Ryodoraku evaluation of
the acupuncture meridians also known as “ELECTRO MERIDIAN IMAGING”
or “Electronic Pulse Diagnosis” is an extremely accurate diagnostic
The exam may be accomplished in less than two minutes and may
be performed by either the doctor or trained technician.
First discovered and developed by Dr. Yoshio Nakatani of Japan in 1952, it’s use has revolutionized the way acupuncture is being practiced by both
medical practitioners and traditionally trained acupuncturists globally. Just as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relies on the ancient principles and proper evaluation of the 28 pulse characteristics, “ELECTRO
MERIDIAN IMAGING” may be referred to as Contemporary Asian Medicine
(CAM) which is technologically advanced electronic diagnosis and treatment.
ACUPUNCTURE DIAGNOSIS IN a CHIROPRACTIC/MEDICAL PRACTICE
John A. Amaro C.C., FIAMA,
Since the early 1950’s, acupuncture
diagnosis has taken on an entirely new dimension throughout the
world with the discovery of “Ryodoraku” by Dr. Yoshio Nakatani of
Even though Chinese pulse diagnosis is considered both classic and traditional, its explanation is scientifically unproven and questionable at best. Given the fact
that the findings are purely and strictly subjective, the question remains, is the practitioner of pulse diagnosis who also prescribes an acupuncture treatment based upon their interpretation of the pulse, actually treating the patients real and primary problem?
Since it is not unusual to observe an individual patient being evaluated by several pulse diagnosticians and be given as many different diagnoses as there are evaluators, one must question this form of ancient diagnosis.
We wonder if pulse diagnosis has a place and will survive into the new millennium?
Please bear in mind my personal observations of pulse diagnosis spanning 30 years in scores of Asian
countries have been numerous. I personally have the highest regard for the Asian master of acupuncture in the evaluation of disease by pulse diagnosis. However, I have second thoughts concerning the same practice by contemporary training and standards.
When Nakatani first developed his procedure of electronic evaluation by measuring skin conductance at the Yuan (Source) point of the wrist and ankle, he created one of the most significant acupuncture diagnostic methods that have yet to be created in either contemporary or traditional acupuncture. When one compares the
findings of learned Asian Masters of acupuncture and pulse diagnosis, who will literally palpate the 12 pulse positions for as long as 15-20 minutes per wrist, with the findings of Ryodoraku, they are most often identical or extremely close.
Of course, electronic evaluation of the body Yuan points do not determine the specific 28 pulse
characteristics which must be ascertained in proper pulse diagnosis. It does however, determine if an individual meridian is excess or deficient in comparison to the entire meridian system of the 12 primary
meridians. Unfortunately, the majority of contemporary pulse
practitioners only recognize and concern themselves with under six pulse qualities as opposed to the historic 28.
When one finds an elevated or deficient meridian on Ryodoraku, the treatment approach is one of
tonification or sedation, to specific acupuncture points known to replenish or deplete biomagnetic energy to create balance in the
meridians. Electronic measurements are ascertained by examining the 24 specific Yuan
points of the wrist and ankles for only three seconds per point.
One of the most significant
discoveries of Ryodoraku was the discovery of split meridians.
For example, in pulse
diagnosis, the pulse of the Spleen meridian is always in the right
wrist, where as the Gallbladder, Kidney and Liver is always in the
left wrist. When one
ascertains a diagnosis from the pulse qualities, it can reveal a multitude of factors, however, it cannot and does not reveal what
the Ryodoraku has discovered.