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Ancient Acupuncture

In traditional Chinese medicine theory, there are many pathways or channels of energy that run through your body.

These channels exist synergistically, each of them contributing to the health and vitality of the others.

In Chinese medicine, these channels are known as meridian pathways. And the sustaining energy or life force that runs through them is call Qi (Chee).

Each acupuncture pathway connects with muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, and internal organs. All the meridians affect different parts of the body, but they are all connected to each other.

Modern Acupuncture

In this modern era, scientists have discovered that Qi is related to ATP, or bioelectricity. We have learned that acupuncture pathways are actually electrically conductive lines of fascia tissue that generate electrical currents throughout the body, connecting all systems together.

It’s because of the fascia system that we are able to treat acupuncture points along the pathway which then affects the body on multiple levels – muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, internal organs, hormones, and emotions.

In our clinic, we use AcuGraph, a modern diagnostic tool which measures electrical skin resistance in the acupuncture pathways. This measurement gives us valuable information and allows us to SEE where your body is out of balance.

An imbalanced chart means that energy isn’t moving well through the meridians. Imbalances, if left untreated, lead to symptoms.

A Simple Analogy

The acupuncture pathways are kind of like a map which runs through the body. One road leads to the next, which leads to the next. If there is a traffic jam or an accident in one acupuncture pathway, then there is a blockage. There’s too much traffic which causes congestion and chaos.

Traffic will need to divert to other side roads, which then causes more problems. The roads beyond the traffic will be empty. If there isn’t enough traffic moving through the main roads within the community, then the community is weak, and it cannot thrive.

  • A meridian shown in blue indicates deficiency/weakness in energy.
  • One shown in red indicates an excess/blockage in energy.
  • One shown in purple indicates that the meridians energy is unevenly distributed between the right and left sides of the body.
  • Green means that your energy is flowing well and is in balance.

Our goal is to get you to have all green bars at about the save level across the graph. That means your system is balanced and will be able to heal itself with the information we input for the acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture of Iowa Iowa City AcuGraph graph

Based on your symptoms and the graph findings, we will create a customized treatment plan to restore balance and address your symptoms.

During your course of treatment you will be able to watch your progress. As your graph becomes greener, your body will become more balanced, allowing it to heal and thrive naturally. This will lead to a decrease in symptoms AND general improved health and wellbeing in your life.

NOTE: Patients are often surprised at the end of a course of treatment that their chief complaint is resolved AND they experience bonuses such as increased energy, better sleep, improved digestion, and balanced emotions.

We hope that you enjoy the insight that AcuGraph gives you into your unique pattern of energy and we look forward to helping you find joy on your journey to healing.