Medical Lost Causes: A Tried and True Treatment Approach that WORKS! 4.92/5 (13)

Acupuncture Channel Theory has the potential to help you become a better practitioner AND catapult your creativity and intuition while treating patients. The acupuncture pathways tell a story. If you deeply understand the acupuncture pathways, you can unravel the intricate details related too hard-to-treat medical health conditions, often deemed as “Medical Lost Causes.” 


In my early years as an acupuncturist, I used to strive for the one-and-done treatments. “That one magical treatment that changed everything for the patient.” You’ve heard those stories before. 

“I went in for acupuncture one time and my
sciatic pain went away and never came back.”

Perhaps you have even experienced a few treatments like that in the past. I have. I’ve put a few needles in someone and stopped their acid reflux, shifted a headache, calmed someone with anxiety, relieved the pain of a hemorrhoid, and even lowered someone’s blood pressure. 

If those types of treatments worked longterm—over and over again—we would ALL be very successful acupuncturists. 

The truth is that one-and-done treatments can
make a slight change in the body, but they don’t last

Gizmos and Gadgets

What do we do when our treatment isn’t working the way we planned? 

We buy Gizmos and Gadgets to help magnify the acupuncture treatment/experience. I own all the tools to help magnify the acupuncture treatment/experience. You probably do too. 

I’ve been mentoring acupuncturists for a long time. Common questions I get include: 

  • What points should I treat?
  • How often should I treat?
  • I’ve been working on this problem with a patient for a longtime, and the patient isn’t getting better. What should I do? 

Acupuncture Channel Theory helps you to make logical decisions about how to use your acupuncture tools and get more effective treatment results. 

“I don’t have a magical set of points for a particular
condition. I do have a mindset for thinking.
That mindset is utilized with all the tools I use.”

Medical Lost Causes

I get amazing results with patients who are really hard to treat. They come in with a pile of symptoms. They are frustrated. They are desperate. Their stories are similar.

“I’ve tried everything else. Nothing has worked.
I don’t know where to turn.”


“Every time I go to the doctor, they send me to another
specialist. They give me more medications. My symptoms keep growing. I’m getting worse. I can’t live like this.”


“Dr. Kimberly, you are my last hope. Someone said I should try acupuncture. I don’t know what else to do.”


The reason so many patients come to me with hard to treat medical conditions, is because I have gained a reputation in my community for being different. And they are right. I do things differently. 

We strive for miracles. Of course, I can’t promise my patients a miracle, but I can honestly tell them that we see miracles in our clinic, every single day. Patients get better, lives transform, our schedule stays full, and going to work every day bring me joy!

If this is the type of experience you are looking for in your clinic, keep reading… 

NOTE: Dr. Kimberly is teaching her system for treating Medical Lost Causes in Boise, Idaho in September at the AcuGrowth Symposium. Click HERE to learn more. 

Acupuncture Channel Theory: The Secret Sauce
to Successful Treatment of “Medical Lost Causes”

My SECRET to Success

First: Think like an Acupuncturist

That sounds simple, right?

I’m not talking about the TCM theory that you learned in school, and I’m not not referring to all the fancy tools you use in your clinic either. (Don’t get me wrong. I love the tools.)

Here’s the truth: Everything that I do in the treatment room is based on understanding how energy flows through the body via the acupuncture pathways. It doesn’t matter what tool I am using: needles, electroacupuncture, laser, ion pumping cords, microcurrent, or the magic that comes out of the tip of my finger—the base theory on how I use those tools is what is important. 

Acupuncture Channel Theory 

Once you understand Acupuncture Channel Theory, new neural pathways open in your brain and everything that you have ever learned begins to make sense at a whole new level. 

The theory is simple, yet deep. Energy flows through the body by way of acupuncture pathways. When energy is flowing freely, our bodies have the divine capacity to heal. When it isn’t flowing well, we develop symptoms. Symptoms are a message that we need to work on energy flow.

You can spend your entire life digging deeper into the acupuncture pathways. Once you begin, it’s addicting. Everything changes, 

  • Patient communication is enhanced.
  • Treatment options become unlimited.
  • Your gizmos and gadgets work BETTER

Second: The Patient Story

Having a deep understanding of Acupuncture Channel Theory helps you to unravel your patient’s story. Their symptoms tell a story about the patient’s life. This story becomes a valuable piece of the puzzle, especially for patient’s who are deemed a “Medical Lost Cause.” 

“Imbalances in the acupuncture pathways help explain WHY other treatments and modalities haven’t worked in the past.”

My favorite part of a new patient consultation experience is watching the patient’s eyes light up when they hear me explain Acupuncture Channel Theory. Suddenly their great big pile of seemingly unrelated symptoms begin to make sense. The light bulb of HOPE shines in their eyes. Sometimes they cry. 

“Your explanation of the their problems make sense!”

No one has ever looked at their body through the eyes of the acupuncture channels. You are able to connect the dots in a way that makes sense. Then the magic really happens.

  • The patient trusts you.
  • The patient commits to a logical treatment plan.
  • The patient gets better.
  • The patient tells their friends.
  • Your schedule is full.
  • And the cycle continues. 

Everyone in this story wins!

Third: Creativity and Intuition

This is the part that lights me up! Once you learn to utilize Acupuncture Channel Theory into your clinic, you will NEVER be bored. Your database of knowledge will continue to grow.

You can apply this theory to any CEU course that interests you. Use all the tools you love, treat the body, treat the ear, treat the feet, use four needles, or use 20, do a front treatment, do a back treatment. You can even use your finger (which I do quite often)! It’s up to YOU. 

“Acupuncture Channel Theory is empowering for the practitioner”

There are many, many ways to come up with a successful treatment plan. 

I can promise you this. Once you go down the path of Acupuncture Channel Theory, you will never be bored, Your database of knowledge will grow exponentially. Once that database grows, your intuitive abilities will explode. 

And, it’s FUN!

Boise, Idaho: September of 2023

I am so excited to see you live, and in person. It’s been awhile, and I miss you!

If you are looking for a CEU opportunity that is more than a
“park your butt in a seat and walk away with a CEU certificate”—then the AcuGrowth 2023 Symposium is for you!

You know that I travel the world teaching, learning and mentoring. I’ve been to a LOT of CEU events. Can I tell you a secret? 

The AcuGrowth Symposium in Boise, Idaho
is my all time FAVORITE event!

I love opportunity to rub shoulders with our practitioners. There’s always a “planned” experience—but the intimate, unplanned, personal, one-on-one, tender moments with the practitioners that make this weekend REALLY special! Click Here to Reserve Your Spot!

  • We invite the BEST practitioners.
  • We do hands on demonstrations.
  • We answer personal questions.
  • We teach NEW and innovative state of the art technology.
  • We let you practice with your tools.
  • We eat.
  • We play. 
  • We party.
  • We laugh.
  • We cry.
  • We dance. (Okay well, maybe some of us dance…)
  • We have FUN!

Okay friends. September is right around the corner. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, what are you waiting for? 

Come learn with me! 
Click Here to Reserve Your Ticket

One final thought…. I sure wish that I understood Acupuncture Channel Theory earlier in my career. I would have been successful faster because I would have been able to help more patients. I can’t change the past, but I can change the future. Your future… The next best thing I can do is teach YOU what I’ve learned. 

Are you ready?

Come to Boise. I promise. It’s going to be transformational!

I’ll talk to you soon,

~Dr. Kimberly 

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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.

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