I don’t write letters much any more. 5/5 (34)

I’m really not that old.

At least, I don’t consider 41 very old, and I bet you don’t either. But let me tell you, my kids do. What can I say? They’re teenagers. 

This age difference was really apparent this summer when my oldest daughter spent an afternoon writing letters to her friends. And by letters, I don’t mean texts, Facebook updates, or even e-mails. I mean the good old-fashioned kind of letters–handwritten on paper, folded into an envelope and put into the mailbox. She did it just for fun…to see what it was like. She has a real interest in everything vintage: clothing, decorations, cars, and even communication methods. She finds real enjoyment in pondering the way things “used to be.”

And there’s nothing wrong with “snail mail.” It works. The letters eventually get there, and you might even get a reply. Trust me, I’m old enough to remember.

But at the same time, I also know that modern communication methods are far more efficient and often more effective at getting the job done. That’s why I don’t really write letters much anymore.

What does this have to do with Acupuncture?

There are vintage ways of learning Acupuncture and remembering what you learned. Textbooks, flash cards, class notes, memorization–the standard learning methods used for hundreds of years. And there are modern ways of learning and recalling information. Both work and both get the job done. But one is much faster, more efficient, and requires less work than the other. Which you choose is up to you, but given the pace of modern practice and the odds of failure, I’m going to grab whatever added efficiency I can.

That’s why I created Points PC. I was tired of flipping through reference books, multiple texts and class note every time I needed to recall some obscure fact or point. And though I’m not a student, I’m in touch with many who are equally as tired of carrying around stacks of flash cards and piles of notes to learn the points.

Points PC is simply a better way. 

Let’s face it. None of us can always recall every piece of acupuncture information we ever need. So we’re left with a choice: Dust off the textbooks and class notes while your patient looks on and loses confidence by the minute, or click some software and instantly get to the information you need.

Which will impress your patient? Which will make you more efficient? Which helps build your practice? Food for thought.

And here’s one more item to think about. We’re celebrating the release of Points PC with a 25% discount on this already affordable software. It’s ridiculously cheap and incredibly powerful, so I recommend you check it out before the discount expires.

Got any feedback for me? You can leave a comment below, or you can write me a letter. Your choice.

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Dr. Adrian Larsen

Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

6 Replies to “I don’t write letters much any more.

  1. Points PC is a great tool to have but I found the graphics disappointing in a few areas and not up to the same standard as AG4 and Auriculo.
    The graphics window is a bit small and the point indicator is difficult to see on some images eg bladder.
    Also it could be improved by adding a back button and a print button just like the excellent Auriculo software!

    1. Hi Tony,

      I would suggest you enlarge the window on your computer screen. The graphics in Points PC are actually MUCH higher quality than those in AcuGraph, but it sounds like you are looking at them in a small window.

      Thanks!

      1. Thanks Adrian but I am already using it full screen. I wanted to use PC Points as an educational tool but to be honest the small images renders it unsuitable. What about the back button, print button and enhanced point indicator? is that a possibility for updates or am I the only one who sees this as an issue?
        These things all work fine on Auriculo and I am very pleased with it.
        Tony

        1. Hi Tony,

          I’m curious what your screen resolution is. On every computer I’ve tried it on, the full-screen pictures are HUGE in most cases. I wonder if there’s another issue we’re not addressing here.

          As for the other questions, here are my responses:

          Back button: To be honest, I’m not sure what you are referring to here. I don’t know of a back button in Auriculo. Can you enlighten me?

          Print button: This is a possibility for the next update.

          Enhanced Point Indicator: I think this is a function of the small charts you are seeing. When the charts are large, the point indicator stands out well. Of course, if there’s a problem we’ll make whatever improvements are necessary. We always do…

          Please let me know on your resolution and operating system. Call me if you can.

          Thanks!

          1. I am using an HP Pavillion laptop with intel i5 chip and windows 7.
            My screen resolution is 1366×768 (recommended)
            if you put AG4 and points in windows next to each other on say Bladder 48, you will be able to compare screens.
            On my laptop points is decidedly inferior and difficult to see the point indicator.
            I have tried other resolution settings but it only gets worse.
            Hope you can see what I am not happy with and suggest a solution
            regards

            Tony

  2. Dear Adrian,
    You are just a young man at 41 years. I am going to celebrate my 77th birthday on August 22 this year. I think my life has just begun. We are here to accomplish a lot of things as yet, you included. You are just beginning on your journey.

    I feel your Points PC software program is excellent. But I already know all the points. Working with the points reminds me and helps me remember them on a regular basis.
    Thank you for creating such an excellent software program.

    Hugs and blessings to you, Have a happy day

    Sid

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