Acupuncture Notes & References…LOVE IT! 5/5 (38)

I have boxes and boxes of notes from college–not to mention all of the continuing education notebooks I’ve accumulated after graduation. On top of that, I have at least two bookcases filled with acupuncture resources. Can you relate?

I’m sure it is no surprise to you that I love studying points. I especially love to read about favorite points from practitioners who have a lot more experience than I do. There is only one PROBLEM with my love for learning. The older I get, the more I forget.

I just can’t remember all of those helpful little tidbits that I have written in my notes, or highlighted in textbooks. Lucky for me–I work for Miridia Technology and the guys here at the office developed a software program to compensate for my tired brain.

You might think that Points is a program for students–but I’m here to say that it is WAY more than that! It is a resource for people who are growing older, like me–and can’t seem to remember as much as they used to. Let me show you what I mean…

My current favorite book/reading material is “Finding Effective Acupuncture Points” by Shudo Denmei. (This is the sequel to “Introduction to Meridian Therapy” that I spoke about in the I am Convinced series written earlier this year.) Before I began utilizing Points PC–if I wanted to remember something–I would circle, highlight, and write notes in the margins of the book.


The problems with my note-taking technique show up later when I want to utilize the clinical gems that I have highlighted throughout the book.

  • It doesn’t look very professional to thumb through a textbook while treating a patient, looking for that great point that you just learned about last week.
  • It’s really hard to find the points that you want to utilize when they are scattered throughout the book.
  • What about that condition where you find multiple points that are helpful, but they are all on different pages?

I don’t know about you, but the best way for me to learn the value of a certain point is to actually use it! With the Points PC program, I keep my notes right in the program and can easily search for whatever I’m looking for immediately.

Case in point:

When I am reading about the specifics of a particular point, a patient usually comes to mind, and I might think: “Wow–‘Patient A’ could really use this point for her chronic dizziness.” I can type dizziness into the program, and even the name of the patient for a quick reference.

How many computers have you been through since you started college? I have been through at least 5 so far. The great thing about Points is that any data that I put into the system can be transferred from computer to computer as I upgrade through the years–as long as I have backed it up. Boy, I sure wish that I had this program while I was a student in college. Can you imagine what an incredible resource it would have been?points-logo
Now I have a new goal. I’m going through my old notes, slow but sure, and creating the MOST AWESOME clinical resource EVER! What makes it so awesome? I am filling it with resources that are clinically relevant to ME and my patients–based on the years of experience and courses that I have taken. My brain might be getting old and slow–but Points PC keeps my memory and hard drive up to date!

Have a great week everyone!

Click here to see the Points Software for yourself.

Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.


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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

3 Replies to “Acupuncture Notes & References…LOVE IT!

  1. Sres. Estoy muy interesado en recibir material didactico de acupuntura
    por razones de salud , por favor la informacion que este en castellano en español por que no tengo dominio de ingles muchas gracias .

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