Electro meridian imaging (EMI) is a diagnostic tool, which is used to measure the electro potential of specific acupoints by placing a small, painless electronic pen on the skin.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body throughout Asia. We use acupuncture when we see health problems that seem to be caused by disruptions of the energy pathways in your body, which are called meridians. This centuries-old healing procedure focuses on the integrity of bodily systems, not specific conditions.

Perhaps the best way to think about acupuncture is to imagine rivers of energy throughout your body, organized by meridians. These meridians can experience a “log jam” when energy flow is restricted. As an ideal adjunct to chiropractic care, we use acupuncture to help loosen this “log jam” and allow energy to circulate properly to the pathways in your body.

Dr. Carradine is board certified in acupuncture through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Ohio State Chiropractic Board. She has also earned both Fellow and Diplomate status through the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Carradine has been trained in using both needle and non-needle acupuncture techniques to accomodate different patient needs. Our acupuncture needles are so small that you can easily insert 5 of them into the hollow tube of one hypodermic needle!

The Examination

The ancient method used in an acupuncture examination is known as “pulse diagnosis.” Pulse diagnosis involves feeling the pulse in 6 different locations and evaluating 28 characteristics of the pulse to determine the balance of the 12 meridians. Our office, however, utilizes modern technology to administer an acupuncture examination by means of “ryodoraku” or “electro meridian imaging” (EMI). EMI is extremely reliable and is becoming the standard method of diagnosis internationally. EMI also yields crucial information that is actually unobtainable through traditional pulse diagnosis. To conduct an EMI examination, Dr. Carradine places a small painless electronic pen on the skin over specific acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electro potential of the specific point for the 12 primary meridians is measured. The human body’s energy flow courses over these 12 meridians or channels, which are normally well-balanced. However, if a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or other symptoms in the body. Among other things, this examination will tell Dr. Carradine which meridians have deficient energy levels, excessive energy and/or are unbalanced when comparing right and left sides of each meridian.

Can I get results without using needles?

While the primary notoriety of acupuncture is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part, it is not necessary to use needles to get results. Non-needle techniques can be just as effective if not more than needles. There are many ways to stimulate an acupoint other than a needle, just as there are many different strokes used in swimming. Acupuncture points may be stimulated without needles utilizing laser, electronic stimulation, percussive stimulation with the ArthroStim instrument or the “teishein” which is a Chinese instrument that has been used for centuries to effectively stimulate acupoints. A combination of these various methods may also be used with one another or in conjunction with needles.

Laser and electronic stimulation may be used separately or in combination with one another, as pictured above to treat acupoints.

The teishin instrument does not pierce the skin, and it has effectively been used for centuries to stimulate acupuncture points. (Pictured to the left.)

An acupuncture tip is attached to the ArthroStim instrument, which utilizes a percussive technique without needles that patients find comfortable and relaxing.

What types of needles are used?

We use ultra-fine, sterile needles that are disposable. Most people have encountered hypodermic needles and sewing needles. Both types are gigantic compared to the ones we use. In fact, five of our needles could easily fit inside a single hypodermic needle!

What does it feel like?

It depends on the particular technique used. Needles typically feel like a small prick or mosquito bite, however, some of our patients do not feel anything at all during the treatment. Non-needle techniques vary in sensation depending on the modality used, but can feel like a pressure, pulsing, tapping, percussion or nothing at all as with laser. Most patients experience a variety of post-session feelings, which range from energized to a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. Electronic stimulation may be used by itself for a needleless treatment or in conjunction with needles (as pictured to the right) to enhance the effect of treatment.

What conditions can be treated?

Acupuncture textbooks document over one hundred conditions that have been successfully treated with acupuncture. The World Health Organization has indicated that acupuncture can be used to effectively treat acute and chronic pain, migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, post-operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurological syndromes, and eye problems, etc. Acupuncture, however, has been known to be beneficial in the treatment of a multitude of other conditions.

Does Acupuncture sound interesting to you? Find out if this treatment will help you by calling 330-758-4446 today.


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