Posted on 13:09, April 8th, 2014 by Dr. Larsen
I get lots of questions about when to use a blue laser and when to use red. These are important questions because the right laser color has a huge effect on the outcome. You want to get this one right. So here’s a quick guide and some answers to common questions:
635 nM (RED):
450 nM (BLUE):
The shorthand rule of thumb, is what I call the rule of opposites. In general, heat is red and cool is blue. Now think about inflammation. Red, painful, swollen, excess. Treat with the opposite of red, which is blue.
On the other hand, think about deficiency. Cold, damp, chronic. Treat with red. Got it?
Do I need both the RED and BLUE lasers?
Obviously, your toolbox is more complete with both. Tonifying and sedating are both important principles of acupuncture.
If I’m only going to have one laser, which should I get?
If you are only going to get one laser, I would go with red. I’ve been using the red for years and had great results in all kinds of situations. And it seems that tonification may be applicable a little more often than sedation. This is also good news because the red laser is the less expensive of the two. However, if you can swing it, I really recommend both.
Is there ever a situation when I would use both lasers on a single point?
Nope. It’s one or the other. Does the point need tonification or sedation? If you can’t decide, use red.
Which laser is best for auriculotherapy?
See the comments above. Are you treating an acute or a chronic condition? Select your color accordingly.
Can I use the laser for _____________condition?
Yes. You can use the laser for any meridian treatment in acupuncture. The only caveats are to never use either laser near the eyes or directly on a cancerous area.
Both of our lasers are class IIIa lasers, which puts them into a category that does not make safety glasses mandatory. However, out of an abundance of caution, and to promote respect for the treatment, we advise the use of glasses. For added convenience, we offer a single lens that protects against both wavelengths.
How long should I treat a point?
I recommend about 15-20 seconds per point, for both blue and red lasers. This is not a high-power approach with the intent of depositing as much energy as possible in the point. Rather, it is a low-level approach, designed to move chi and activate the meridian’s natural action. High power is not required.
OK, that should help sort things out! Remember, we’re always glad to answer questions. And if you’re looking for high-quality acupuncture lasers, just click on the set below for more information.
Posted on 09:37, April 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Larsen
I’ve always been fascinated by lasers. (LASER vs. LED) So it was no surprise 14 years ago, when I received an assignment to write about a current breakthrough for my college physics class, I chose to write about blue lasers.
I still have that paper, and I pulled it out today just for the sheer nostalgia of considering how I ended up developing blue lasers for acupuncture.
The year was 2000, and the blue laser was the holy grail of the technology industry. An unknown researcher at an obscure Japanese chemical company had just rocked the technology world by creating a commercially viable, solid-state blue laser–at least 3 years ahead of his much-better-funded competitors. The technology world was both amazed and elated.
Why was it such a big deal? Well, it all really started with movies.
Posted on 06:30, April 1st, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
At the end of February I mentioned that Robin Green had scheduled a new Pediatric course for the Spring. Can you believe that it’s already here!
I want to remind you that the course is starting!!!
You’ve got until the 14th to participate…but sign up for her online course this week!
This Friday Robin and I are providing you a FREE one hour Case Studies discussion and webinar preview! It’s FREE – Everyone can join in!
In this hour, we’ll answer your questions about AcuGraph Pediatric case studies, graph analysis and how it pertains to your treatment of Autism and attention disorders.
We want to make sure you can apply what you’’ll learn in the course to help kids! That’s why we’re offering this special discussion.
Robin truly wants to make sure you can apply what you’ve learned in her course to help these kids!
If you can’t make it to the live call – don’t worry! Robin will send you the recording so you can listen at your convenience, but ONLY if you sign up by April 3rd.
Posted on 10:50, March 18th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
When you were in school how much money did you imagine you’d be making per year? Are you making that much now? If you’re like most health care professionals, you left college with a mountain of debt, fully confident you’d easily make enough money to cover the payments. Did it work out like you thought?
The harsh reality is that building a successful practice is not easy!
In our last survey we asked the question: “What are 3 challenges you face in your practice?” We summarized the responses and came up with the top 10.
Top 10 Problems For Acupuncturists
Posted on 08:00, March 15th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Does that title sound like a BIG promise?
I hope so…because it is! Our LIVE seminars are designed to give you tons of usable content on a variety of topics.
When you listen to someone who is able to speak to YOU and YOUR situation, it’s natural that you would want to hear more from that person.
So, why do we hesitate to commit our time and money for this kind of intimate training?
Ask anyone why they don’t like going to seminars and their reply will often be something like this: “I don’t have the time” or “I can learn all of this on my own.”
You’re Right…it’s True.
You ARE very busy and you CAN learn much of this on your own. But the question is: Will You? Will you make the effort to learn, grow and change on your own? Admit it, sometimes we feel like there are things we’re missing…right? We worry that we are being left behind or worse, left out!
Think about it.
If a speaker just spewed information for 2, 4 or 8 hours and then said, “Well, good luck with that. Hope I got it all out and hope you took good notes,” what would you think? You would leave feeling frustrated RIGHT?
A good seminar speaker will always give you tons of content and then help you APPLY it, so you retain the information. They will also provide you another way to get even more.
If you’ve been steering clear of seminars lately, here are some of the top reasons why you should attend this seminar.
1. Learn new information from the presenters
Questions This Seminar will Answer
•What is Ryodoraku Acupuncture, and why should I care?
•What research supports the accuracy of meridian imaging?
•How did Ryodoraku begin? What methods did the founders use?
•What are the best exam types and techniques?
•How do I interpret the AcuGraph results and formulate a treatment plan?
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac
•How do I look at a graph and relate that to my TCM training?
•Can TCM pattern differentiation help me better understand graph results?
•What are the Mental and Emotional factors relating to imbalances?
•How do symptoms correlate with Dia Mai imbalances?
•I need advanced graph analysis. Can we review cases?
•Will you show me, hands-on, how to apply all of this information?
Alan Gifford, MS, Practice Coach
•Marketing basics: What achieves success? What wastes my money?
•How can I retain my patients and build a wellness practice?
•Is my website adequate?
•I want an email promotion campaign that works! Will you teach me how to start one?
•How should I use Social Media? Can it help my practice? Does it take a lot of time?
It’s allergy season–or at least it is here in Idaho where we’ve been enjoying an early Spring. And even though major portions of the United States are still under snow, allergy season will be hitting there soon as well.
My first reminder came when my daughter told me she thought she was having allergy symptoms. “Oh really?” I asked. “What’s wrong?”
Her reply, “My throat is sore and my ears are itching on the inside.” Hmmm. Itching ears “on the inside.” Yep, sounds like allergies to me.
So what do you do for allergies in your office? There are a number of nutritional, pharmaceutical, and natural approaches. Perhaps you’re already using acupuncture to help your allergy patients. But today, in honor of my daughter’s “itchy ears” I want to focus on Auriculotherapy.
Posted on 15:21, March 8th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
With an early spring upon us here in Idaho, we’re already looking forward to the BIG event of the summer.
Were pleased to announce our 2014 Live Digital Meridian Imaging training!
If you want to get the most out of your acupuncture technology and stand head and shoulders above the competition in results, this is the seminar for you! Updated with new information for 2014, this year’s training features classes from three top experts in the field of Acupuncture, Digital Meridian Imaging and Practice Marketing.
We’ll start with a full day of bedrock, foundational knowledge you’ll need to make you an expert in the technique, followed by a day of advanced TCM clinical knowledge and interpretation. And new for this year, we’re adding a third day completely devoted to practice management, marketing & Social Media for ultimate success.
This training that will help you get the results you want in 2014!
Posted on 10:03, March 5th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Today let’s bring together the patient retention principals talked about in my blog Patient Retention – Part I and demonstrate how the AcuGraph exam can serve as the bridge to move your specialty program participants to regular care.
Let’s assume you’ve done your target marketing and have a group of new specialty program clients coming in your door. They are hoping you can quickly fix this particular problem and then they’ll be DONE!
Posted on 10:22, February 25th, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Do you have a successful “specialty” treatment program?
I like Specialty Treatment programs! From a marketing perspective they are excellent tools. They effectively target a VERY specific audience. They are relatively easy to promote and are often associated with a very large support group from which to attract referrals.
Perhaps you invested in our Acupuncture Weight Loss Program last month? This blog is Part I of a two part series that will help you improve the Patient Retention rate of whatever program you offer.
The only drawback to these programs is that they end. Programs like those listed below are traditionally marketed and treated for a fixed time period. They have a beginning and an end.
These are all great programs but unfortunately they come to an end…which means the income stops…and we have to go out and find new patients all over again!
Posted on 08:30, February 22nd, 2014 by Alan Gifford MS, Practice Coach
Posted on 10:58, February 21st, 2014 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Are you concerned about the health of today’s children? Increasingly, children are getting sicker with chronic illnesses and as a parent you intuitively know this is true.
We are facing an alarming crisis when it comes to the neurological health of our children. Did you know that over 6.4 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD? And approximately 1 in 88 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
The problem is getting worse and the solution is NOT more drugs or gene therapy. The solution is helping the body heal naturally – with diet, herbs and ACUPUNCTURE!
In my last post, I talked about the multitude of physiological, energetic and even spiritual connections between the spine and the overall health of the body.
Nearly every major healing system recognizes the particular importance of the spine, and many healing systems recommend manipulation, body work, massage, exercise, stretches, or adjustment of the spine. In short, spinal body work makes all healing systems more effective.
Of course, the key to successful spinal treatment is knowing WHERE to work on the spine, and knowing HOW to do so. For the how, I’ll defer to the many healing systems that recommend spinal care. But for the where, let’s talk about AcuGraph.
Way back in AcuGraph 3, we added spinal treatment recommendations because we knew how powerful manual spinal work is in restoring health.
We did exhaustive research and built an intelligent algorithm to determine areas of potential spinal dysfunction based on innervation, meridian associations, energetic connections, and organ correspondence. The result? Based on the graph alone, AcuGraph can recommend areas of the spine most likely to need attention!
Posted on 09:03, February 19th, 2014 by Dr. Larsen
How many of you do body work with your acupuncture? Whether it’s massage, Tuina, chiropractic, or some other discipline, I’ll bet you find you get better results when you help physically move the Chi.
Of course, Chi can become blocked anywhere in the body, but there’s one special area that deserves careful attention: the Spine. No other body area has so many traditional, physiological, metaphysical, and even scriptural connections to the life-force energy we call Chi. It’s worth taking a minute to consider some of the major schools of thought and reasons the spine is so important.
Today’s topic: Laser Safety.
If you’re using lasers, you MUST know the rules to follow for both you and your patients’ safety.
In my last post, I discussed the unique properties of laser light. The unique properties of “coherrent light” can lead to permanent eye damage if not properly understood.
Today, I’ll tell you about the most important steps to take to protect yourself and your patients. And just to make it interesting, I put it all in a video for you and dropped it on our web page.
Just click the video link below and scroll down slightly when you get to the web page.