I don’t see any slide.” But if you’re seeing my slide, you’re seeing
a picture of an AcuGraph and it says, “what the heck is this thing?” Now, I’m asking that question kind of rhetorically,
but kind of seriously, because I get so many questions, and sometimes frankly, misunderstandings
about what AcuGraph is and what it does. All right, well how would I answer the first
question? What is this thing? In the end, in its most basic function, AcuGraph
is an ohmmeter. That thing you’re looking at there is a piece
of specialized computer hardware that measures resistance,
and reports it to the computer, okay? Hopefully, that makes sense to everybody. It measures resistance, gives a number, sends that number
to the computer, and that’s what the hardware does. Sounds pretty simple, but it’s actually kind of complicated
to get that done, and do it right. Luckily, we’ve got good hardware that works
out great. But, the reason I bring this up is because
I get so many people who ask questions. They’ll call and say, “hey you know, I think my probe’s
probably malfunctioning because I was reading somebody and my last two graphs,
both were really low. So I think my probe’s broken.” And what I try to explain is, if it’s reading,
it’s not broken. If it’s giving you actual measurements, it’s
not broken because it’s designed to measure. It’s kind of like getting on the scale and
it’s five pounds heavier than it was last week and saying, “well, obviously,
the scale’s broken.” No, unfortunately the scale is not broken. So, once you understand that, that AcuGraph, it reads the number,
it reports the number, it calls it as it sees it, period. It doesn’t get ‘off’ in its measurements. It’s not like it’s out of calibration. If it’s reporting something that you find
odd, you ought to ask, “okay, what’s going on? Why do I find it odd?” Okay, now with that, I have ten pieces of
AcuGraph trivia for you. I got to move along through these ten but
these are kind of ten things that you should know, and Kimberly was gracious enough to
give me a couple of minutes to know this stuff. (Oh sorry) I should have hit this slide, AcuGraph
measures resistance. If it measures, it works. You don’t have to calibrate it, it recalibrates
itself about ten times per second therefore, any variability in your measurements comes
from the human element that means your technique with the probe or the patient that you’re
measuring. Hey, if the last two patients have measured
kind of low, it’s not that your probe is broken. It’s just that the last two patients were
low, so look into that. And here we go with the top ten things. Number one: The graph may get worse before
it gets better. Kimberly is going to talk a little more about
this but I’m just gonna put up a poll right now because I’m curious how many of you have
seen this? There should be a poll showing up on your
screen, and I’d like to hear from you, does the graph tend to get worse after the first
visit if you graph them again the second visit? Or does it tend to get better right away? I’d like to see what your percents are. But don’t be surprised if you graph and the
graph gets worse before it gets better, want to keep that in mind so that you’re not confused,
and so that your patient isn’t confused. And Kimberly will tell us more. Number two, graph averages range from about
70 to about a 110. But keep in mind, that number is an average. You’re going to have people who will come
out with a graph that has a mean or has an average of 20, and you’ll have people with 180. But taken on an average, 70 to 110 is where
most people fall. Now, there’s a difference between
men and women. There’s a difference between elderly versus
pediatric. There’s a difference obviously with the state
and condition of someone’s health. Women measure lower than men. Older people measure lower than younger people. We published a bunch of really cool research
on this a few years ago, and someday we’ll do another presentation and teach about that. But you don’t have to be too concerned if everything’s not 100,
or you don’t have to look for some magic number that you think
everyone should be. Item number three: As you age, energy levels go down. This is normal. If you’re measuring a 93-year-old woman, you’re
going to expect low readings. It’s okay. And if you’re measuring a 4-year-old child,
you’re probably gonna expect higher readings, again, on average. All right, number four, people with a lot
of what we would call TCM, from TCM perspective, Yang energy, they tend to have higher averages. Children, men, athletic people (by the way,
the highest graphs I’ve ever seen are Qi Gong practitioners). When I measure someone who does Qi Gong, and
who does it actually religiously, or who’s really
committed to it, I find that they’re measurements
tend to always be very high, 180 across the board, everything maxed out
across the board. But these are people that are doing Qi Gong
for an hour a day, not someone who, you know, does it for 20 minutes a week. So, Qi Gong actually does do something. It does work! But you knew that. Okay, number five. –Adrian. –Yeah. –Back to number four for just a moment. –Uh-huh. –When you’re talking about with a lot of
TCM Yang energy, sometimes people get confused and think that it means that we’re comparing
it to how much the numbers of Yang on the graph, and that’s not what we’re comparing
it to. This is more of a TCM perspective, just very
‘Yang’ in nature. If those people are Yang in nature, they tend
to have higher numbers. –Excellent, thanks for bringing up that distinction,
Kimberly, I appreciate that. Yes indeed, we’re talking about TCM Yang energy,
not yin-yang on the graph. All right, let’s see where do we go here– Number five: (Okay), if there’s a scratch on
the skin or a break in the skin, the number is gonna skyrocket. A hangnail, if you’re doing a Jing-well graph,
it’s famous for this where it’ll just go straight to 200. And that’s because if you break the outer
layer of the skin, the epidermis, particularly the stratum corneum, which is the most outer
layer of the skin where the dead cells are, that stuff doesn’t conduct. But once you get past that layer down into
the wet stuff, the living part of the skin, it’s very electrically conductive, and so
you’re going to end up with a skyrocketing reading. Therefore, if you’re reading along and stuff’s
going 100, 100, 100, and all of a sudden you hit one that goes to 200, first thing you
look at is the skin. Is there a rash? Is there a sore? Is there a scratch? If so, move a little further up the meridian, get off that point, and measure again. So hopefully, that doesn’t throw anybody for
a loop. Number six: Treatments that are closer together,
you get better graph progression. This should be obvious but I wanted to bring
it up. If you’re only seeing somebody once a month,
the graphs are gonna kind of be snapshots. It’s kind of like taking a picture of someone
once a year. Yeah, you’ll see some resemblance, but
they’ve made a lot of changes in a year. If you’re graphing and waiting a week, or
two weeks, or two months before you graph again, then you’re not going to get a distinct
progression. If you’re graphing a couple of times a week,
especially at first, you’ll have a distinct progression
as they improve under your care. Trivia point number seven: Patients who come
in for monthly tune ups will always have a mess of a graph. That’s why they need a tune-up. When you think about this over the course
of a month, what happens to you in your life? Do you have job stress? Do you have an injury? Have you eaten bad food? Have you been staying up too late and not
getting enough rest? Life happens, the meridians adapt, damage accumulates, and if
they haven’t been in for a whole month, you can expect to see that,
yeah, there’s some accumulated stuff there. So, it’s okay if somebody walks in and their
graph’s a mess, that’s why they walked in. And so, you treat it, you take care of them,
they get better. Number eight, the graph is a snapshot of a
dynamic system, constantly changing. Its job is to change and adapt therefore, you should expect change. You should expect that today’s snapshot and
tomorrow’s snapshot, although similar, will certainly have differences, and that’s okay. Once patients understand that, then it’s okay that it changed,
especially if there’s something that changed and you picked it up, and you
fixed it before it became a problem. Then, you can say, “isn’t it a great thing
that we caught that? Isn’t it a good thing that we’re graphing
you?” And patients agree. Number nine: Meridians adapt to the environment,
diet, emotion, health, etc. This is their job. Never be worried when you see big changes in a graph instead,
start asking, “okay, what’s changed in my patient? I see what the meridians are doing their job
and adapting. I’m here to help them adapt.” And last but not least, the average energy level is the least
likely parameter to change. Now, on AcuGraph we have a lot of different
measurements. We have Yin versus Yang, and upper versus
lower, and left versus right, and we have energy stability, we have a PIE score, and
all of those are great. But the one measurement that people seem to
get the most hung up on is that overall average. “Hey, I’ve been treating this patient, they’ve
been in for eight visits and their average is still only 55.” Well, you know what? That may be their average. I say, are they well-balanced? “Oh, yeah. You know they’re
pretty well-balanced. They had a bunch of splits and the splits
are gone, and you know that excess and the liver, that’s really come down. Everything’s looking a lot better, more greens,
but their average is still low.” And the answer is that may have
more to do with their skin than with their meridians. And so, don’t worry about it if their average
is low. Instead, focus on balance. As I mentioned, older people tend to have
lower averages. People who have more pigment in their skin,
darker skin tones will have a lower average. Don’t worry so much about what the average
is, worry about getting that balance right. And so, with that Kimberly, I hit my
ten trivia points, and we will turn it back over to you. Let’s just see if any questions have come
in. –So I wanted to chime in about averages. I have a gentleman that I treat. I live in–we live in the Boise,
Idaho area, and there’s not a lot of different ethnicity around here. I mean, it’s pretty average around here. But I have one gentleman who you would think that his average
numbers would be really, really high, but he is — and I was trying to figure that out why I
could never get his averages up and it used to really bother me. And you just mentioned this skin tone pigment,
and he is a very tall, slender, African-American man, and it just dawned on me that it is the
pigment of his skin. And I was trying to think, “is it because
he is so tall?” Because he’s really tall. I mean, he’s almost 7-foot tall, and I was
thinking, “does that just like stretch your energy out way farther?” And I was trying to figure that out, and so
it kind of made me giggle because I just treated him last night, and now it makes a little
more sense based on what you’re saying. –The other thing is… –They’re too long Kimberly. The meridians are too long, and therefore… –Yeah. Anyway, the other thing I wanted to mention
about really deficient meridians. You can have very deficient meridians when
you have someone who has been extremely ill. So right after childbirth, or when someone’s
going through chemotherapy, and–or if they’ve just been extremely sick. Those averages, if they tend to not always
be low like that, and they just show up low all of a sudden, it’s usually because their
energy levels are really zapped. And I’ll ask the patient questions like, “okay,
so tell me, what’s been going on? Have you been really sick? Have you been burning the candle at both ends?” And usually, they’ll spill all kinds of stories
to me at that point in time, and it will make sense. And as they spill their stories, then I can
guide them of what type of homecare that they need. I mean, if I know it’s because they’ve been
really sick, of course, I’m going to treat them with acupuncture. But then, I’m going to add dietary and herbal
recommendations, and those types of homecare things seem to be the thing that helps the
graph rise when it’s because of illness that the graph numbers–the averages went low. –Great! Oh by the way Kimberly, before you take it
away, I was gonna mention on the poll here because we have this poll up. So it says here, usually better on the next
visit about 39% said that, about the same on the next visit was 17%, worse on the next
visit was 28%, and then 17% said, I don’t normally regraph on the next visit. So, very interesting. A significant number of people noticed that
the graph gets worse before it gets better. I thought that was worth noting. I’m gonna end that poll and take it down. I see a couple more votes have come in. So, better on the next visit seems to be winning
by a little bit of a margin but there’s a significant number that say worse. So, back to you Kimberly. –And we’re going to talk about that in the
next part of the presentation. So, let’s see. I am gonna bring you over to my screen. Did we have any questions that we needed to
deal with? –None, so far. Go ahead. Oh, here’s somebody just asked one, Kimberly,
and let’s deal with it really quick before you get jump in. I’ll just—Ling says, “why when test one person a few times in
one hour but the graph is totally different?” I think that means graph one
person a few times in one hour. –Oh, I’m glad they asked that. –Yeah, that’s a good question. The answer is this, let me grab my probe here. So when you’re using this probe, and you’re
touching on the points whether you’re you know, doing points on the wrist or the fingers,
you’re putting electricity into that meridian. You’re actually introducing a charge into
the skin, and that builds up what we call an ionic gradient because of the electrical
charge in the skin. Therefore, when you measure somebody, you have
changed the meridian, you have charged it up. The first measurement is the accurate one. If you come back five minutes later and measure
them again, what you’ll find is that everything’s different because you’ve charged up the skin,
you changed them by measuring them, that’s why we don’t ever recommend doing repeated
measurements like that, particularly, if you’re gonna you know, measure and then treat, and
then remeasure. The second measurement is not going to be
valid under normal conditions, and humans change and adapt. I will tell you, by the way, that brings up confusion because
people will call and say, “I think my probe is broken because I measure
and remeasure and it’s not accurate.” ‘It’s not accurate’, that comes from not understanding
what accurate means. It is absolutely accurately measuring the
resistance but your patient has changed. If we take something that doesn’t change, it’s not a dynamic system like
a human or a cucumber, but is nonliving, say, just a resistor,
you know, an electronic resistor, it’s a component. And we measure that with a probe, we can measure,
and measure, and measure all day long, it will never change because
it’s a fixed resistance. Measure a human and it changes. It’s because the human changed. So…
–What about the cucumber? –A cucumber actually changes too. And yes, we have measured cucumbers
both peeled and unpeeled. Thanks for asking. –Oh okay, are we ready to move on? –Go right ahead. All right. So, this is a really big question, people
get very excited to get their AcuGraph and they’re trying to learn the language of how
to talk to their patients, and they’ve taught their patients that they can, you know, when
we graph you we can see which imbalances are in the body, and we click on the graph, and
we show them. We show them the channel imbalances
and they make sense with what is going on with the
patient’s symptoms, and then, there’s that time when you
graph a patient and they have a perfectly green graph, and –but they still have symptoms.
And this really bothers people because they’re
like, “okay, the graph says that everything is going perfect in the body, but the patient
still has symptoms.” And I just want–I am here to tell you that –oh well, we’re back to the question. So, then you’re asking, “what do I do? I’ve got this graph, how do I explain this
to my patient? And how do I treat?” Because obviously, if you have a perfectly
green graph, there are no recommended treatment points but your patient is still sitting there
with symptoms, and so that can be frustrating. And so, I’ve got several helpful tidbits within
this presentation. And the first one, the first tip is to recognize
that a green graph does not mean zero symptoms. And I found this… this was hard for me to relate to when
I first started graphing because it was my understanding that if the body was in perfect balance,
then it takes care of all the symptoms. And I’m just gonna share
with you what I learned, if you go to AcuGoogle,
and you look for the definition of green graph, this is what you’re
going to find. Green graph defined: “it means that the patient’s body
did a good job of holding the original treatment of balancing the graph. If you have a green graph that means that there aren’t extreme meridian imbalances and at this point in time, the patient’s body
is ready to accept the chief complaint treatment.” So I’m sure by now you know that AcuGoogle is not real. I made this up. This is what I do. –That’s a good disclaimer Kimberly. –Yeah, that’s a good disclaimer. So AcuGoogle is not real because obviously,
Google doesn’t know about AcuGraph. But I know about AcuGraph and I’ve been treating
AcuGraph for a very long time. And so, what I want you to recognize when
you are graphing the patient is your first goal during your treatment was to… Your first goal was to figure out where the imbalances were,
and if you have treated the patient, and you have dealt with the
imbalances in the meridians, the imbalances of the meridians simply means that energy needs to flow from
meridian to meridian, (and I feel like you need to like see my face when I am talking
to you because I feel like I’m talking to my patients and doing education here). When… When you see imbalances in the graph, it means
that energy isn’t flowing from meridian to meridian to meridian the way it needs to,
and your first goal is to put in acupuncture points in order to get energy flowing from channel to channel so that the whole process
is doing what it needs to do. When that whole process is working, then your
body works at its best capacity, then you are in a position to get rid of the symptoms
that are happening. It doesn’t mean the symptoms are gone, it
means your body’s working at full capacity to get rid of the symptoms, and it means that
now you can work on the chief complaint in the goal that you’re ready to work in. So, you’ve maybe heard me talk before about
organizing the flow of energy in the channels. AcuGraph tells you where energy is disorganized,
and there’s too much energy in one channel, too little energy in another channel, and
so when you put needles in, that’s your first goal is to organize the energy so everything
is flowing from channel to channel. You still have chief complaints. Your patient still has whatever TCM pattern
they came in with. They still have shoulder pain. They might still have a headache, or a sore
throat, or whatever is going on but after you have put needles in to make the graph
green, now as you go in and you focus on the chief complaint, let’s say I’m going and focusing
on shoulder pain, and I’m gonna go in and break up all the stagnation that’s happening
in the shoulder, now energy can flow from the shoulder down the arm through the abdomen,
down to the leg and up the body, all over where it needs to go. And it’s not going to find blockages and problems
in the pathways along the way. So when we go back to this
green graph defined –what a green graph means is that energy is moving the way it needs to and you are
perfectly clear to go in and work on the chief complaint, and that is a good thing. I am going to… let’s see… –So to summarize Kimberly, the point about a green graph
isn’t that everything’s fixed. It’s that it’s ready to get fixed, is that
fair summary? –Exactly, and we’ll talk about that and how
I talk to the patient’s about that as I go further. So I have two approaches when there’s a green
graph. In the first approach, the first thing is
to remember your original goal. We talked about this in our last webinar,
‘Top 5 Tips For Amazing Acupuncture Results’. So if this is your first webinar, make sure
you go back and watch that last one because that would be a helpful one. Your first goal is to balance the graph, and
your second goal is to focus on the chief complaint. So if you have a graph in front of you, and
the graph looks green, it looks great. And this is a part where you don’t need to
stumble when you’re talking to your patient, you… your goal at that point, you don’t have to
focus on balancing the graph, now you get to focus on the chief complaint. And there are some dialogues that you can
have with your patient at this time. You know what? Especially, if you’re in the flow of you treated
the patient the last you know, you just treated the patient a few days ago, and now you’re
treating them again and obviously, their chief complaint isn’t
gone, they still have some. But you can say, “look, your body likes
acupuncture. Your body did a great job of accepting this
treatment.” And then I always tell my patient, “this
is above and beyond normal because it’s very rare that you see an all-green graph but because
you saw it just now, we’ll take it and we will move on.” And I let them know that energy is working
in their favor, everything’s flowing freely and now we can focus even more
on your chief complaint. And I let my patient know that when the body
is in this position, this is when the best results can happen because I don’t have to
focus on balancing the graph, I get to just focus on your chief complaint. So this is helpful dialogue. And I’ve had lots of people over the years
ask me if I could come up with dialogue that would help them in their graphing. I do want you to know at this point in time
that I have created a handout. There’s a PDF that will be attached to the website when you go
back and watch the webinar. And I think Cameron’s going
to put that up for you but in the PDF… –Do you want
me to put that up Kimberly? –Sure. In the PDF, it gives this verbiage, so don’t
worry that you’re gonna have to keep notes, and write all these things down that
I’m talking about. I’ve given it to you. So to recap, you’ve got a green graph, it
looks great, you tell your patient, “perfect, this is a good thing! Let’s move on and let’s focus
on your chief complaint. You don’t have to stumble or scramble
because the graph isn’t a mess. This is a good thing.” –There should be a button over on the side
of your screen, everybody, where you can download the handout that Kimberly is referring to,
so go ahead and get it. I’ll leave that up for a little while. –So the next one is ‘the graph is still
green, and it looks sort of great’. And what this means is that… you have the opportunity in AcuGraph
to recategorize a graph. And I’m just gonna bring my AcuGraph up here
real quick. Well I’ll bring it up in a minute because
I’m going to show you in the next slides. In AcuGraph 5, you have the opportunity to
recategorize. So if you’re looking at a graph and it’s borderline high or borderline low,
and you really think it’s high or low, you can change that and
then the treatment options will come up with it. So for my second plan, if the graph is all
green, I’ll tell him, “you know what? This is so good. You’ve moved on really well but we still need
to focus on these things because there are some border lines.” So I’m going to show you about recategorizing
the graph real quick. So in this situation, I would still balance
the graph even though it’s all green and then I would focus on the chief complaint. So here’s –can you see my mouse? Probably not. I guess not. –I’m not seeing your mouse, no. –That’s okay. So, if you look at the graph at the top, it’s
an all green graph, and you look at the graph at the bottom, and this
is me recategorizing it. So if you notice the Pericardium channel,
it was green but it’s on the borderline low side and so, I want to treat it as low. And again, the Large Intestine channel is
borderline high, Kidney Channel is borderline low, Gallbladder is borderline high, I can
recategorize in AcuGraph 5, and I will show you how that’s done. And notice with the recategorization, how
the points come up for treatment. So on the original graph, there are no points to treat. On the second graph, there are. The way… –And so Kimberly, what you’re saying is you
can literally take that, take whatever bar you’re looking at say, take
Pericardium, and say, I know that that comes up as green but I am manually changing that, and I am calling
it low. And AcuGraph will let you change that now,
and that’s new and AcuGraph 5. –That is new and AcuGraph 5. And so, here’s some screenshots of what that
looks like, and I’ll give you an example in just a moment. So on this particular patient, if I clicked
on the Gallbladder channel, and I clicked on the green Gallbladder channel, then this
screenshot would come up and it would show that it’s normal. I can click on changing it to high. Look at the red star there, and then the graph
would now say that the Gallbladder channel is high. So now, we are in AcuGraph 5 and I just tried
to find a random graph. Notice that on this particular graph, this
is one of my own, the Heart channel is borderline low. I can click on the Heart channel and I could tell you–I could tell AcuGraph
that I want it to be low. And then when I close it out, then the heart
channel becomes low. And then let’s do Gallbladder channel also
because the Gallbladder channel looks borderline high, and I can change it, and close, and save. Now the graph looks like exactly how I want
to treat. So my goal of balancing the graph then treating
the symptoms, I can do that. So my second approach you know, if there aren’t
border lines, then I just move on to the chief complaint. If there are border lines, I change the graph
myself manually, and then I can treat accordingly. –There is one question that — that Dr. Robin gave. I’ll just read it really quick Kimberly if
you want to respond it says, “I have my staff graph. If I walk in and have a lot of splits on the
screen that calls for Spleen 21 point, I tend to regraph, is that not advised?” And I guess this refers to what we said before
about not regraphing. And there’s also another question about remeasuring
meridians when they’re split. If it’s okay I’d like to answer both of those
together? And we’ll do that when we get past your point
because I don’t want to slow you down Kimberly. You’re on a roll here, and we’ll talk about
regraphing at the end, and splits at the end. And I’ll cover that so back to you. –Okay. And there’s also another question about averages so we can catch those at the time. So I’ve got the two different scenarios that
I’ve showed you here. And the conversation that I would have with
my patient if I were to the point where I was recognizing that I needed to
re-categorize the graph, I tell them, “wow, look at the great changes in your graph” because
obviously, it’s green. And I’m gonna tell them that, “although
this channel’s showing up is green, we’re gonna change it because can
you see here that it’s borderline? It’s trying to be good. The channels trying to be exactly the way
we want it to be, and it’s almost there, but we’re still gonna call it high, and we’re
gonna treat.” And the patients are always like, “oh good,
thank you. And they’re happy to see that information
in the graph. And then I just always tell them that, “you’re
doing fantastic, borderline means your body is really trying hard to change. And so, the conversation for this particular
graph technique goes as such.” All right, now is a good time to type questions
for this section. Can you see me? –Don’t see questions on that so far. You’ve covered the ‘all green graph section’,
and you’ve covered the ‘let’s recategorize meridians’. So if everything is all green, that doesn’t
mean there aren’t imbalances, it just means that you have to go in and manually look for them. Let me explain why if I could just really
quick because this is a question people ought to ask and that is, ‘why doesn’t AcuGraph
just go in and identify those?’ And the answer is that AcuGraph always has
a normal range. Anything that falls within that normal range
is considered normal because there’s always going to be some fluctuation. And if you have that normal range really tight,
then everything is out of balance all the time. If you have that normal range too broad, then
you never pick up anything because everything is considered normal if you have a really
broad normal range. So AcuGraph does some math to figure out the
best normal range to use on that graph. And sometimes, it’s because of that, because
you’re kind of using a rule of thumb for everybody, it’s not going to adapt to the individual
patient in front of you, that’s why you’re the practitioner. You’re going to use your brain, your skills,
your understanding to decide what needs to be treated, and that’s how it should be. It should always come back to you. –And we’ll talk about some of that in my
next section. In this next section, we’re going to talk
about just the opposite. When… There are times when the symptoms are
gone, the patient comes back and they’re like, “wow, AcuGraph, I mean acupuncture is amazing. I feel so much better. I can’t wait to see what my graph looks like.” And then you graph them and the graph gets
worse. And I’ll get patients who call me and it totally
stumps them. Or not patients but practitioners who call
me and it totally stumps them because they are confused, “what do I say now? I mean does this AcuGraph not work because
obviously my patient is feeling better but there are still symptoms that
they’re having.” So this is a good time to recognize how this
presents and recognize that this is very normal in… in graph findings. So, earlier, Dr. Larsen gave us graph fact
number one, if it gets worse before it gets better. I teach my patients the very first time they
come in when I’m first talking about AcuGraph that it is very normal for the graph to get
worse before it gets better. At this point in time, I’m actually scheduling
them for a series of visits and I tell them — during the next several weeks, there are going
to be a lot of changes in your graph. We may see it get better right away but it
isn’t abnormal for it to get worse. It could get worse before it gets better. So, I’ve already prepared my patient for this
possibility and that is very helpful. And when you realize that that is a possibility
yourself, then you’re not stumped when that happens in the graph. And we’re going to give some examples of that. I’m going to show you some case studies here
in a moment. So at this point in time, your graph is worse,
your patient still has symptoms. We’re gonna just go back to the original goal. So what do you do? You balance the graph, and then you focus
on the chief complaint. The graph being imbalanced again is disorganization
of energy throughout the body and you want to organize the energy before you focus on
the chief complaint so that as you break up that chief complaint, like we talked about
earlier, and you get things moving, as energy moves it has to be able to move freely through the body and not
find a blockage, or a deficiency, or an excess someplace else. So that is why you balance the graph first. So, go back to your original goals, balance
the graph, focus on the chief complaint, and then I have a couple of approaches
to show you. So the first one, here’s my first approach. Here’s my example patient number one. So this is a real patient of mine, she comes
in every month for her wellness visit. She’s one of those ones who started out with
a chief complaint, took her through a series, got her to where she’s doing well, now she’s
sold on acupuncture, and she’ll come in once a month for her wellness visit. So she–recently, I saw her and I said how–I
opened up AcuGraph, I hadn’t graphed her yet and I started asking her so, “what do you
have going on in your body today?” And she says, “you know what? I am feeling great. I have nothing going on. I don’t have any symptoms. I just got back from a trip from Ecuador,
and been on vacation and I’m like fantastic.” “Let’s graph you and see what your graph
says.” So this was her graph. So imagine her surprise when she saw the graph she’s like, “wow, I was feeling so good, how come my graph looks like this?” And next, we’ll talk about conversations that
we had with her, and I mean, we could go into all kinds of analysis of why her graph looked
bad. Mind you she was in Ecuador, and she had just gotten back, and she
drank the water there, and you know her immune
system was down. And even though she was feeling good. –I was gonna say, she didn’t eat the food
there, did she? But who knows. –Probably, she did. So this is the type of conversation I would
have with her at that’s at this point, “Wow, it’s a good thing we caught this now. I am going to fix these imbalances before
you have symptoms.” And I let her know that there–you can have
energetic changes in the body before symptoms even appear. And that’s the cool thing about the graph
report. When we give them the graph report, I always
tell them, “you know, these are the types of symptoms that you could have in your body
based on your graph.” I said, “you won’t have them all but if
we don’t fix the problems in your graph, long term these are the problems
that you could have.” So I explained to her that energy changes
before symptoms show up, and I let her know that, “today we’re going to get your body
into balance so you don’t have symptoms.” And… and so that’s how I approach the treatment. She wasn’t shocked and she didn’t think that my system must be bogus because it isn’t bogus. It really does help you recognize where problems
are before they even occur, and that is a fantastic aspect of AcuGraph. So then, remember your original goals. So what did I do? I balanced the graph, and then after I balanced
the graph, I focused on wellness. The first–I mean, she didn’t have specific
symptoms. She wasn’t –you know, she didn’t have diarrhea,
or nausea, or vomiting, and she didn’t sprain her ankle
while she was on vacation. She said she was feeling great. So after I balanced the graph, then I did
stuff to boost her immune system, I did points to deal with digestion — I just focused on wellness, and there are lots
of different ways that you could do that. I mean, you could do auriculotherapy, you
could go with the TCM, whatever your range of treatment
is, and how you treat. That’s when you move on to everything else. I thought I saw a couple questions come up. So Emma asked, “do you mean that you do
not treat the chief complaint on the same visit, or needle, or balance the graph first, then needle the chief complaint?” So what I do is–the first thing I do, I take notes, ask the patient
how they’re doing, graph the patient, then I look at the graph. If I need to balance the graph, I throw in
whatever needles it takes to balance the graph. And immediately, I then move on to whatever
points I need to address the chief complaint. So I focus on both things in every visit. In our last webinar, we talked about how 80%,
I believe it was the last webinar, we talked about how 80% of a patient’s symptoms will
fall off the plate just because you balance the graph. I mean, think about that for a second, if
energy is flowing the way it needs to, and your body is doing the very best it can to
fight off whatever your chief complaints are, that’s an easy fix — balance the graph. But that extra 20% comes with your skill. So I’m not going to balance the graph and
assume that my patient’s shoulder pain is gonna go away. I am going to… let’s see. I’m not gonna balance the graph and assume
that my patients shoulder pain is gonna go away. Can you see me right now? –Yeah. –Okay, my screen looks a little grey so I
wanted to be sure. I’m not gonna balance the graph and assume
that the diarrhea is gonna go away, or that the headache is gonna go away, or that the
hemorrhoids are gonna go away. First, I’m gonna balance the graph, and whatever
points I need to do that, and then I’m adding points for the chief complaint. So, again, and I’ve talked about this lots
of times, and you’ll… you can see it in some of my advanced training courses. But balancing the graph is organizing, treating the chief complaint is deep cleaning, and that comes from a mother of nine, and that’s
just how I think. Let’s see, were there were more questions? Dr. Robin says, “I usually utilize graph
points as well as add specific chief complaint points. I regraph on the sixth treatment and usually,
always see some improved meridians.” –Yeah, that is one way of doing it. I personally like to graph them each time
because when I graph them each time, it tells me where that disorganization is, and how the body was disorganized on
treatment number one. It’ll be disorganized in a different way on
treatment number two, three, four, and five and so, I graph each time. But if you know, if graphing every six time
works well for you, then I completely understand based on timing. This is just the approach that I take and
I find that I get excellent results in this way. When I started doing this, that’s when my
patients started getting better twice as fast. There was a time when I didn’t balance the
graph first, and I only focused on chief complaints, and just being able to compare the two approaches
for me, personally in my clinic, that’s where I get the best results. All right, I’m going to move on to my next
patient example. All right, so we talked about the wellness patient, and then I’ve got patient number two as an example. So this patient, I hadn’t seen this patient
in a long time and she came in because I had treated her before for low back pain, and
hemorrhoids, and it had been years, and she had the issue come back up again. So she called me up and said, “hey Kimberly,
I need treatment.” So, that’s the information I have.
I haven’t graphed her yet. I don’t know a lot but so now I graph her, and this is what her graph looked like. So she had a huge Dai Mai imbalance, she had
Spleen excess. She had excess in a lot of the upper body channels, and this
just wasn’t a normal presentation to her. I had looked at her graph, previous graphs, and so it started
me digging and asking more questions. I didn’t treat her like a brand new patient. I didn’t take an hour and a half with her
like I typically do because I had seen her before. But something was obviously amiss, and what I learned from her actually was that
she had had breast augmentation surgery. And, let’s see. We’ll talk about her for a second before I
move on to the next graph because it’s really an interesting case. (Can you see me? There you go.) She had breast augmentation surgery and probably about a year ago. And so, there were a lot of imbalances in
her body that were new and different. She had all this excess on the upper body,
and deficiency on the lower body. And so, as we probed a little further asking
questions, I realized how everything was completely — how it’s all interconnected. She had scar tissue around her breasts and
so all of these channels that ran through her breasts were deficient. And that–so she had excess in the upper body
and a deficiency in the lower body which led to the Spleen channel not transforming and
transporting the way it needed to. She wound up with the hemorrhoids, and the
lower back pain. And then she also was having a lot of anxiety,
and shoulder tension, and even some discomfort in her breasts. So as–I’m gonna show you how this
treatment progressed as we were treating her. So here’s a series of four weeks of me treating
her and the graph was just stubborn. And notice that we went from –oh you can’t
see the graph yet, there we go. So, the graph was just stubborn. She had a really bad graph the first time. I treated all the imbalances that it showed,
and worked on her hemorrhoids, and her back pain, and their next graph came, and it was
slightly better but it was still bad. And then the next graph it began to look better,
and then it went back to really bad again, and you can see how it progressed. And it
took four weeks of visits before we got the good graph. We went from February 2nd to March 3rd. So over a month, we treated her. In that process, we dealt with scar tissue
accumulation in the breasts. We worked… I worked with laser on her breasts, and we
worked on the hemorrhoids. It took some herbal remedies to deal with
the hemorrhoids. It took acupuncture, all different directions and angles if you
will to deal with the problem.But, I guess, the point that I really want
you to recognize here is I was balancing the graph each time, but the graph was stubborn
and it didn’t want to give, and that was okay. I focused each time on balancing the graph
and then I still treated the chief complaint. And conversations that I had with
her during this time it says when her graph didn’t look better I said, “well it looks like you’re
right on track. It’s typical if you have… it’s typical for
the graph to get worse before it gets better.” And then I reminded her that chronic conditions
can be really stubborn, “and we will just keep working through this. And it’s a good thing you have a series of
visits scheduled, and let’s just get on with treatment.” And that’s the conversation I had with her
each time as we moved forward. And because her graph was so imbalanced, and
I could help her recognize, I could recognize the process that it was going to take time,
and I could tell her that, and then she felt very comfortable in the process. And the graph was a tool for me, and it was
a measuring device, and she… she definitely –we were able to communicate. And that was–that’s the important part is
learning how to communicate with your patients. –Hey Kimberly, I was going to say that that
slide you had with the graph progression, that for me that’s the money right there. That was so worth it. If you get a chance to put that back up, I
just wanted to reiterate to people you know, how typical that
kind of a progression is. And that as you’re treating somebody, and
as you’re you know, doing the treatments close enough together that you can start to see
the changes, that’s exactly the way it goes. Here we go. Yeah, so we you know, we started out with
that really bad looking graph, and look at that, the first visit, two days later, it’s
not looking a whole lot better. But then gradually, over the course of a month, boy that is just really incredible to look at. And that–so thanks for sharing that Kimberly,
that right there, that’s been the best slide of the whole presentation for me. Just wanted to say that. Back to you. –Thank you. So it looks like she’s right on track. So I guess, the really–the take-home message
for you in this, I want you to recognize that a green graph does not mean zero symptoms. It means that the body, the energy is organized,
so that the chief–you’re in the best possible place, so that the chief complaint can be
resolved. So, just because it shows up on the graph
that day when you’re treating, it doesn’t mean that the patient is symptom-free. And so, take comfort in that and recognize
it, and educate your patients. One of the things I do say especially if it’s
a wellness patient, and they’ve been around for a long time, I’ve got a man who comes in every
now and again, and his graph looks great, and I tell him… I tell him when his graph is perfectly green
in that way, I tell him that now he can go home and tell his wife that he’s perfect,
or at least almost perfect because Kimberly said so. And you know, they get a chuckle out of that. And then we talk about what we’re gonna do,
and we move on to treatment. So, recognize it. The next thing in our review is that — remember that the graph can get worse
before it gets better, and it’s okay. It is normal for a graph to get worse before
it gets better. It is normal as you are rearranging the energy
in the body to get the body back into a good position that it’s going to fight against
you. Sometimes chronic conditions have been there
for a really long time and you have to work through them, and it takes multiple approaches. Putting needles into balance the graph is
one approach. All the different tools that you have for
chief complaints, use them. If you use laser, use them. If you use massage therapy, if you use tendino-muscular sports medicine
type of treatments, use them. If you use chiropractic, use them. Whatever your approach to treatment, the whole
key is if you balance the graph first, you’re going to get better results. So, and then the other thing that–the other
take-home that I wanted you to take home from this webinar was the opportunity and ability
to be able to talk to your patients. When you are educated about the graph, which
congratulations for coming to the webinars, we really like doing these for you because
we want you to have all of the tools necessary to be awesome with your AcuGraph in the clinic. But as you get to know your AcuGraph, it’s a whole education process in itself. And as you are confident with what the graph
says and what can happen, then you can be more confident in talking to your patients. And when you’re confident talking to your
patients, your patients trust you and you have more opportunities. So, I also wanted to remind you that in the
webinar training portal, you’ll be able to print out the helpful tidbits that I gave you with the conversations
that I have with my patients. It seems like that’s the thing you asked me
for the most, ‘how do I talk to my patient?’ So what I’ve been doing lately actually as
I’ve been talking to my patients, I have this note and I… and I’m just typing down all
the little phrases that I say that help them to recognize, that I could share with you. So, I hope that that is helpful for you. Very easy, just click on the download resources
and the PDF will come up. And you can… you can download it. Come up with your own conversation, share
it with us in the AcuGraph User Group. Help us to know what’s working really well
for you. And then our final… I guess that’s all I have. Hey, you didn’t introduce me with a crazy
picture. I introduced you with a crazy picture. –Sorry about that. I’ll find a crazy picture. But let’s go ahead and take some questions here. And there’s–first of all, great job Kimberly! That was… that was tremendous. Very good stuff. There’s one question that I wanted to ask
and then I was going to answer it cuz that’s what I’m here for and that is this, your guys
remember the title of the webinar today – ‘Is the graph lying?’ The answer I wanted to give is, no. The graph isn’t lying. It really did–you know, when you took the
probe and you took the measurements, you really did measure those measurements. And so, when it gives you those bars, that
actually is what’s going on. So the question you have to ask yourself is,
‘why? Why am I seeing that?’ Kimberly you brought up some great things
like ‘the graph is all green but the patient feels awful, why?’ Or ‘the patient feels great and the graph
looks terrible, why?’ It starts a thought process that helps you
understand a little bit more about what’s going on with the patient and about how to help. So hopefully, we can all you know, leave here
with a little bit broader way of thinking about the graph. And with that in mind, why don’t we go ahead
and hit some of these questions? There was this one about remeasuring
and remeasuring splits. And the people that have asked have been waiting
a long time so let me hit that one. And then we’ll keep going folks. If you have questions, go ahead, type them
in the side over here, and we’ll answer them. Oh, and meanwhile, just for fun I’m going
to put up another poll. I’m just curious how many of you ever get
all green graphs. And so, I put up a poll over there, go ahead
and answer that while I’m talking. But Emma says, “how about remeasuring the
meridians which are split?” And as I mentioned earlier, when you have
taken a measurement on the skin, you’ve caused an electrical charge to be
isolated there on the skin. And therefore, if you go back and remeasure,
it’s not necessarily accurate. And so, how come we remeasure splits? Well, when you think about a split, a split
is where you have one side that measures really low, one side that measures really high. A low measurement, the low side, can mean
two things. It can either mean that it actually is low,
that there’s low energy in this channel over here. Or it means that I missed the point because
if you’re not on the point, the reading will be lower. If you are on the point, the reading will
be higher. Well, if I miss the point and I go back and
remeasure and I hit the point, it’s no problem. I’m remeasuring a different spot, right? If I go back and remeasure and it’s still low, that’s a true split. It really did come up. And what we found is that, oh, probably around 80% of the splits
really were just measurement errors, where I slightly missed the spot,
I move a little bit, I get a better measurement, the numbers come up, and they match. So that’s why we can remeasure splits because
you’re measuring a different spot. –Here’s a little fact for you. I’m gonna show you back in 2010. I… What I was? A year into graphing patients? And I wasn’t very good at graphing. We learned that most of the time, it had to
do with being off on point location. So this is me. This was a graph that I did of myself back
in 2010. If you look at any of the
graphs that I do now, I almost never, never get a split anymore because it’s a matter of going back and
remeasuring the splits. So, you almost never get those Spleen 21 recommendations.
If you’re getting a whole lot of splits. It more than likely is the fact that you’re
slightly off on point location and pressure. That’s my experience. –Thanks for that Kimberly, and what a great
illustration. Yeah, if you’re getting a lot of splits like
that, chances are it’s in the technique, and that’s why AcuGraph says, “hey would you
like to go back and re-measure the splits?” And it walks you through measuring — always
the low side, always measuring the low side of the split, and so, to answer Dr. Robin who asked
about walking in and seeing all these splits, my question would be, “is your staff doing the
remeasurement that AcuGraph recommends?” Right when you finish the exam, first thing
it says is, “whoa, there’s a lot of splits, do you want to remeasure?” Make sure that they’re doing that, and make
sure that they’re trained, that you can actually move slightly. While you’re doing the graph, you can move
the probe around a little bit and find the highest reading, and that’s the reading to go with. And
you can do that on all the points. And then, once you’ve go back and remeasure,
do the same thing, make sure that it wasn’t just
that you missed a point. So, Arie asked a couple of
questions I’ll address. And then, we’ll head back to Kimberly for
Susan’s question. But Arie asked, he said, “what if graphs
are always low like 15 to 20? Or what if graphs are always high like averaging
200?” –Graphs being low, we talked about age, we
talked about illness, we talked about skin pigment, the other one is dehydration. If you have patients that are dehydrated,
they’re going to read low. And believe it or not, occasionally, we get
user error where somebody called and we just couldn’t figure out why their graphs were low. And I asked all kinds of questions, no-no-no-no-no and so then, I said, “well, what kind of
water are you using?” And they said, “well, what do you mean water.” I said, “on the q-tip, you know, when you
moisten the tip of the probe here.” They said, “what q-tip?” I just used the gold thing. They were just taking the probe, dry sticking
it on the skin and saying, “boy, I’m just not getting very high readings.” So hopefully, we all know that little tip. But as I mentioned earlier, some people just
read low. It’s because of who they are. So work on balance. Now, there are things you can do to bring
that average up. There are herbal things, there are AcuGraph things that you can do,
or acupuncture point treatments you can do. But focus first on balance. And then to answer about people being really high, a couple of things there. Number one, if somebody is perspiring or they’ve
just exercised. You know, if your office is on the eighth
floor and it’s a hot day in August, and somebody was speeding through traffic cuz they were late
to get there, and they ran up the stairs, and they come in huffing and puffing and sweating,
the graph’s gonna be high. Give them five minutes to sit down, calm down,
have a drink, even dry off the points if you need to. And then secondly, some people will always
tend to read high just because of who they are. Maybe they’re athletic,
maybe they’re really young. Again, focus on balance, don’t worry about
is the average here, or is the average here, that’s less important than focusing on getting
the meridians in balance with each other. –I have two examples I can share on those
situations. I have one gentleman. Every time he comes in, he has just come from work. He tends to be clammy, a little sweaty, nervous
kind of guy. If you touch him, he gets a little sweaty. So what I have learned is always the points
on his wrists just skyrocket. And so, I will ignore those points at first
and go down and treat his legs, and then come back and treat the wrist.
–You mean measure? –Yeah, sorry, measure. There’s something about his –it just gives him a moment to
get un-sweaty, and calm down, and relax, and by doing his feet first, and
then his hands, he does better each time. And then if I have someone who has really,
really low numbers, and my q-tip is wet, sometimes my q-tip is not wet enough. And obviously, you don’t want it dripping
all over the patient but you need to be sure it’s wet enough for those particular patients. And pressure is key. Whenever you’re graphing anyone, you want
to be consistent on the pressure for that patient. If I have a patient who has really, really
low readings, I will go with more pressure for them on every point. So, it’s not that I’m taking the ones that
are low and giving more pressure, but I’ll give more pressure when I’m
measuring across the board for that patient. And it will help me get a little bit higher
numbers just so that I can see the excesses and deficiencies a little better. –So, as long as you’re uniform… –As long as I’m uniform –With all the points. Yeah. Good, okay. –Okay, so the next question was from Susan,
speaking of scar tissue, and she said, “How does one deal with multiple serious scarrings
on the the wrist due to suicide attempts for the Heart meridian? I had a connection that caused
the probe to beep off and on?” –I’m not sure about the beeping on and off
but what I would say about scar tissue. Maybe you can ask your question again. Are you asking in relation to
measuring the points? Or how to deal with the scar tissue? Because scar tissue is a common… is a webinar
that we could have completely. And I know I talked about it some in this
one with the scar tissue for my patient. –It sounds to me like if there are actual
scars at the points, and you’re trying to measure on a scar on the wrist, then you’re
gonna have problems. –Go a little further up the channel and…
and measure a little further up. When Dr. Larsen was talking earlier about
there being a scratch on a point, and how you go a little further up the channel, you
would use that same concept. What I found with the scratch, sometimes if
I will cover the scratch with my finger, and then measure a little bit slightly up from
the scratch, I can avoid that open skin to get that skyrocketing space. But I would also treat those scars and get
the energy moving through those scars again, and that’s really important to do because
there are obvious blockages in the channels long term that can be dealt with. Let’s see. So we did answer your question
Susan in relation to measuring. And I’m glad that you’re treating her with laser. “Graph timing, average treatment time with
graphs and treatment.” –You know, we had a conversation going on
about this in the AcuGraph User Forum yesterday, and I find that by the time
I walk in the room, asked my patient questions, graph them and get needles in them, I can be out
of the room in 20 minutes if they’re not too chatty. And we were talking about strategies for that. So if you haven’t joined our Facebook User
Forum, we hope that you will because those are the types of conversations
we have over there. And they are really fun. So it’s for AcuGraph 5 users. “Do I charge the patient each time you
graph?”–I personally do not. To me, the graph is one more diagnostic skill. I don’t charge them to look at their tongue,
to feel their pulses, or to palpate the channels, or to palpate their shoulders. It’s all part of what I do. But I do make sure that my –the payment that my patient pays
me is worth it… it’s all inclusive. It covers the fact that I am… I have AcuGraph in my clinic, and so I just
make sure that it covers that cost. –I will add that there. I do know practitioners that
do charge for the graph as a separate billable item because they’re handing the patient
a report, it’s a separate service. And if that’s how you choose
to do, that’s just fine. As long as you make it such
that the price of the graph is not dissuading people
from getting graphed. You know, if it’s going to be an extra $50
on the visit to do a graph, then chances are you’re not going to do it
very often or your patients not going to want you to. So, try to make it affordable enough that
you can get the full benefit of it. So, I’m gonna expand, Arie asked, “is my
patient in the office for 20 minutes?”–No, my patient is in the office for an hour. Within 20 minutes, I’m out of… I’m out of the treatment room leaving them
to sit with their needles, and getting ready to go in the next room for my next patient. I do have two treatment rooms. Alex says, “what my experience
with measuring patients with… who are terminal and are
on their deathbed?” –I actually have written
several blogs. Maybe Cameron can post some
links for them. Or I’ve written several blogs on cancer and
what the graph looked like. I’ve actually had a terminally ill patient
who has been going through chemotherapy and we treated her all the way through
her chemo, and she was on her way to travel to another hospital for some deeper treatment. And there was a day that we cried together
because her graph was all green and she said, “my graph is all green.” And I said, “it is. That means your body is in the perfect condition
to be able to fight off whatever you have to do at this next level.” And so, my approach to treatment for her,
I do balance the graph, I do find the imbalances, I try to get the energy flowing so that they
can be in the best possible position. When they’re going through chemotherapy, the
numbers are really, really low. Sometimes during radiation, the numbers…
you’ll have certain channels that will skyrocket so it is interesting to watch a graph through
a dying patient. –Oh sorry, I was going to add. I had a cancer patient that was the graph
was actually how we found her cancer. She had a belt block that would not resolve
after eight treatments or so, needling, herbs, we’re doing everything we can and the belt
block won’t resolve. And so I sent her for a medical workup to
find out. And sure enough, she had ovarian cancer, and it was all through
her pelvis, and that was causing the belt block. And unfortunately, that was the end for her. She actually was gone. Oh, it was less than three
months later that she… she succumbed. So sometimes, if you see things that won’t
resolve, and it doesn’t make sense, start asking your why. Is there pathology that’s causing these imbalances
because imbalances should respond? So, that’s worth noting. I also wanted to hit Sedalia question, “why do the Jing-well points look
lower than the Source points?” –It has to do with the type
of point. The Jing-well point does not have–that’s
an excess to where the musculotendino channel, which is a shallow channel meets the main
channel, which goes deep. There’s not as much tissue here. They tend to read lower. It’s just an electrical property of the Jing-well
points versus the Source points. They tend–the Source points tend to read
higher, and they tend to have more variety to them. That’s just how it is. So, once you know that, then you don’t have to be surprised
or shocked when you see the differences there. Also, if you’re having trouble reading due
to scar tissue, or due to other problems, you can always go to the other type of point. So if a Jing-well graph isn’t gonna work because
they have terrible cuticles, do a Source point graph instead. Arie said, “splits remeasurable?” Question mark. –No, I actually… are we recommend only
remeasuring the low side of the split reasons we talked about before. If something is higher than the other one,
chances are that you didn’t miss on the side that’s high, chances are that you missed on
the side that’s low. And so there’s no reason to go back and remeasure
the high side, that’s why we do that. Arie also said, “how do I turn on
the measure splits reminder?” –Good question Arie. I believe that’s over
in the preferences, am I right Kimberly? –Let’s see. –She’s pulling it up right now. She’ll pull that up. While she’s looking for that, Khalid says,
“if a patient has a heart device, it does affect the exam?” –Khalid, what I have to tell you
is if a patient has an implanted electrical device, don’t graph them. I don’t mean to you know,
be alarmist at all. But if they have a pacemaker for example,
and you’re doing a graph, you could get blamed for causing serious problems because you’re
doing an electrical modality. So it’s contraindicated to ever graph anyone
who has an implanted electrical device. Now, if they have an implanted mechanical
device like a hip or a knee, fine graph them, no problem. You’re not going to interfere. But you don’t want to be the one
who gets blamed for causing a problem with an insulin pump, or a deep
brain stimulator, or a defibrillator, or all any of the other types of
implanted devices. So, just don’t do it, that’s the best
advice I have there. –All right, can we see my screen now and
I’ll show them how to turn that on? –There you go. –All righty, so when you’re in AcuGraph,
go to settings, go to measurement, and then –so measurement order calculations, and retest
splits, if that should be on, never or always, and we just recommend that you keep it on
always. –Perfect, thanks for showing that. And keep in mind that that shows up for each
type of exam. You can set that separately for Jing-well
and for Source for example. And one other–before we finish up here, I
wanted to talk about the results of the other poll. I put up a poll that says, “have you ever
gotten an all green graph?” And I thought it was interesting here. It says–the most common response was, yes
I have but only once or twice ever. It’s very rare. The next most common was no, I’ve never
had an all green graph. And then some 25% said, yeah, I get them now, and then. 0% said, yeah, I get them all the
time, isn’t that interesting? How does that help us recalibrate our expectations? You should not be expecting a lot of all green
graphs because as we mentioned, the job of the meridian channels is that they constantly
fluctuate based on what’s going on in the environment, and they help
balance. And so, if you’re getting all green stuff all the
time, that would be a little weird. Things aren’t doing the adaptation stuff
that we would expect them to do, so thought that was worth pointing out. Mike asked, “are all the links available
with the recording?” –So the link is that handout. And yes, that will be available with the recording. Not sure that we had any other links posted up. Emma says, “how about if a patient had a
triple heart bypass?” –Totally fine, to graph someone post-surgery, as long as that
triple heart bypass did not also involve putting in a pacemaker. Again, if they have an electrical device in
their body, don’t graph them. Any other things in their body, surgeries,
implants, or whatever that is, that’s fine, no problem. So, don’t see any other questions up. Kimberly, do you have anything to add before
we close? –I just wanted to say thank you everyone
for coming to the webinar. I hope that you gained some valuable information. If you have questions for Dr. Larsen or myself, here are email addresses. And we love your emails. We’d love to get information,
hear from you. We love your questions, and we especially
love when you give us information of what you would find helpful to learn. So, as we’re planning future
webinars, we can… we can gain from your… from your questions. –All right, excellent. Very good! Thank you everybody. We appreciate everybody coming.
Thank you for your questions. As always, we’ll see you over in the Facebook
group, the AcuGraph Users Group. And until next time everybody. Get out there and do a lot of good for a lot
of people. Thanks folks!

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