Where do acupuncture and Oriental medicine providers turn to learn how to integrate? Beginning in February, they can visit the Integrated Wellness Pavilion, which is being offered for the first time at the Spa & Resort Expo / Medical Aesthetics Conference & Expo in Los Angeles or they can order the home video versionQii (pronounced chee) from Nintendo.
Nintendo announced today that their eighth generation home video game center would pay homage to the roots of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by providing a home based AOM education and training console.
A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Qii remote, also known as the Qiimote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detects movement in five dimensions. The Qiimote can be used to both detect and treat acupoints much like cold-laser therapy combined with electromagnetic resistance point detection devices.
Another distinctive feature of the console is QiiConnect4More,which enables the home training system to receive messages and updates over the Internet while in standby mode,which allows the home schooled acupuncturists to receive up to the minute innovations in educational standards.Qii brings AOM into the new millennium, it is East meets West, meets East, thus coming full circle.
According to an interviewwith Nintendo’s game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the concept involved focusing on a new form of practitioner interaction. “The consensus was that power isn’t everything for a console. Too many powerful consoles can’t coexist. It’s like having only ferocious dinosaurs. They might fight and hasten their own extinction.”In order to eliminate the possibility of a Godzilla vs. Mothra showdown at any of the acupuncture schools, pacifist Miyamoto, designed a “safer” virtual training program.
Integration into new virtual medical centers, where human and robotic patients are treated by human and robotic doctors, is the primary training goal of Qii. “We can’t let this ancient medicine fall by the wayside,” says Butch Snowes, director of Health Associates for Acupuncture Renaissance Programs (HAARP).“We don’t want acupuncture to end up like the pyramids of Egypt, some old relic that people pay to visit, we need to bring AOM into the new age of integrative medicine.”Competencies and outcomes of the Qii programs will be measurable in minutiae never before possible.The NCCAOM will be administering the point location practicum in conjunction with the QiiPoker, a virtual needle.
Community Acupuncture has a lot to gain from Qii training programs too.Not only will CA practitioners be able to treat dozens of patients remotely from their own home recliner, to the patients’ own home recliners, but a QiiPogo, virtual acupuncture treatment pogo-sticker, will allow those CA practitioners that still want to go into their clinics, to bounce from patient to patient, setting needles in a hop and an instant.
Available this Christmas from your local OM distributor.