Acupressure Diagnosis (APD)
Doctor – reflexologist Andrei Titarchuk
The essence of the method is to determine painful points, zones, on the basis of which, the selection of exposure points. Based on the points of classical Chinese acupuncture, the diagnostic system of Manaka. APD does not exclude the use of conventional acupuncture diagnostics, but can be a good complement and clarification of the diagnosis.
By the method of Manak, skin hypersensitivity and pressure sensitivity of the points proposed by him, and described by A.M. Ovechkin, are investigated. The results obtained are evaluated by 4 degrees of sensitivity, namely:
Skin hypersensitivity and pressure sensitivity. Skin hypersensitivity decreases, pressure sensitivity persists. If the above reactions were observed on one side of the body, then they become bilateral. Due to the progression of organic changes in the corresponding organs, skin hypersensitivity and sensitivity to pressure disappear, in addition, pathological loss of muscle tone is detected, and the muscles in the area of the back-and-forth points of the back become tense.
The difference of my diagnostic system from the Manak system is that:
Palpation is used not of the points proposed by Manak (which do not always coincide with MO and SH-points), but SH-points, MU-points of classical acupuncture, U-SIN points, as well as points located on the head. Using this technique, it is possible not only to diagnose the functioning of organs and systems of the body, the state of 12 channels, transverse lo, wonderful channels, but also to prescribe treatment (selection of exposure points). To evaluate the dynamics of treatment (taking into account the principle that with the right treatment, the number of pain points will decrease), make a prognosis of the course of the disease, increase the effectiveness of therapy using corporal acupuncture, etc. Palpation of the points of the Manak system does not allow to accurately determine the condition of the channels or organs, because the point will be painful, both with an excess, and with a lack of appropriate channels. To determine this, research is needed on the channel itself, and its relationship with other systems. No one will contradict the fact that correct and accurate diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. The principle of any acupuncture diagnosis should be reduced to the choice of the point of exposure, and the more accurate and holistic the doctor’s idea of the condition of the patient’s internal organs and systems (normal channels, wonderful channels, etc.), the more accurate the choice of the place of exposure will be.
Existing research methods (pulse diagnostics, Fol, Ryodoraku, etc.) require a material base (device), or are very cumbersome and difficult to use (pulse diagnostics in the volume that traditional Chinese medicine offers), and the selection of points for Therapy, most often empirical, does not always represent a certain system, therefore it is difficult to assimilate by a doctor. Using the proposed system simplifies the diagnosis, and hence the interpretation of the data obtained during the study, and allows for systematic selection of points, which is not described by the Manaka system.
I have conducted a study of the effectiveness of treatment, using the methods of acupressure diagnosis (APD), and treatment using other methods of acupuncture diagnosis (Nakatani, Akabane, etc.). The study was carried out for 2 years. Patients age from 17 to 45 years in the treatment of pathology: gastrointestinal tract (gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer, colitis, non-calculous cholecystitis), various types of NCD, kidney disease, spinal disease (osteochondrosis), etc. 84 patients underwent APD, followed by treatment with corporal acupuncture, as well as a control group of patients — 46 people who were diagnosed using the methods of Ryodoraku, Akabana, etc., who also received treatment with classical acupuncture. In the first group of patients – in 60 people, which is 71%, a stable remission was achieved (1 year history of catanosis). 14 people (16%) showed a significant improvement in well-being, but there were complaints of a deterioration in well-being during seasonal exacerbations, the majority of these patients were people over the age of 40 years and with a history of illness more than 5 years in history. And 10 people, also discharged with improvement, but the catamnesis was not collected. Moreover, the number of procedures was reduced from 10-12 to 5-7 (an average of 6). The criterion for completing the procedures (reconvalescence) was considered to be the absence of patient complaints, as well as points detected by the ADF. At the same time, studies were conducted: FGDS, ECG, ultrasound of internal organs (liver, pancreas, kidneys, etc.), which also established either an improvement in the state of the body or a complete cure. No further medical treatment was required. Also, there was a change in the sensitivity of patients with gastrointestinal diseases to certain foods.