In 1951, Dr.Yoshio Nakatani MD, PhD developed a method of examining the meridian system of the body through electronic measurements that altered the way acupuncture would be practiced throughout Japan, Europe, Australia and North America.
Dr. Nakatani called this method Ryodoraku: Ryo (good), do (electro-conductive), raku (meridian). After electronically measuring the meridians, the exam results were manually calculated using a staggered numbering system for graphing. His pioneering research and development of Ryodoraku would become international within 25 years of it's discovery.
The method of Ryodoraku was refined and renamed Electro Meridian Imaging ™ or EMI ™ by
Dr. John A. Amaro in 1982. Among the many reasons for the new term Electro Meridian Imaging ™ :
- It more accurately described the testing procedure.
- It standardized the evaluation and graphing of the Yuan (Source) points and established 200 micro amps as the high value for each meridian being tested.
- It gave the procedure a contemporary, descriptive term for today's patients.
- It gave the procedure a more medically acceptable term.
This system of Contemporary Acupuncture Diagnosis ™ and EMI ™ has revolutionized the way acupuncture is being practiced by both medical practitioners and traditionally trained acupuncturists worldwide. EMI ™ is reliable; duplicable; easy to learn and employ. The exam may be accomplished in less than three minutes and may be performed by either a doctor or a trained technician.
Referrals for Electro Meridian Imaging ™ for can be numerous to overwhelming. The typical Western minded patient exhibits much more confidence in this contemporary, digitally electronic, software based style of examination than ancient pulse diagnosis.
It allows the patient to take home a printed copy of their graphic interpretation, as well as diagnostic criteria. In addition, a copy of involved meridians may be printed, or a copy of specific points that the patient may use at home to accelerate clinical response and healing.