John A. Amaro D.C., FIAMA, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.
In the September 2002 issue of "Acupuncture Today" my column
on Contemporary Acupuncture Diagnosis Electro Meridian Imaging created
a tremendous amount of interest according to the sheer numbers of request
for further information received regarding this procedure. If you failed
to see this article or failed to see the importance of it, go to AcupunctureToday.com
and access the article by going to "columnists" and seeing my
I have personally
used this procedure for diagnosis in acupuncture since I first learned
it in 1973. Prior to that time I practiced pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Even though I was obviously a neophyte in 1973, Electro Meridian Imaging
allowed me to practice at the level of an accomplished Master.
As pointed out in the article I renamed this procedure from "Ryodoraku"
to Electro Meridian Imaging (EMI) in 1982.
In my previous article,
I illustrated the procedure of EMI by showing a graph which could be utilized
manually on a pre-printed form by simply adding all of the measurement
figures of the Yuan points together than dividing by 24 to develop a base
average. By establishing the normal range for each individual patient
based on that formulation, it is clearly shown which meridian is energetically
involved. Again I reference you back to the September 2002 issue of Acupuncture
Today for the explanation of the procedure.
However one of the
most exciting applications of EMI is without question the computer enhanced
version of Electro Meridian Imaging. The entire procedure with the computer
takes less than two minutes to perform and the information derived is
landmark. Clinical response using this diagnostic procedure is legendary.
This article will focus on a few case histories illustrating the graphing
from the computer enhanced EMI.
The following case
histories are from my own personal patient files. They are typical examples
of the significance of this procedure. Please look over the following
case scenarios and the related EMI finding. This method of diagnosis can
potentially be an incredible addition to your practice regardless of your
style of acupuncture.
Case history #1:
The patient enters the office fills out the preliminary medical history
along with the other entry forms and proceeds to see me for consultation.
During the consultation, I discover the patient has been referred to me
for severe adult onset asthma. His situation is extremely grave having
been taking to the hospital on three separate incidences by ambulance.
The patient is a 27-year-old male with no prior history of asthma or respiratory
distress in his history except for sudden onset four years prior. He has
seen numerous physicians. He reports extreme shortness of breath in the
middle of the night specifically between the hours of 3am to 5 am which
is consistent with the horary cycle in the Midday-Midnight law of acupuncture.
Upon EMI examination it was noted the patient was virtually normal in
all meridians with the exception of the Large Intestine meridian which
was pathologically depressed (see Figure #1). Upon further questioning
of the patient, he stated and wondered if the low Large Intestine meridian
reading could be a result of his colostomy. "Your colostomy???? There
was no mention of a colostomy in his medical history form. It was learned,
the patient had been on a mission with his church in the outback of Australia
and due to an amoeba/parasite in the water, developed severe intestinal
distress which ultimately led to the surgical removal of his large intestine
and half of his small intestine. However, following this discovery of
his Large Intestine meridian involvement it was learned, his asthma developed
within the first two weeks following his colostomy surgery. Based on the
acupuncture principle Lung is paired with Large Intestine and what affects
one could potentially affect the other, It was reasoned his asthma may
very well be caused by his extremely depressed Large Intestine meridian.
The treatment was extremely elementary by using the tonification point
for the Large Intestine meridian (LI 11) followed by the Mu (Alarm) point
(ST 25) and the Shu (Associated) point BL25. No treatment was geared for
his lung as either an organ or meridian. The entire treatment revolved
simply around his Large Intestine meridian as discovered by the EMI examination.
The patient was given two treatments and regraphed at which time the EMI
graphing showed a correction of the problem. The patient remained a patient
receiving maintenance type treatments four times a year with routine Electron
Meridian Imaging examinations twice a year. He remained a patient for
eight years at which time he re-located to another city where we eventually
lost track of him. In the eight years of follow up care, he never experienced
another asthma attack or as much as even shortness of breath. He was virtually
asymptomatic following the second treatment.
Case History #2:
Sixty-five year old female. Extreme femoral nerve neuritis three years
duration. Unable to walk more than 7-10 steps without severe disabling
pain. Patient was referred by a physician in another State in the hopes
acupuncture may bring about a clinical response. Patient had done extensive
physio-therapy, six months of chiropractic care. Under the care of both
a neurologist and an orthopedic who prescribe a variety of medication
which the patient states has little if any effect. During the EMI examination,
it was learned that she had gallbladder surgery just prior to the onset
of the condition. She returned for a second surgery to surgically remove
scar tissue which had apparently formed as a result of the first surgery.
The patient was treated according to the protocols set forth in the EMI
examination to tonify the Liver with LIV 8, to sedate the BLADDER by using
Bladder 65 and to tonify they GallBladder by using GB 43. She further
was treated with laser beam stimulation directly to the abdominal scar
tissue. Her debilitating pain was completely and permanently resolved.
She received two treatments from me and was referred to her local practitioner
for follow up care.
Every Christmas I receive a special card from her thanking me for acupuncture.
Case History #3 and #4.
The following two case histories share precisely the same identical symptomatology
of severe panic attacks. Both of these individual cases share very common
findings making their condition seem almost exactly the same. They both
have very dramatic stories of their severe disabling panic attacks. Neither
of them can leave the house to perform simple tasks like running to the
grocery store or picking up the kids after school without grave consequences.
They are both confined to their home. The sheer thought of going out of
the house is overwhelming. On EMI examination each of these individuals
even though their symptoms are practically identical show complete polar
opposites of the graph. As one can see one graph shows a very depressed
Pericardium, Heart, Small Intestine and Triple Heater meridian. Whereas
the other patients graph shows each of those same meridians to be very
The rule in EMI evaluation is likened to, "This bed was too hard
and this bed was too soft-This one is just right" Meaning it makes
little difference if the meridians are too high or too low if they are
involved this is the clinical significance. Just as one may tune the radio
to 94.5 for a clear station, both 94.6 and 94.4 will each broadcast nothing
but static. There is nothing wrong with the radio, just something wrong
with the fine tuning.
Please note the meridians comprising the Fire Element are all involved.
This is a classic finding for panic attacks. This condition is very responsive
to acupuncture when balanced.
I have thousands of
interesting cases in my patient files I would love to share with you,
however, as you are aware, space is at a premium. For further information
on Electro Meridian Imaging, drop me an e-mail at DrAmaro@IAMA.edu
John A. Amaro D.C.,FIAMA,
Box 1003 Carefree, Arizona