There are probably as many answers to this question as there are practitioners in this field.
I’ve talked to many, many acupuncture practitioners over the years and seen nearly every practice situation imaginable.
Every practitioner is unique, and the common theme among them all is a great desire to help people.
Sure, you can make a good living as an acupuncturist (if you approach it right), and you can earn respect from your patients; you can be highly regarded in the community. But in the end, the driving factor I see most often, even beyond praise and profit, is a simple desire to make people’s lives better.
Frankly, I can’t think of a more honorable and noble reason to go to work every day.
Just like every practitioner has a “why,” so should every business. After all, businesses are just made up of people who come together to work toward a common goal.
If the goal is only to make a profit, the business will lose its way in pursuit of the almighty dollar. On the other hand, if a business has a driving purpose, a passion that matters deeply and makes a difference to everyone who works there, great things can be accomplished for the company and for those it serves.
Here at Miridia Acupuncture Technology we’re animated by a desire to elevate acupuncture.
This is what drives us.
In the end YOU are the most important part.
With that in mind, all of us here at Miridia wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. As we pause and reflect on our list of blessings, we place each of you high on that list. We now have well over 7,000 individual customers and each of you is important to us and a vital partner in helping us reach or goal to elevate acupuncture.
Thank you for the excellent work you do!
May God bless you this season and always.
Dr. Adrian Larsen
Posted on 13:28, November 12th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Have you ever had trouble helping your patients understand Chinese Medicine?
TCM terminology doesn’t make sense to patients programmed to think in terms of Western medicine.
The ancient terms and concepts are important but often require an interpretation. That last thing you want to do is leave a patient confused.
A confused patient doesn’t come back!
What does Your Patient Need?
They need to SEE it! Don’t explain it to them–SHOW them! The patient wants to see logical, visual proof, in easy-to-understand reports.
Let’s put it this way. When your patient starts explaining to YOU what’s wrong, you’ll know two things:
• First, they’re totally on board with your treatment. They know they need you and they know why they need you.
What about Your Needs?
What helps a recent graduate become a Master Acupuncturist? Experience and applied knowledge! Being open to learn from experienced practitioners provides experience…faster.
Since the use of technology wasn’t taught in acupuncture school, many practitioners simply don’t pay attention to it. That changes when they realize, in this age of Google medicine, patients self-diagnose and trust technology to find and fix their problems.
Technology plays a vital role in today’s acupuncture practice.
Technology can enhance your skills and augment your wisdom. It’s like having an instant “2nd opinion.”
I think we’ve all learned by now that it’s NOT about the money – it’s about helping people.
That being said…if you can’t make a living in acupuncture, you can’t help as many people!
The right tools will help you succeed financially and create a rewarding practice.
Here are the facts: Practitioners who use AcuGraph:
How does AcuGraph help you reach these levels of success?
When you buy an AcuGraph system, you’re making an investment in your practice. Our support, training and coaching programs help you experience a quick return on your investment, and SHOW you, step by step how to do it.
Here are some of the Training options we give you:
We DON’T just want to sell you some equipment—We’re committed to your long-term success! We’ve been helping elevate acupuncture for more than 10 years. Our experience in practice building has given us the expertise needed to help you reach your goals.
Start by watching this video where you’ll find the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT principle of practice success:
Posted on 13:37, November 4th, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
“Evidence-based medicine.” Why is this such a common buzz phrase for modern acupuncturists? Have you been in social media acupuncture groups or to acupuncture symposiums lately?
Acupuncturists want it and patients demand it.
I don’t remember hearing much about it when I began my acupuncture journey 10 years ago. They didn’t really teach it in school.
The truth is—our medicine, in its traditional sense, lacks the ability to objectively demonstrate problems or track patient progress.
In the youth of my career, I was naive to the value of “Evidence-based Medicine.”
It wasn’t until I opened my own clinic that I started to become wise. Through the years I’ve learned that any successful clinic must have these two vital factors going for it.
1. Good skills. I list this first, because this is what most practitioners focus on. If you are great at what you do, your practice will thrive, right? The truth is, having good skills is only half the battle. You’ve got to have more…
2. Evidence-based Medicine. This is the foundation that makes your practice strong.
Let me explain what I mean. The following are three vital benefits of evidence based medicine that you can’t get from any other approach.
1. Powerful Patient education
As much as I’d like to, it’s impossible for me to explain the theories, conditions and symptoms of Chinese medicine to every patient that comes through the door. Not only is this not feasible, I don’t think the majority of patients want me to TRY to explain it all anyway.
In the end most patients just want to know two things.
1. That you know what’s wrong.
If you don’t have evidence to show these two things, patients will be less inclined to believe you.
I like to give the patient a general overview of channel theory, explaining that when energy isn’t flowing the way it needs to, symptoms develop in the body. I then point to the blockage on the AcuGraph report, and show them EXACTLY where the problem is.
This is HUGE!
How many patients finally come to you, desperate for a solution, after they have tried everything else? The AcuGraph report of findings is a BIG relief!
I explain that we will track their progress with follow-up graphs and always know exactly what is happening in their body. The patient leaves my office with confidence and trust that I understand their condition, and that I am going to solve their problem.
2. Better Treatment Plans
Many practitioners completely get the patient education part, but they have a hard time even imagining that AcuGraph can help them give a better treatment.
How do I know this? Because I doubted it too!
It took me awhile to realize what a valuable resource the recommended baseline treatment is in AcuGraph. Remember those tonificaiton and sedation points related to the Mother/Son/Grandmother you learned back in college? I’ll bet you memorized them to take your exams, but never used them in practice, right? Why do I make this assumption? Because my classmates and I never used them.
Well, let me tell you a secret. For more than a year, I never used the recommended points in AcuGraph.
Then I went to a training where I learned more about the Mother/Son/Grandmother relationship. A light bulb went on. “Hey—those are the tonification and sedation points AcuGraph recommends.”
I took a leap of faith and began adding AcuGraph recommended treatment points to my TCM protocols.
All of a sudden my patients started getting better twice as fast.
Amazing! If you own AcuGraph and haven’t learned the value of these points, I suggest you open your mind to new possibilities.
I’m a better practitioner when I incorporate the tonification and sedation points from AcuGraph. If you want to learn more about how this affected my practice, read this blog series: “I am Convinced”
3. Communication with Other Health Care Professionals
It’s typical for AcuGraph users to develop relationships with other healthcare practitioners in their communities and receive a regular flow of referrals. Why do you think this is?
AcuGraph gives you a greater ability to communicate with other healthcare professionals.
When you can show a before and after graph, PROVING that you are effective at getting results, other medical professionals will have great respect for the work you do.
Imagine this scenario:
After you’ve finished a series of treatments, you send a before and after graph showing marked improvement, to the referring health care professional—along with a simple note thanking them for trusting you to care for their patients and letting them know the outcome.
Do you think this healthcare provider will continue sending referrals to your office? Absolutely!
Some practitioners also use AcuGraph to communicate with insurance companies, sending AcuGraph scans in conjunction with treatment notes to show progress and prove the need for further care.
It’s not easy to communicate progress in traditional TCM terminology.
AcuGraph allows you to think TCM in your mind, yet communicate in a way patients and other health care practitioners can grasp.
I’ve learned a few things over the years. Skills improve with time, and the more patients you treat, the better you become. If you start with a strong foundation of evidence-based medicine, you’ll see more patients, improve your skills, and build a rock-solid foundation for your practice!
Talk to ya’ soon!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Posted on 09:00, October 31st, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
QUESTION: What do a microcurrent device, a laser, and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
Read on, and I’ll tell you!
Having NEVER given a massage before, and only received one massage in my life, I went to a hippie massage school in Santa Barbara, California–The School of Intuitive Massage and Healing. I was completely out of my comfort zone. Imagine “conservative mother of eight” going to massage school. The director of the school interviewed me to see if I would fit into their program by feeling the “energy” coming off the bottom of my feet. Apparently, my energy radiated “just far enough” for her to let me in.
Imagine the scenario:
Posted on 13:32, October 28th, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Do you play favorites? As a mother of nine—I’ve learned to be very careful about “playing favorites.” All my kids are different and I love them all.
You won’t catch me playing favorites when it comes to my kids! That would cause BIG problems.
But, can I tell you a secret? In my clinic, I have FAVORITE patients. Come on… Don’t judge. You’ve been there too! It’s hard not too right?
Some patients just have a way of wrapping themselves around your heart. You can’t help but have favorites!
My favorite patients are those who come in for monthly Wellness Care.
In today’s blog I’m going to teach you three things that transform an Acute Care Patient to a Wellness Care Patient (aka FAVORITE patient).
First, let’s talk about WHY it’s important to transform Acute Care Patients into Wellness Care Patients.
Take a look at this case of breast and lung cancer treatment!
Dr. Chris Teo, like so many of you, selflessly serves humanity by helping those who are perhaps beyond hope.
“When you are told that you have no hope,
A Case of Amazing Healing
EK (S-617) is a 62-year-old Indonesian. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Since the lump was too big, surgery was not indicated. EK had to undergo 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 35 times of radiation treatment. The lump in her breast became smaller.
EK was then prescribed Tamoxifen which she continued to take for 6 years! EK went to see her doctor every 6 months for routine checkup. Everything was okay. But in 2013, i.e. about 5 years later, EK had difficulty breathing. The doctor said there was fluid in her lungs but he did not say that it was a metastasis.
EK went to see another lung specialist who tapped out the fluid. This was done twice. In March 2014, EK was told that everything was good.
Unfortunately in July 2014, again there was fluid in her lung (picture below). EK had to do pleural tapping for the third time. Once again the doctor did not say it was a metastasis.
Not knowing what to do, EK and her daughter came to seek our help on 10 August 2014. She presented with the following:
Acugraph reading was made and the results (below) indicated high lung meridian energy, split SI, TE, LI and ST meridian energy. Her SP, KI and BL meridian energy was low.
EK was prescribed: Capsule A, C and D besides Breast M, Lung 1, Lung 2 and Lung Phlegm teas. For her stomach wind EK was asked to take Gastric Paste herb; and A-Kid-6 tea for her frequent urination at night.
EK decided to stop taking Tamoxifen and just relied on our herbs.
After taking the herbs for about 3 weeks, EK came back to see us again on 5 September 2014. Acugraph reading showed tremendous improvements in her energy meridian. All her meridian energy levels, except SI, were normal.
EK confirmed the following:
Listen to what she has got to say (Bahasa Indonesia) in the videos below.
It is our pleasure to provide the diagnostic equipment used by Dr. Teo and the CA Care center.
When the effectiveness of your treatments is scientifically documented you create a legacy that will build your practice and allow you to help more people.
Watch the AcuGraph demonstration video and see how it can help you: http://www.acugraph.com/demonstration/
Posted on 13:48, October 21st, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
A quick review: In Part 1 of this series I talked about Entry/Exit points, (the doorways that allow energy to move from one channel to the next. Click here if you missed it.)
Now let’s talk about measuring the channels.
When measuring the source points for an AcuGraph exam, many practitioners get stuck in the mode of measuring according to the “Textbook” location.
My advice? Stop that!
Now that you are done with exams, let’s move on and learn something better. Sometimes the energetic locations are slightly off what the text book tells you.
Here’s How I Know
Posted on 13:05, October 15th, 2014 by Dr. Larsen
Today I’m pleased to announce the First Place Winner of our Laser Case Study Contest!
There were lots of great entries, and deciding on the top 3 wasn’t easy – but here they are!
Third Place: “The Scar that Wouldn’t Heal” by Martha Hall, L.Ac.
Second Place: “She Walked without her Walking Sticks” by Debra M. Ashcraft, MD
First Place: “I Gave Her My Laser…You Would Have Too!” by Jackie Victor, BSc, DNM, R.Ac., N.D.
So what did they win?
Everyone who submitted a case study received a free Value Laser just for submitting (a $30 Value!) Thanks for submitting!
Our first-place winner will receive a QiPulse/QiCalm red and blue laser set, along with two sets of safety glasses.
That’s a $420 value! Congratulations Jackie.
Enjoy her entry!
by Jackie Victor, BSc, DNM, R.Ac., N.D. http://www.focus-sante1.com/
Severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts
This 16-year-old male patient has had several bouts of severe depression and anxiety during his young life, to the point of suicidal thoughts.
The mother called me at home (during my daughter’s high school graduation family celebration supper) in tears. Her son was so severely depressed he hadn’t come out of his room for days and was refusing any type of treatment. She was fearful he was becoming suicidal again.
He finally relented and told her he would accept one acupuncture treatment if I went to their house NOW…so I excused myself from our guests, picked up my Red and Blue lasers, Stimulus Pro, needles and other supplies and was there in a flash.
Laser Treatment: 20 seconds per point.
THEN, I left my lasers with the mother and told her to treat the exact same points I had treated on his body with the lasers (I gave her clear instructions) and do the same for the Auriculo treatment.
She was to treat him every day until I could see him again in a few weeks. (I was leaving on vacation and hoped he would see me upon my return).
1 WEEK LATER the mother posted a picture of her son on Facebook…I was so relieved I had tears of joy. He was feeling so much better he decided to create a costume and participate in an Anime event in another city with his friends!
I bumped into the mother the other day at our local Natural Foods store…the other customers probably wondered what all the hugging, high 5’s and animated talk about the wonders of acupuncture and lasers were…but that’s OK, that happens when you have amazing tools to work with!
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Products used in this case study are listed below. Click on the Image to learn more.
Today I’m pleased to announce the 2nd Place Winner of our Laser Case Study Contest.
So what did they win?
Everyone who submitted a case study received a free Value Laser just for submitting (a $30 Value!) Thanks for submitting.
Our first-place winner will receive a QiPulse/QiCalm red and blue laser set, along with two sets of safety glasses. That’s a $420 value!
We’ll post the 1st Place Winner next week. Last week we sent out the 3rd Place case study.
Today, I’m pleased to present the Second Place winner! It’s given in two parts, below. Enjoy.
Posted on 08:00, October 4th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
I was talking with some friends recently and one of them said he read there are many different types of oriental medicine. He was confused as to the difference and wondered which method is the most effective.
So let me ask YOU - How many different types of Traditional Chinese Medicine are there?
Are you a TCM practitioner? Is your specialty Herbs, 5 Element, Meridian Balancing?
This conversation reminded me of Dr. Jake Fratkin and his story of how he combined various aspects of TCM to create an effective practice.
Many of you may already be familiar with Dr. Jake Fratkin, however, for those of you who aren’t, let me tell you a little about him.
Dr. Jake Paul Fratkin is a a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He has been in practice for 33 years, and specializes in Japanese meridian balance acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
He follows evidence-based Functional Medicine, with its emphasis on physiology, biochemistry, laboratory testing and the use of nutritional medicine. In all respects, he is a practitioner of natural and alternative medicine. He specializes in internal disorders, infections and pediatrics.
Because natural medicine promotes healing rather than control or suppression of symptoms, his success rate in general is 85% or higher. The internal disorders that he treats include respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, skin problems, allergies, fatigue and low immune function.
He also treats cancer patients for the side effects of medical therapy, and to enhance immune function and vitality.
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac. trained in Korean and Japanese acupuncture since 1975, and Chinese herbal medicine since 1982. He spent a year in Beijing hospitals specializing in internal disorders and pediatrics.
Dr. Fratkin is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, The Clinical Desk Reference, a compendium of 1250 Chinese herbal products available in the United States, and the editor-organizer of Wu and Fischer’s Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Paradigm Publications, 1997.
He is the originator and program director for the Chinese herbal medicine programs at Bastyr University, Seattle (1984-1986), and Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe (1986-1990).
Now that you know a little about him I want to share with you an excerpt from his seminar. Click on the Video below to watch the 6 minute segment. It’ll be well worth your time.
In the video, he makes a number of BOLD statements regarding the nature of TCM.
The Meridian diagnostic equipment he uses, recommends, and is demonstrating is the AcuGraph System.
His complete training program can be purchased for online streaming or we’ll send DVDs. By the way, you receive 12 CEUs with the completion of Dr. Fratkin’s course…which is awesome!
Here’s the link: Clinical Applications of Meridian Diagnostics
I’d like to know YOUR thoughts regarding his comments and what YOU specialize in.
Share your comments below.
Alan Gifford, MS
We had wonderful responses to our laser case study contest, and I’m pleased to announce the winners. There were lots of great entries, and deciding on the winners wasn’t easy. But Kimberly made me buy her lunch, we talked it over, (OK, even argued a bit) and came up with three truly outstanding cases.
Here they are:
Third Place: The Scar that Wouldn’t Heal by Martha Hall, L.Ac.
Second Place: She Walked without her Walking Sticks by Debra M. Ashcraft, MD
First Place: I Gave Her My Laser…You Would Have Too! by Jackie Victor, BSc, DNM, R.Ac., N.D.
So what did they win?
Posted on 08:00, September 27th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Here’s a quick summary of the excellent posts this week
Click the pictures below to see the videos or articles. Enjoy!
Video Excerpts from Wednesday’s Blog!
Qi and Archery – A powered Bridge!
Qi in the Hands – Feel it through WHATEVER tool you use!
Do kids love acupuncture? Yes they do!
Kids respond really well to acupuncture and there are so many tools and techniques available.
If you want to grow a thriving practice, which includes kids–you’ve gotta meet my friend and colleague Robin Green, L.Ac. She is AMAZING with kids.
Lucky for you, she is teaching her newest Pediatric Essentials class and it begins next week.
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Click the Pic and check it out! Class starts Monday the 29th!
Do you feel confident treating kids?
Robin Green, L.Ac., pediatric specialist, is teaching her Pediatric Essentials Online course starting next week.
She shares a ton of information on this link. Videos, testimonials, etc.
How fun is this?
Recently I did an interview with Robin Green. We had such a great time talking about kids. I shared some great stories on how I use Laser and Stimplus Pro to treat kids in my own clinic.
I share how I’ve learned to feel “Qi” in my own hands, while using these devices.
We had a great time!
Click the Pic to watch the interview. Don’t have time? Watch it on your Lunch break!
Acupuncture Doesn’t Have to Hurt!
Not for Kids or Adults.
There are so many FUN ways to help children feel better!
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Click the Pic and register…class starts Monday the 29th!
What does it take to be an awesome Pediatric Acupuncturist?
The right tools! Here’s what you need…
#1: Pediatric Essentials Class with Robin Green, L.Ac.
Do you have ALL the tools you need to be successful?
Here is a picture of one of our very own AcuGraph owners doing great things in her practice @Acupuncture Physicians Group in Sarasota, FL. Great job Kim Bociek, AP!
Robin’s class starts on Monday the 29th.
It all starts with training, so don’t miss out on this VERY IMPORTANT tool for your pediatric success.
Posted on 13:04, September 26th, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
She’s 5 and LOVES acupuncture!
Are you treating kids in your clinic? I don’t run a full-on pediatric clinic, but I do treat kids fairly often. If you are treating mom’s in your clinic, I suggest you prepare yourself to treat kids too. Kid’s will eventually show up. Are you ready for them?
If not, I’ve got a great solution for you.
Back by popular demand:
My friend Robin Green, L.Ac–Acupuncture Pediatric Specialist–is offering her Pediatric Essentials class again.
It’s an amazing opportunity but you have to act quickly because the LAST DAY for registration is Monday, September 29–which is NEXT WEEK.
Instead of me giving you a whole list of what you will learn in Robin’s class, let me share my personal experience.
So what are you waiting for? Click on the link below and see for yourself.
Robin has a TON of information to help you make your decision. At the top of her page you can watch a video to preview the first segment of the class. This is a great opportunity to see her great teaching in action! (A “try before you buy” kinda thing…)
A few more bits of helpful information:
You can take the course at your own pace, from HOME, without the extra expense of traveling.
It’s a great way to get 15 CEUs put away (CA and NCCAOM approved).
You have six months to complete it.
AND–you can do it on a payment plan!
There’s not much more to say. If you’re treating kids or want to treat kids in your clinic, this class is a MUST! Click below for all the details.
I’ll see you on MONDAY in school!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Posted on 09:00, September 23rd, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Robin Green is doing it
As you may remember, last year I had the opportunity to take Robin Green’s Pediatric Essentials class. I learned so much! Apparently, I’m not the only one. The class was so popular that practitioners have begged her to do it again!
This class is a MUST have for anyone who wants to treat kids–whether full time or occasionally.
You will love Robin’s approach to treatment. She 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.
Posted on 14:07, September 18th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
One or our Facebook followers posted the following experience dealing with Back Pain. We love hearing these stories…and will certainly share them with the world (with permission of course).
Like us on Facebook to see posts like those on the right…and share YOUR experience!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing an experience sent in by Cris Longacre L.Ac.
“I’ve gotta tell you, I’m here in Florida on a family emergency. I flew out of the house to run to Florida and only had time to grab my StimPlus Pro ear acupuncture machine and go!
The patient is a hospital administrator and had never tried acupuncture. I used the StimPlus and Auriculotherapy to completely eliminate her sciatic pain that has been present for the past 8 months. This was quickly done by treating the active points in her ears.
She is now a total believer and thinks I am a miracle worker. The truth is, I know I was using a great tool. Practitioners need to understand how different the StimPlus Pro really is.
I’ve bought several stimulators over the years but this one really works with amazing results and ease of use. I have purchased units that were WAY more expensive and they never worked well. This one is so easy to use. I’ll never go anywhere without it again.
I also want to thank you for all the education and public awareness you provide. It has really helped me expand the services I offer and reach new patients.
I recently bought AcuGraph and I’m very pleased with it and learning to use it. It closely matches my more traditional 5 element style Akabane testing and pulse diagnosis, plus people love the visuals. Thank you and keep up the great work!”
Cris Longacre, L.Ac.
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