Ours is a World of Change
Change is a constant in healthcare. How often do you hear about new technology, new treatments, new tools, new studies and new requirements? And of course, this is a very good thing! We all want to give our patients the best care possible, including the latest advances.
But there’s a caveat. This pattern of constant upgrades and improvements requires of us a similar ability to adapt, learn, and integrate the “new” into a world of “old.”
This rings especially true in the field of acupuncture.
If you’re here, I’m sure you know that ancient Chinese medicine is laden with power, wisdom and efficacy, and that is worth holding onto. That’s why we make it our mission to marry the wisdom of ancient medicine with the power, credibility and precision of modern technology, and bring those priceless combinations to you.
So we decided to write up a list of some of the most important ways to keep your practice up-to-date, credible, and capable of attracting and retaining happy patients who love and understand the power of acupuncture.
Five Acupuncture Tools to Keep you at the Top of your Game
Acupuncture Tool #1: Objective Evidence
In the world of evidence-based healthcare, your patients expect to see real evidence that your treatments work. They come from a medical world that promises charts, tests, and objective results. Our favorite tool to show them the proof? AcuGraph.
This is a powerful acupuncture tool that will increase your credibility as a practitioner and give you insight into your patient’s Meridian energetics to help you make effective treatment plans.
The hardware/software combination creates a priceless system that can be an irreplaceable staple for treating patients. Plus, AcuGraph helps your patients get on board and stay on board by providing them with proof of their improvement. Try printing them their first graph and second graph comparison so that they can see the change in their chi—and show their friends and family that acupuncture works!
Acupuncture Tool #2: Auriculotherapy
If you’re not using auriculotherapy in your practice, you should be! Ear Acupuncture is getting big attention in the media, and your patients are curious about it. What’s more, it takes very little time and is highly effective. Auriculotherapy also enhances other forms of treatment, so it’s the perfect adjunct for acupuncture.
Our favorite acupuncture tool for auriculotherapy is the Pointoselect Digital.
This is the most powerful, capable and effective auriculotherapy tool on the market (we know because we’ve tried them all).
Bipolar point detection with adjustable sensitivity ensures you’ll find precisely the right point, whether it has positive or negative polarity. Treatment is just as flexible, giving you ultimate control over polarity, intensity, frequency, even pulse-width. Built-in presents for the Nogier, Bahr and Reininger frequencies are just a click away. The best part? It’s FDA-cleared and comes with all the training you’ll need to start treating effectively.
Looking for something a little less advanced to get you started? The Stimplus Pro is a simple tool for ear points AND body points! Its light, precise design and simple operability make it the perfect tool to carry around in your bag and keep on hand. It allows you to locate points with ease, and treat with gentle microcurrent.
Acupuncture Tool #3: An Auriculotherapy Reference
If you’re going to use Auriculotherapy, odds are, you’ll need a convenient way to access data on ear points and choose the most effective points for your patient’s condition. With over 300 points on each ear to navigate, a ready reference is a must!
That’s why Auriculo 3D covers every common ear point, and has over 180 pre-made treatment protocols for almost any condition. Its powerful search feature highlights the right points, right now. You can even add your own combinations to the treatment library, so your knowledge base grows with you. It combines 15 of the best reference books on Auriculotherapy into one simple, searchable app.
Acupuncture Tool #4: Non-Needle Treatment Techniques
We get it. Needles can be a bit scary, especially to those who are used to the big, thick ones at the doctor’s office. It’s important to ease patents into acupuncture and help them feel as comfortable and cared for as possible. That’s why your treatment approach must include some form of non-needle acupuncture.
One of our favorite non-needle techniques is laser therapy. The efficacy of stimulating laser light has been proven by decades of use. Laser light is a powerful, noninvasive and simple treatment option.
Red laser light stimulates cellular regeneration, promotes ATP production and improves Qi. Blue light, on the other hand has a sedating, calming effect on meridian points. Blue light is essentially the “Yin” to red light’s “Yang.” Both are valuable tools to have on hand! Check out our Qi series lasers for more information!
Acupuncture Tool #5: An Acupuncture Database
No one expects you to know everything about acupuncture—well, except maybe your patients… But there are so many books and references out there that you could probably spend an entire lifetime reading them and still not know it all. Besides, you don’t have time to go rifling though text books when a patient is on your table awaiting treatment. That’s why we use Points.
The Points interactive acupuncture software is the fastest, easiest way to master the Acupuncture Meridians and learn or relearn the points and the ULTIMATE REFERENCE for everything you need to know about any point, anytime.
Whether you’re working in a busy practice or preparing for your boards, Points is the fastest, most convenient and most powerful Acupuncture reference ever assembled. It’s available for your iOS device or your desktop computer, so you’ll never have to worry about going without.
And there you have it. These are the 5 best practices and tools we have found to help you stay up to date in your clinic. Our favorite part about them? They still allow you the freedom to practice on your own terms, with the methods you know and love.
Got questions? Let us help! We’re here to guide you on your journey as you combine ancient wisdom with modern advances, to be the best acupuncturist you can be!