Have you ever heard of Dr. Richard Yennie? I bet many of you have, and those of you who haven’t may be surprised to find major parts of your acupuncture lineage traced back through this amazing man.
Dr. Yennie was a friend, mentor, and teacher to thousands in the acupuncture profession and a benefactor and ardent supporter of acupuncture in America. He was also my friend. He passed away October 11, 2013 at age 85.
Who was Richard Yennie?
Richard was a typical American kid, who became fascinated with all things asian as a young man. He learned Japanese as a teenager and ended up serving as a military translator in Japan in the aftermath of World War II. While there, he also studied Judo, and was injured in a Judo match. After weeks in a military hospital with no improvement, Richard’s Judo instructor brought in an acupuncturist to treat Richard. (Because acupuncture had been outlawed by General McArthur, the acupuncturist smuggled the needles in the sleeve of his kimono.) Richard responded to the acupuncture treatment and was out of the hospital in a few days.
This experience planted the seed that would ultimately change acupuncture in America forever.
After his military service, Richard taught and practiced martial arts, opening several schools. But he felt his true calling was in healthcare. Because there were no acupuncture schools in America in those days, he enrolled in chiropractic school, it being the closest related field he could find. He opened his private practice in 1961.
In 1968, Dr. Yennie founded the Acupuncture Society of America, which was the first professional acupuncture association in the USA (NCCAOM was founded in 1982.) During the 1960s and 1970s Dr. Yennie brought in the best teachers and healers from China, Japan, and Korea to teach acupuncture classes to healthcare professionals in the chiropractic, medical, osteopathic and veterinary fields. This was before there were any professional acupuncture laws or licensing in any U.S. state.
In 1974, Dr. Yennie testified before the Nevada state legislature as an expert consultant to help establish the first acupuncture practice law in the U.S. Many other states followed, and many consulted with Dr. Yennie in crafting their laws.
As you might imagine, Dr. Yennie also treated numerous celebrities and government officials (including a U.S. president) at his Kansas City clinic. His fame spread far and wide, and he received every award imaginable, including Acupuncturist of the year and Chiropractor of the year from his colleagues in professional associations. Fluent in Japanese and Mandarin, he led numerous study trips to China to help practitioners enrich their acupuncture understanding.
He actively taught acupuncture classes for nearly 40 years, blessing the lives of thousands of practitioners, and likely millions of patients. He also continued to practice acupuncture and chiropractic all the way to the end. “Retire?” he would say, “NO, re-FIRE!” He never lost the fire and love of helping others and teaching acupuncture.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Dr. Yennie, almost singlehandedly, introduced professional acupuncture into the U.S. and ensured its growth and survival. His efforts and classes predate every acupuncture school in this country. He truly is the Father of Acupuncture in the U.S.
How my Friend Richard Saved AcuGraph
Posted on 05:00, November 21st, 2013 by Dr. Larsen
You probably didn’t realize it, but you were the subject of an experiment.
When we first released our new QiCalm lasers, the whole notion of a sedation laser was so “outside the box” that I really had no idea if anyone would buy them.
True blue lasers are so rare to begin with, and nobody’s really heard about laser sedation yet. This is cutting edge, which means I had to take a risk.
So I only ordered 100 of the lasers from our supplier, just to see what would happen.
Little did I expect the response! We sold all 100 lasers in just over 24 hours, and I was caught with my pants down, waiting for my supplier to produce more of these very specialized lasers, which I couldn’t get nearly fast enough. For the past 8 months this is how it’s been…Every order that we receive is sold out within days!
The real question of the experiment isn’t how quickly the lasers sell; it’s how well they work in YOUR practice. So here are some actual results reported by actual users:
As an example, think about light. Its opposite is darkness, which is really just the absence of light. But we wouldn’t know how to recognize darkness if we never saw light.
Similarly, wet and dry are opposites, but they are really just the presence or absence of water. And if we had never experienced water, we wouldn’t know we were dry.
Opposites are important, even vital to all elements of life and learning. Without opposites, there is no growth or understanding. To put it simply, a fish doesn’t know he’s wet.
Back to Chinese Medicine. Here are a few you’ll recognize:
• Excess and Deficiency
Opposites in Balance
Yesterday I had an interesting patient. I’ve treated medial epicondylitis (also known as golfer’s elbow) many times before.
This patient presented with excruciating pain in BOTH elbows. He works as a wheel repair specialist, using air driven power tools causing repetitive motion and vibration, which constantly attacks the muscular attachments in his elbows.
He literally had to close down his shop because he couldn’t work. Someone told him acupuncture might help, thus he called me.
the first three steps, I asked him to move his elbows in a way that would recreate his pain. He told me his pain was down some, but not much.
Here’s what I did next. Pay close attention here. This is the part that SEALED the DEAL and tied up any loose ends after treatment.
BONUS: I also put seeds on the back of the ear to match the points that I put on the front. If you treat points on the front of the ear, you are dealing with bones, tendons and ligaments. If you mirror those points on the back of the ear, you are treating the musculature.
Next, I advised my patient to press on the ear seeds at home each time the pain comes back.
This is important.
The patient gives himself a mini-treatment at home to re-open the channels each time the body tries to return to its old blockage.
We set him up for a second appointment two days later.
Here’s the fun part. My patient called the next morning and had this to say…
“I couldn’t have expected to have this great of results with one treatment. I’ve had a 75% reduction in pain. I don’t know how they work, but those ear seeds are AMAZING!”
I just giggled and told him I was happy he is doing so well.
So, let me ask you an important question…Was it the ear seeds (also known as radish seeds) that made this treatment work so well?
Anyone can put ear seeds on an ear, right?
Here’s the answer…
Sure the seeds helped…but knowing where to stick them is the real value.
It’s the tools I used to help me KNOW where to put the seeds that made it great!
Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my job??? Well I do!!!
If your not using Stimplus Pro with Auriculo 3D in your office, you’re really missing out on some amazing success stories in your practice, just like I see in mine!
Have a great weekend.
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology In
We’ve spent the last several weeks talking about the AcuGraph. Today, I’m going in a different direction. I’d like to know if you’ve used a hand-held electrical point stimulator?
As you can see…I’ve tried more than a few! Each device tries to do things a little differently…yet they all fall short of the StimPlus Pro. Trust me, if any of them were better…we’d be selling it!
If Auriculotherapy wasn’t your specialty in school, you may be wondering how effective can it be? Let me assure you…it is a powerful therapy. Here’s a short list of the things you can treat:
Posted on 05:30, November 7th, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Sorry…I just can’t help it! I feel like a kid. I’m so excited; I just can’t keep it in!
As you know, I run my own practice, along with my research at Miridia Technology. I don’t have a specific pediatric specialty clinic. I don’t direct my marketing towards kids.
In fact, I don’t even have toys in my waiting room. But–I do have kids that I treat on a somewhat regular basis, simply because I treat at lot of their parents and grandparents.
You’ve all heard about the law of attraction, right? Here’s a quote to think about…
“Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting.” ~The Secret
Posted on 05:30, November 1st, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE learning new things. The other thing everyone knows about me is that when I learn something new, I LOVE to share it with others.
Well, as you may have predicted, I’m really excited to tell you about a course that I’m taking online right now with Pediatric Specialist, Robin Green, L.Ac. Robin incorporates AcuGraph, Lasers and the Stimplus in her diagnostic and treatment strategies for children. Robin has been treating children since 2003. She has the gift of working with children. And lucky for us, she will be sharing all the ins and outs of treating kids with acupuncture.
“If you want to feel more confident when you’re working with kids – it’s totally possible.” Robin Green, L.Ac.
The class is interactive, which means we can ask questions and share experiences with the group. I really like the courses so far, and I’ll be very active in the discussion forums as we all learn and share together.
Posted on 05:30, October 29th, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Last week we discussed ADD/ADHD from a TCM pattern perspective. Here’s the link in case you missed it. ADD/ADHD Case Study–Part 1
As a quick review, we learned that the main TCM patterns related to ADD/ADHD are:
Today we will analyze the graph of an ADD/ADHD child–and I’ll show you how AcuGraph has been “kid tested and mother approved” in my very own acupuncture clinic.
• Emotions: Frustration, worse in the morning; parents have to constantly push, which leads to yelling. Occasional panic attacks. Holds emotions in and then screams into his pillow as an outlet. Better if he can run or ride his horse.
Chief complaint: ADD
I’m going to walk you through my own thinking process when I’m looking at a graph for a new patient. I’ll also alert you to things I’m seeing in the graph, which lead me to ask further questions.
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In a hurry? You can see AcuGraph and meet Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac. this weekend at the Pacific Symposium!
Just a quick note to let you know we still have a small number of AcuGraph Demo Systems available. These are like-new systems with full warranties that were used for marketing and demonstration purposes. We can’t sell them as new, so we discount them and YOU win!
It’s a great chance to save a bundle on your AcuGraph system, but you’ll have to hurry! These always sell out quickly. Click below to learn more!
Posted on 06:00, October 17th, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Because I have 9 kids, I was sure when I started a practice, my focus would be on children and pregnant women–since I’ve obviously had so much experience with each.
Have you ever seen or heard of Alex?
I met him in my first semester at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. He arrived on his motorcycle with a leather backpack, straggly curly hair, mega tattoos, and cowboy boots.
When I heard he was one of the founders of our school, and the most popular pediatric acupuncturist in the nation, I was shocked. He just didn’t look like a kid friendly kind of guy.
Once I met him, it didn’t take long for me to realize why kids love him. He’s real.
He talks about snot, diarrhea, vomit, and temper tantrums just like a kid would–facial expressions and all. Eventually, I learned he’s a genius when it comes to kids. Alex taught me that everyone should have his/her own style.
Posted on 05:30, October 15th, 2013 by Dr. Larsen
How do you view AcuGraph?
If you’re like most acupuncturists, you probably started out with quite a bit of skepticism. And you should.
So today, I’ve got a bit of a funny story for you. We hired Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac. nearly 4 years ago to help with some research projects we were doing. At the time, she liked the job but she was very much NOT convinced about AcuGraph. Funny how that changed over time!
She went from viewing AcuGraph as a “fun toy” to an indispensable part of her treatment strategy. Here’s the video of her story:
Kimberly’s case studies have now become some of our most popular blog posts. She shares her expertise in graph analysis with acupuncturists around the world. Why? Because she is passionate about her work and has learned how to become successful by incorporating modern technology into her acupuncture clinic.
In Kimberly’s own words:
Posted on 05:30, October 10th, 2013 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
It’s common to hear that this is one of the reasons so many practitioners are attracted to AcuGraph in the first place.
Marketing is more than advertising. It is the management of the patient experience. Today, I want you to see how AcuGraph helps you manage the patient experience and ties it all together!
Here are the 5 Key Ingredients of a successful practice, and how AcuGraph can help you market each step along the way.
Are you doing these already?
Posted on 01:30, October 6th, 2013 by Dr. Larsen
I’ve been spending some time lately reading various acupuncture blogs, news lists, and forums. (Do you do that too?) There’s lots of great information out there and much to be learned. As you might guess, posts about technology in acupuncture always catch my eye and I especially like to see how other practitioners integrate technology into their acupuncture practices.
After years of watching this topic, I’ve noticed that opinions really fall into three categories. But I’ve also noticed a certain trend about these categories you might find interesting. Of course, this is completely non-scientific and really just my opinion, but I want to know what you think of it. So here are the opinion groups:
1. Acupuncture and technology should NEVER mix. These are the purists who not only disagree with the use of modern tools, but often are actually offended that such tools even exist. “The ancient Chinese had only pulses and needles, and doggone it, that’s all I need.” (I never mention to them that those needles were stone, and now we use stainless steel. I don’t want to start a fight.) Believe it or not, this attitude is often prevalent among students–I’m guessing because they are so steeped in the basics they’re learning in school. Regardless, this is a group I find perplexing because they embrace technology in all other areas of life. I mostly just consider them devoted, but misguided.
2. Acupuncture tools are really just Toys. This group accepts the “gadgets” as they call them, but only as show and tell items to impress patients. All the serious work is still done with pulse, tongue and books. Having a few gadgets may help out now and then, and they’re OK to play with, but that’s not real acupuncture. This group gets my attention for two reasons. First, the “gadgets” cost the same whether you treat them as toys or tools. And second, this group tends to like the gadgets and buy more of them, all the while considering them not serious parts of practice. Some of our customers fall into this category.
3. Acupuncture is enhanced by modern technology. This group buys and uses the “gadgets” as tools–making them an integral and important part of practice. This group tends to appreciate and understand the ancient wisdom, but also recognizes the value of modern technology in guiding treatment decisions and making important information more accessible. This group tends to have a very broad scope of practice to match their broad-minded approach to healthcare.
Now, I told you that to tell you this (and I want your opinion):
Posted on 05:30, October 4th, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Are you utilizing auricular therapy in your practice all of the time? If not, you are missing out on some amazing success stories! I get phone calls and e-mails from practitioners, almost on a daily basis, with questions and success stories regarding auricular therapy treatment.
The results that our users are getting from auricular treatment are absolutely amazing!
I have used auricular therapy in my practice over the years, but lately I have begun using it with almost every patient. I get so many phone calls from practitioners who are getting great results, that I decided to utilize it with every treatment and see what would happen.
My experiences have been OUTSTANDING!