Ryodoraku is based on the ancient TaoistChinese medical theory of Five Elements/Phases. The primary goal of Ryodoraku is to balance the Qi (prounced "chee") which is the body's "bio-energy" or life force, according to traditional Chinese medical perspecitives. According to Western medical perspecitive it is achieving homeostasis, which is balance in the autonomic nervous system. As long as an individual's Qi is freely flowing in the body and is properly balanced that individual will be in a state of good health (homeostasis). When the Qi, or autonomic nervous system, is out of balance, an individual is more susceptible to illness.

Ryodoraku was initially developed in modern times by a medical doctor, Dr. Yoshio Nakatani, in Japan, at a medical university, based on both Eastern and Western theories.

The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the status of your meridians. Different points on your hands and feet are touched to check the balance of your Qi. If blockage is found in your meridian pathways, better decisions can be made on how to restore energetic balance and proper energy flow to these meridians, thus allowing your body to function normally and return to homeostasis.