Happy New Year 2023

I had a Brownout during the holidays, only went to 3 parties.
This year’s brownout I felt weak and sickly, with fatigue, leg pain, rib pain, all the time.
At the end of I had a seizure.

Reading and writing were difficult.
My wife said I looked grey on the day before my seizure.

All my life I have had periods of symptoms I called brownouts.
They started with me feeling tired followed by days of arthritis and GERD.


The Shutdown

The world just went through a pandemic shutdown, and I was already depressed! I was recovering from losing my home in Paradise due to the Camp Fire. I took advantage of the off time to heal my body and brain. As mentioned earlier, I started going to medical doctors, taking test, and supplements.

As I review what I have written in my blog, it reminds me how much I loved studying Chinese characters, Asian culture, and the role of women in Neolithic China. I enjoyed, learning to read and write Chinese Characters, as well as, reading books on philosophy, history, and medicine, supported my understanding.

I improved my lifestyle, went on several strict diets and I read many books on diet and health. My favorite author is Jason Fung a medical doctor who backs up his statements with references.

I loved watching Call the Midwife, a drama about a naturally dramatic event. In this series the midwives are nuns trained as nurses operating out of their convent. This is for mature audiences only and it helps to have a medical background, but the stories deal with difficult subjects in a heartfelt way.

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Massage by the Decades

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Acupressure massage has been a part of my adult life. I was attracted to taking acupressure massage classes because of my chronic pain and stiffness. During a massage class you give and receive. And I like both. It changed my life. I was not good at conversation but I was good with my hands.

I always massaged family and friends. At work I found that massage smoothed the wheels of progress. I have many stories. I’ll be telling some in the months ahead.

During the ’70s I worked in electronic product design and in the evenings studied massage and practiced on family and friends.

In electronics I developed a reputation for being able to solve the most difficult problems. One time I saved a company from bankruptcy because I designed a product that they had signed a contract with a huge penalty. I got an offer from the chief engineer. Name Your Price.

I started taking massage classes in 1970. After a decade of treating family and friends as well as trading massages with other professionals. I quit my job in 1980

During the 80s I practiced and taught massage. In 1980 I was making $60 an hour for acupressure massage and had a waiting list, within months of starting my massage practice. That was a lot of money.

I had been teaching classes for 3 years and was known as Mr Shiatsu in San Diego County. What happened to convince me to go to Acupuncture school and get a license?

The news that an “Elderly Healer accused of “Massage Murder” http://www.runrg.com

I told the school administrator I was not interested in doing acupuncture. I wanted a license to practice acupressure massage.

During the 90s I taught and wrote a book about acupressure. In 1992 Joined a professional organization, California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA)

To begin the millennium I published a book, wrote professional articles, and got into politics.

In 2001 I published Pain’s Healing Secret, which boosts my teaching career. From 2002-2006 I wrote five articles for the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM) published by CSOMA. From 2002 to 2004 I join the CSOMA’s Board of Directors.

After fifteen years of using acupuncture assistants (AA’s), some of my assistants had asked me if they could study with me in a tutorial program. They wanted to study with me so that they could become acupuncturist without going to school.

I called up the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and asking about a tutorial program.
The director asked me about my assistants. I explained what they were doing: moxa, massage, and taking out the needles. The director said “you can’t do that” and I said “What? Why?” I said, “People have been doing that in my profession ever since I was licensed.” You get busy, you hire an assistant. I said I even have nurses who work for me and they’re all trained. They said “no” you can’t do that. They sent me a “cease and desist order” in the mail.

From 2002 to 2004 I joined the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) to make a case for an acupuncture tutorial program.

During the 10s I started this blog and wrote articles for the Lotus Guide, a local alternative newspaper.

So far it is the boring 20’s.

I’m Back!

Every time I have a health crisis, I learn something.

I’m Back, recovering from a mental and physical health crises.
I’m still a little slow but here we go!

First, I am very grateful that I live in Chico. The North State has some of the finest facilities and professionals for diagnosis and treatments. Western medicine combined with Asian medicine has me feeling young again and ready to teach.

Because of a lifetime of teaching others, some are grateful and I received great treatments to help with my problems.

Many complementary medicine therapists in the North State have treated me in the past few years and I am grateful to all. The Chico area has a vast variety of very good healers.

Special mention to the following for their frequent fantastic sessions.

Sheryl Sanchez in Paradise, CA

Eric Schanke in Oroville, CA … author of Ashi Acupuncture

Andre Williams in Chico, CA … cupping practitioner

Suppress a Cough

This week, I’ve released a video that shows how to suppress a cough–I think it stands for itself how important this is. Maybe you just have a tickle in your throat, or you get a little dry in the morning. Well, now you can prevent such an unseemly bodily function from occurring all without medication.

Is it Really that Easy? Yes, there’s an acupressure point for that!

In the meantime knowledge seekers, I have an announcement below but I will get back to explaining how to suppress a cough shortly.

In light of recent events, I have decided to retire from private practice and I will be closing my acupuncture clinic. I assure you that this decision was not made lightly and I will miss, as I currently miss serving you in person.

While I won’t be pursuing a busy acupuncture clinic, I now have the time to pursue writing and blogging, continuing my legacy as a teacher of the Asian healing arts. My website, getqi.com (yes, the one you are reading), and Michael Turk Asian Healing Arts will now continue to be a wealth of knowledge for those of you interested in what Chinese Medicine has to offer.

My years here in Chico have been filled with many rewarding experiences, memorable patients, and lasting friendships. It has been a sincere honor to serve each and every one of you, and I will be forever grateful that you entrusted me with your care.

I wish the best for all of you always, and in the meantime, stay tuned for fun projects to come along with my Lotus Guide so I can continue serving you remotely in various ways while passing along the knowledge I have to offer.

Kindly keep in mind that this advice about suppressing a cough is intended only for otherwise healthy individuals whom have determined based on CDC guidelines/their own medical history that it is safe for them to be around other people–Of course, you can also use this in the comfort of your home, however. If you have specific questions about whether or not you should stay home, reach out to your healthcare provider for more details.

In order to suppress a cough, many try suppressants, rubs, honeys, and all kinds of things, however, I have a solution that is completely rooted in my teachings. Vessel of Conception 22 or Vc.22, is an acupressure point that allows you to suppress a cough, which as you can imagine is incredibly useful during these times.

To reach and utilize Vc.22 feel for the gentle dip between your collarbones. If you put your finger there, and feel a cough coming, you will know you are in the right place because you will feel pressure against your finger. To utilize this acupoint, you, luckily do not need to press very hard. Just press a little bit, and soon you will feel a calming feeling move through the area.

You can also view the video below for a more visual approach to the method.

Happy knowledge seeking, and don’t forget to check out all of my social media accounts!

Rapid Healing Q & A

Can you help your students be able to successfully pass along the knowledge learned from you to others? How can you be certain that your students are really grasping the ideas and principles being presented to them?

In my experience as a teacher, I have found that one of the best ways to ensure the understanding of a concept, is whether or not your students are able to successfully pass along their knowledge to others. It’s one thing to explain the idea (the logic behind it) and then demonstrate it!

However, sometimes, depending on the learning style of your students, an example of how to apply the idea to daily life is just as important for solidifying that knowledge, that way we can continue passing along this journey of self discovery.

This is why I’m sharing my story with you here in the Q & A above, to provide additional insight on how I applied the usefulness of Co. 4 (which is today known as Large Intensine 4) to my broken arm. It is my hope that this will give insight on the kind of excruciating pain Colon 4 can help alleviate, and how you can apply this in your day to day life.
The best thing about Qi, aside from the benefits of stimulating it to better your life is that it’s free! Until the release of my book Pain’s Healing Secret information on how to use these ancient Chinese healing secrets simply weren’t displayed anywhere in a way that could be understood by the average reader, or as I like to call them as it pertains to my writings, knowledge seekers.
I’m confident that with the release of my latest project that is soon to come (follow me on all the social media sites below for updates) that together, more of the incredible people around us can begin living pain free lives!

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Exploring Rapid Healing Techniques Part Two

What if you could recover faster from any injury you might face while also building up additional strength you didn’t have before in the site of the injury? Well, with traditional Chinese medicine’s help, and my guidance to help refine your use of the acupressure technique you can!

Recently, I discussed how acupressure and the Magic Needle from traditional Chinese medicine contributed to my original rapid healing technique Moxibustion. If you’d like to read more about this or even support my book, click here for more details!

In the video above, taken 12-28-2017 two days after the break, I show how my broken arm (which was injured in the humerus area) allowed me a small range of motion up and down, while also allowing me to turn my arm in either direction, though it was certainly uncomfortable to do so. I have said before that our bodies are amazing, and one of the incredible ways we have adapted as humans is demonstrated in this video. Naturally, my body pain prevented me from having my normal range of motion in my broken arm in order to allow it to heal. However, as we know, while some instincts may have helped us survive thousands of years ago, sometimes some encouragement is needed to allow your body to enter the rapid healing process. The encouragement I’m referring to, of course, is stimulating acupoints via acupressure, moxibustion, or both depending on the treatment(s) that will work best for the injury.

In my case, I experienced all three types of bi blockages (damp bi, blood bi, and wind bi) in response to the break that occurred in my humerus area. I discussed more what this might look like in last week’s article that you can view by clicking here if you like.

Now that I determined that I was experiencing a decreased range of motion due to the pain and bi blockages, it was time to stimulate the area to cause rapid healing to go into effect, that way we can improve upon that loss in the range of motion.

The first step is to find Ashi Points (pronounced uh-sure like the popular artist) to release the energy in them, causing the pain to be reduced while strengthening the area of the injury, which in this case is my arm. At this point, you will notice that my arm was still uncomfortably sore, so I relaxed a little bit and put my arm on the table slowly. This caused my forearm to become painful, an example of the wind bi I was referring to previously.

Then it becomes time to press LI-4 or Co.4 (Colon 4) and I do so while bringing my arm inward a bit, which also helps decrease the pain so I can relax, allowing me to focus on stimulating LI-4. LI-4 is a powerful pain relief point, and as I press the muscle against the bone I can feel the pain decreasing from the uncomfortable level it was at, causing chills and releasing energy as it does so. Now that I was experiencing less pain I moved the arm back onto the table outwardly which was noticeably less difficult now that I stimulated the wonderful LI-4 acupoint.

After locating where I was stopped, I walk around using my fingers, using pressure on the particularly painful area where a break in the bone was. I did have acupuncture done in the area that didn’t fully resolve the issue, so I put pressure in the most painful area (where that break in the bone was) until the pain becomes more in the distressing area, though I could still handle it. The constant pressure causes the pain to become a sharper kind of pain though it decreased back into the uncomfortable area. When I move the position of the pressure I am applying slightly, the pain becomes distressing again as I found the sharpest, most painful spot that was also swollen. This area where the swelling is, where the sharpest most painful spot resides, is the damp bi, which is where the powerful healing Qi energy is stored. As I continue to press on this area, the energy releases, therefore decreasing my pain. This healing energy likes to move, so when it becomes blocked like this it, of course, becomes painful, which is why this stimulation of the damp bi makes the pain decrease.

With this therapy, once the pain becomes uncomfortable instead of distressing it is time to find a new area where the Qi is stuck, that way we can apply the pressure there and release the damp bi blockages everywhere they are occurring in the affected area. This will help to continue decreasing the pain until it goes from being uncomfortable, to sore, and even to nothing in some cases.

The area I was working on to start with in this video at least in regards to my arm, (not LI-4, though stimulating LI-4 did allow me to continue with stimulating my arm) as well as the upper break I experienced, which is one of the reasons stimulating it, causing the rapid healing to occur was so incredibly important. After some time of doing this therapy in the area of my arm where the damp bi was occurring, I am finally able to relax and the sensation of the flow of Qi was restored, though I was still able to find another area where damp bi was occurring and I began working on that area as well, which was the sharpest pain yet, though I was still able to manage it.

After some time of stimulating this, the pain dropped to simply being uncomfortable instead of distressing, and back up to distressing when I would wiggle the pressure in the point, though it would within seconds drop down again to just being uncomfortable, causing the energy to come down my arm. The break was about two inches though it didn’t show that in the x-rays because of the angles in which they were taken.


At this point, I sink down putting more pressure on my arm, stretching it, which was the goal at that time to start exercising that injury in that direction in order to help my body do that rapid healing. After stretching the injured arm in all sorts of directions, the pain in the lower break sharpens, and I press in the sharpest point again with mild pressure, causing the pain to ebb away as the qi flows. At this point, it’s time to give the injury a break as for acupressure since the arm, in general, was pretty sore, so it becomes a great time to exercise it. While exercising the injury was a challenge, the pain was the kind that felt good, especially since I knew it was a productive helpful pain that was going to allow me to use my arm better, and more pain-free on my end so I could continue helping my wonderful patients via acupuncture.

Now that the arm was quite sore because of all the healing that I stirred up, it became time to stimulate Co.4 again. This pain was uncomfortable, and I note in the video that I rarely have to go to distressing for pain (in LI-4) at this point after doing the initial therapy. When the pain was really bad in my shoulder the day after the break after I stopped using pain pills, the pain at that point was excruciating until I went into a perfectly still meditative state which would bring me into an uncomfortable pain level instead. Stimulating LI-4 (or Co.4) helped at that point as well, and it became even less painful than the shoulder.

Thank you for going on this journey of learning how to apply rapid healing to a complicated fracture with me, and I can’t wait to see what else we can explore together!

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Exploring Rapid Healing Techniques Part One

I published a book known as Pain’s Healing Secret in 2001, after selling around 2000 copies to mostly my students, I am exploring and expanding upon the original topics to provide extra information through my Youtube Channel and blog.

The interesting name for Pain’s Healing Secret comes from a technique of rapid healing that uses a little pain to alleviate acute or chronic pain.

The secret, of course, is this particular technique of rapid healing that I will discuss later on in this article and in the video. There are no known works that go into detail about this technique in a way that is helpful to knowledge seekers that wish to know more about listening to what their body is trying to tell them via pain. I was also unable to find anything like this on the internet, of course, until today as I am bringing this to all of you.

Why is this technique still a secret? This technique utilizes a combination of acupressure and the moxa stick which is also known as the Magic Needle. While the Magic Needle was initially revealed 300 years ago, and the original sole use of the moxa stick was revealed with it. (The original use of the moxa was to create little blisters on the skin to help alleviate pain.) My rapid healing technique (Moxibustion) combines these two techniques together in this unique way and has only recently become available for widespread use. If my rapid healing technique intrigues you, please click here to hear more about the basic concept of MoxaPressure, which is the technique I’ve created and refined for non-invasive pain relief. You can even click here if you are interested in purchasing my book Moxibustion for Pain Relief, otherwise known as Fire Your Pain with Moxibustion.

As for the history of the Magic Needle, An acupuncturist and a Confucian scholar, one of the most esteemed scholars being a palace scholar who had passed the most challenging test available set by the Emperor, which Han Yei Fong was and did, becoming the highest rank of Confucian scholar that you could aspire to be at the time.

This scholar wrote a book in which he explained that a Daoist monk came to him and said that it is time to reveal a Daoist secret healing technique. The monk Purple Aurora said “now is the time to publish a Daoist secret healing technique, which is called the Magic Needle” and he offered to show Han Yei Fong how to do it. He also gave the scholar permission to work on it with his apprentices if Han Yei Fong promised to publish the book and spread the word as far as possible.

Han Yei Fong published this book in 1717 and it immediately became a bestseller. This book had two parts, the first being a list of issues that could be treated (both chronic and acute.) The first part is a list of symptoms and diseases, which then explains how to heal these using this new rapid healing technique.

The second part was how the method was kept secret by the Daoists and how it was revealed by this mysterious monk. The author (Han Yei Fong) also wrote about a kind of acupuncture that was not dependent on the standard acupoints and meridians, yet rather it was based on the bi syndrome which describes how to get to the root of the pain, healing it. This way, the body no longer becomes stiff and painful around the affected area, which even allows the person to return to active life.

This method is called meridian dredging today but it’s particularly clear that this method was long ignored by acupuncturists doing standard acupuncture. Han Yei Fong revealed this other entire aspect of the art that is acupuncture, utilizing this bi syndrome.

Now I’ve also discovered this on my own, while guided by the empirical concepts of the points, meridians, and the three types of bi blockages.

The damp bi which contains a huge quantity of healing qi that became stuck, the blood bi that causes the muscles to stiffen up and hide the damp bi, burying it, causing it to be hard to find, then finally there is the wind bi, which is where you feel pain in another part of your body that was unrelated to the original injury. For example, when my humerus was broken I felt pain in my forearm. The pain distant from the break is called wind bi because pressing and rubbing the distant pain didn’t help alleviate it. The useful aspect of wind bi is it can help lead you to the damp and blood bi, allowing you to utilize the rapid healing techniques to alleviate the root of the pain.

Additional information on bi blockages and my studies are coming soon; However, in the meantime feel free to reach out via Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or Twitter–Let’s go on a journey of self-discovery together during these interesting times!

Safely Eliminating Pain in the Upper Body.

The Joining Valley acupoint otherwise known as Large Intestine 4 or Colon 4 is one of the most often misunderstood acupoints. In my video above I explain the most common misconception is locating the Joining Valley acupoint, (which I call the Great Eliminator) an example of this acupoint’s practical use in my life, and then I demonstrate how to utilize it.

In my experience as a teacher of acupressure techniques, when I start leading a class asking about how to eliminate headaches, my students will often advise that there is an acupoint where you need to put pressure on the webbing by pinching between the index finger and the thumb to help alleviate any pain you might be experiencing. Some even know its name, but they do not know how produce the sensation of Qi.

One of the core conventions of acupressure is utilizing the acupoints naturally in the body to restore the flow of Qi in a particular area, therefore eliminating the pain or other undesirable issues you experience due to your Qi being injured.

Now that you understand why this isn’t correct (as putting pressure there does not stimulate Qi), I will guide you how to find and properly utilize the Joining Valley acupressure point.

The Joining Valley acupressure point is actually well named since the name itself reveals the secret of how to press this acupoint for the strongest energy response. In particular the name Joining Valley advises how to position the hand to get the most powerful energy response by joining the thumb to the hand, making a mound with a valley.

The best way to locate LI.4 (the Joining Valley) on yourself is to place the palm of the hand you want to press on your stomach. As you close the space between your receiving hand and thumb, notice the mound of flesh on the back of the hand and the crease in the mound. Locate Co.4 at the end of the crease, near the middle of the mound. Keep the thumb against the hand as you press (MO). Place your pressing thumb on the end of the crease, massaging the mound of muscle against the bone of the hand.

Feel the muscle roll around under your thumb. Massage the muscle against the hand bone to feel for sore spots. What does the muscle feel like? Does it feel hard? Does it feel soft? Does it feel like stringy strands? Can you feel lumps in the muscle?

Important: Press this spot into the bone of the hand, slowly sliding the tip of your pressing thumb along the bone. Slide along the hand bone toward the index finger for a short distance and then toward the wrist. Slide back and forth until the most sensitive spot can be felt. Press firmly on this spot. This point may be very sensitive. Sensitivity can make it easy to find, but you will have to work slowly to achieve an energy sensation. When the point is not sensitive you will have to press harder to find it, but it is easier to get the energy sensation.

Moving Qi can be easy at this acupoint if you take your time. Stop and hold pressure on the acupoint. Does energy move outward from the point? It may travel to another spot in the hand or arm of the hand being pressed may feel a sensation move upward. The Qi sensation may be felt around the elbow or even the shoulder or head. When you increase the time the point is pressed, more varied sensations may be felt.

The Large Intestine meridian starts at the tip of the index finger. It passes along the side of the hand bone, (second metacarpal), the path dips into a depression in the large muscle. (dorsal interosseus) that forms the web of the thumb; this deep location near the middle of the hand bone is where LI. 4 (the Joining Valley) can be found. The meridian then passes between the tendons and muscles on the thumb side of the wrist and forearm on it’s way to the elbow.

The Large Intestine meridian crosses the elbow at LI.11, the shoulder at LI.15, the neck at LI.18 and ends on the face, next to the nose, at LI.20. The Large Intestine meridian includes points numbered LI.1 through LI.20, as well as Gv.14 and St.37. The meridian also passes into the trunk connecting with the lungs, colon and stomach. Areas along the path can benefit from stimulating LI.4.

LI.4 is an important healing acupoint associated with many body functions. Stimulate it to restore yang energy, to improve digestion, bowl elimination, and immunity. This point is also one of the easiest to use to create a Qi sensation that moves up the arm. Most people will be able to generate this sensation on themselves and others by remembering the secret given in the name Joining Valley.

A simple way to locate this acupoint is to grasp your partner’s left hand with your left hand, using your right thumb to press LI.4. Hold your partner’s thumb against the hand, look for the crease in the mound and press gently into the crease. Stroke (TUI) back and forth along the hand bone to zero in on the acupoint. Remember some people are quite tender here.

Key concepts to remember about LI.4:
Location: on the hand in the middle of the triangular web between the thumb and index finger
To find: first massage the web with your fingers, checking for tenderness. Then, hold the thumb against the side of the hand. Notice the crease in the mound. Press at the end of the crease into the mound against the hand bone of the index finger.
Deqi: up the arm to the elbow, shoulder and head and/or toward the fingers.
Use: Promote longevity. Detect difficulties with and improve Yang functions, including sensory organs, immunity and skin
Pain: all types (especially in the upper body i.e., headache and toothache)
Condition: constipation, diarrhea, rash, fever, common cold, sinus problems

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Strengthening Your Immune System Medicine Free?

In light of recent events, it is important more than ever to strengthen your immune system and take a step toward understanding your body. In this video, I instruct and then demonstrate how to use the acupoint The Great Defender to build your immunity. The acupoint I call The Great Defender has other names most commonly Large Intestine 10, or Colon 10.

You can even detect when the body is fighting disease because this acupoint will become sore. A day or more before symptoms occur, you will notice upon inspection that an increased soreness has developed, which is a good sign that your immune system is aware of the issue it is fighting against. In this case, I recommend that you take it easy and take appropriate supplements to give you that additional boost to your immune system. If you don’t, you will most likely contract a cold or the flu.

The Great Defender is four fingers away from the bony bump outside the elbow toward the thumb, To find this point on yourself, place your left hand on the right side of your navel, while lightly grasping the forearm with the right hand. With your right thumb stroke the thick muscles on top of the forearm, near the elbow. If you rub along the line from the elbow toward the thumb, you will feel muscles separate into two groups, which will allow you to feel the bone under the thick muscles.

Rub this point on yourself every day so when its sensitivity changes you will know your immune system is active.

To locate The Great Defender on a partner lying face up, place their hand on their abdomen and follow the same directions above. You can also leave their arm by their side but the hand must be palm upward. To locate The Great Defender on a partner lying face down, lift the arm by the elbow and place the hand above the head with the arm bent. With your partner’s hand held so that the thumb is up, feel for a separation on top of the forearm in the thick muscles near the elbow. Note: Some people have a line parallel to the elbow crease where this acupoint is located. Remember to hold the hand so the thumb is on top. If you are a more visual person, I recommend watching the video above!

With that being said, there is so much to learn about the human body and if you are interested in more content that is meant to guide you one step closer to a better understanding of the amazing bodies we live in, please keep up with us on social media so you can be sure you’re up to date on all the fun, informative content I’m set to release in the current weeks.

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