Acupuncture Practice Management Software by Jasmine Software

Sunday, November 29, 2015

An Easy Way To Stay Connected With Your Acupuncture Patients This Holiday Season

Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday season is definitely here, we got down to a chilling 50 degrees. That's like the Arctics here in Texas, y'all.

The holiday season is a hectic time, you're running around seeing family and friends and putting yourself into food coma eating great food. With all that's going on, it can be hard keeping up with your acupuncture practice on social media.

What if I told you there's a free tool that lets you schedule all your social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc... and you can just set it and forget it for the holiday season. This is exactly what Buffer does!

Getting started with Buffer is simple!

Just head on over to Come on, I'm waiting!

Sign up

Signing up for Buffer can be done a couple ways, either with a social network or email. Choose one and let's go!

Connect a Social Network

Once in Buffer, you can start connecting your Buffer account with your different social networks. On the left menu, click on the "Connect More" menu and start connecting!

Set a Schedule

Now, you'll set up your schedule to tell Buffer when you want your posts to be sent to your social networks.

Click on a social network account on the left menu, then click the Schedule tab and start adding posting times. People will be amazed at your social networking skills!

Start Queuing Posts

Next, add posts to your queue by clicking on the Content tab, then the Queue sub tab and start posting away. Can it get any easier?!

Rest & Relax

BAM, and you're done! Now go brew yourself a pot of hot Jasmine tea and enjoy your holidays!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Introducing Patient Credit Card Payments

Does taking payment from your patients after a treatment make you cringe? AWKward!

Or have you ever forgotten to take payment because you're in a different head space? And so are your patients!

Now, you can securely process and store credit card information with Jasmine!

You can now use Jasmine to:
  • Easily process patient credit card information right from within Jasmine
  • Securely store and reuse patient card information for future payments
  • Automatically send receipts, issue refunds and more!


Stripe is the payment processor that Jasmine integrates with. They're the most widely used and respected company that well respected companies use for their payment processing.

Well known companies like Kickstarter, Twitter, Instacart, Shopify, Pinterest, Lyft, and more...

Simple Pricing

The pricing structure is simple and competitive to other services. Simply, you pay 2.9% + 30¢ per successful transaction!

And, by the way, Jasmine does NOT take a cut of ANY transaction. Minus, Stripe fees, ALL money goes in your pocket!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Your Acupuncture Schooling Is Useless, UNLESS...

Let me give you a bit of hard truth, all the acupuncture schooling you've had, all the hours of studying you've done, all the certifications you've passed is useless... 


You can reach the people who need your help and build a sustainable business.

By now, I hope you don't believe the fairy tale of "If you build it, they will come." This was a beautiful quote popularized by Kevin Costner in the movie Field of Dreams. And many business "gurus" started using it, but the reality is, that it's all bullshit when it comes to building a business.

The other hard truth is that there's no patented formula for success. If there were, everyone would be rich and successful.


In business, it's a constant HUSTLE! You've got to be constantly looking for new patients and opportunities.

Opportunities come in many forms and you have to be ready! As a recent example, it [opportunity] could be sitting in a sauna at the gym, when your water bottle falls, sparking a conversation and leading to the mention of an acupuncture opening at Apple.

Sometimes it's as if the Universe is helping you!

And, while some success in business is, in part, due to good luck and fortune, there are certain things you can do to increase your odds in the game.


In the words of Joseph Sugarman (the copywriting genius), the goal of copywriting is "To cause a person to exchange his or her hard-earned money for a product or service."

There are many benefits of writing effective copy, to name a few:

  • Increase Trust and Exposure
  • Establish You as an Expert
  • Higher SEO Ranking
  • Better Advertising Conversion
  • Ultimately, More Success & Money

The Boron Letters

Ok, so now, you want to learn about copywriting, but where do you start? This is where The Boron Letters come in.

The Boron Letters are a series of letters by Gary Halbert (The Godfather of Copy) written to his son, teaching him about business and copywriting. The read is easy and entertaining and PACKED full of information!

My suggestion to you is to download the FREE pdf, print them and read them! You MUST print them, I cannot stress that enough.

The reason you need to print them is that there's something about having them physically in your presence and always calling you to read them to make you actually do it!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Spotlight: Kathleen Funk - Grand Rounds Lecture for UT Medical School

Kathleen Funk will be giving a Grand Rounds lecture on TCM & Mental Health for the UT Medical School in Austin, TX, oTuesday, November 10, 2015, from 12:30pm - 2pm.

The lecture is a great opportunity for Western Medicine and UT Medical School to better learn and understand TCM and it's benefits for Mental Health.

Kathleen is an acupuncturist and Founder of Acufunkture in Houston, TX. (My hometown!) Kathleen is a long time Jasmine user and I'm proud and happy to be a witness to her successes. For more information about Kathleen, see her bio below and visit her website!

If you're in the Austin area, come out and show your support for Kathleen and the acupuncture community!

Who: Kathleen Funk

"Kathleen Funk received her BA at Baylor University where she studied Philosophy and Medicine and went on to receive her Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Houston, TX). Kathleen completed her residency in China at Zhejiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Hangzhou and the Affiliated Integrative Hospital of Luzhou Medical School located in the Sichuan Province. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and is licensed in Acupuncture by the Texas Medical Board."

What: Grand Rounds Lecture - TCM & Mental Health

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2pm

Where: Seton McFadden Auditorium - Seton Medical Center

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Are Acupuncture Schools Failing Their Students?

This post is going to be a bit controversial. And, at first, I hesitated to write it, but I feel strongly about the subject and think it warrants some discussion.

By now, I've interviewed and demo'd to hundreds of acupuncturists. And through that process, you start hearing some reoccurring stories. And some are disturbing!

One of these reoccurring themes is that acupuncture schools are inadequately preparing their students for post graduation and starting their own practice. I constantly hear this from both recent grads and more established practitioners.

Pile of Debt

One thing I hear is that acupuncture schools are selling students a false sense of the ease of recouping the money they take out in loans for education. And so, students are graduating with a pile of debt without a clear path to repaying that debt.

In turn, many practitioners are moonlighting as acupuncturists, meaning they have a primary job (not acupuncture) and then, after hours, they're trying to get their practice going. To me, this seems like a very difficult way of starting a practice.

Not all Business

Another criticism I hear is that the business curriculum at acupuncture schools is inadequate in preparing the graduate for private practice and building a sustainable business. And, it sounds like, acupuncture students are given one business class which covers topics at a very high level. One business class!

While I understand that not all businesses succeed and that building a successful business and practice is in large part due to the work ethic and desire of the practitioner and business owner.

However, it also seems like it would be in the benefit of the acupuncture schools and the community to come up with a more worn path to success.


I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please leave a comment below or email me directly. And, maybe, through dialog and discussion, we can come up with a better understanding of what it takes to create a successful practice!

Minto Tsai

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

See Why These Acupuncturists Get Together Every Monday

Did you know that there's a very dedicated army of acupuncturists regularly getting together on Twitter to promote acupuncture and TCM?

Every Monday at 1:30pm Central (US) and 7:30pm (UK) something magical happens on Twitter with the acupuncture community. A group of like minded individuals get together for a tweetfest called #AcupunctureHour.

If you've never participated in a tweetfest, it's where a bunch of people tweet using the same hashtag. The goal is to get the hashtag trending on Twitter to gain awareness for a cause or topic.

#AcupunctureHour was created as a way to promote acupuncture as well as connect acupuncturists from around the world! It's also a great breeding ground for practitioners to keep up with their field and to learn from forward thinking acupuncturists in their use of social media and new technology (like Periscope).

The Usual Suspects

Deb Connor - @deb_connor

#AcupunctureHour was started in 2013 by Deb Connor (@deb_connor) an acupuncturist out of St. Helens in the UK. Her Twitter handle is @deb_connor.

Sandra Bird - @AnShenTCM

On September 7, 2015, Sandra Bird started managing the @AcuHour Twitter account as Deb stepped down to take a break. Sandra is also an acupuncturist out of the UK and her Twitter handle is @AnShenTCM.

How To Participate

Fire up your Twitter app on Mondays at 1:30pm Central or 7:30pm UK.

Follow the Twitter handle @AcuHour

Search for the hashtag #AcupunctureHour

Tweet using the hashtag #AcupunctureHour

Join us for the fun! 

What To Expect!

Below are a few tweets of what you can expect if you join us for #AcupunctureHour!

I hope to see you at #AcupunctureHour!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you. 

Minto Tsai

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Golden Opportunity Your Acupuncture Practice Can't Miss

Don't you love it when someone hands you a freebie? And what if it came in the form of free resources to promote your practice?

BAM! Consider this an metaphorical  electronic dropping of free shit right in your lap!

(And when you're done reading this, let's see if you catch the head fake!)

Every year on October 24th, the NCCAOM, puts together a great list of free resources for you to promote your practice called AOM Day aka Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.

AOM Day is a day to celebrate and share as well as educate and promote our community and profession of acupuncture and TCM. Your practice can participate just by promoting yourself!

AND Did I say free?! So how do you get started?

Read the NCCAOM AOM Day 2015 Update

First, go to the NCCAOM AOM Day 2015 Update page and read about the event, the new features added to the AOM Day website and the resources available to you.

Check out the AOM Day Website

The starting point is the front page of the AOM Day website, become familiar with the different parts of the site.

Come up with Your AOM Day Event

Think of the kind of event you would like to promote for AOM Day. Let your imagination run wild and make this your own. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Host an education session at your practice
  • Discount patients' treatments on AOM Day
  • Give a free gift to patients

For more ideas, check out the Programs & Events tab to see what other practices are doing.

Register Your AOM Day Event

Once you've come up with your event, register it on the AOM Day site. (BONUS: Get SEO juice by doing this!)

Download the Marketing Material

Get the free AOM Day marketing material which was prepared by the good folks at American Society of Acupuncturists and Acupuncture Media Works.

Write a Press Release

Using the press release template, write a press release about your practice and your AOM Day event. (This thing is fill in the blank. How much easier can it get?!)

Promote AOM Day to Your Readers

Write a blog post on your website educating your readers about your AOM Day event. Don't forget to send this to your mailing list and all your social medias!

Contact Local Media

Reach out to the health writers of your local newspapers and magazines, and bloggers to inform them of your AOM Day event and interest them in writing about it or better yet, offer to write a story for them.

As an added bonus, invite them to your practice for a free session!

Also, many local newspapers, magazines, and blogs have an events section where you can post your AOM Day event for free. Do this!

Ask Patients for Testimonials

Encourage your patients to write testimonials about their great experience with you and your practice. Ask them to share the testimonial with you and the AOM Day website. (HINT: You can use these testimonials on your own website too!)

Did you catch the head fake?

I don't think the NCCAOM intended this, but in promoting your AOM Day activities, you got a free lesson in marketing! Take the concepts and ideas and constantly apply them to your practice. How cool is that!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai

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