Category: Acupuncture

Private Practice

 By Michael Turk In 1980 I made a leap of faith, quit my job as an electronic engineer, and took a position teaching shiatsu at a San Diego massage school so I could follow my heart’s desire to help people. I rented a room at the school so I could start a private practice. I… Read more »

Five Interactive Emotions

Five Interactive Emotions By Michael Turk  Several years ago my office manager slumped into work with red-rimmed eyes on a gray, rainy day and announced, “I just came from the vet. Snoopy’s been hit by a car and he’s critical.” She sobbed, “I can’t work, but I hate to leave you in the lurch. I’m… Read more »

Science of Functional Mineral Balancing

The Art and Science of Functional Mineral Balancing Using HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) By Adrian Baume, L.Ac, MSTCM   What exactly is hair mineral analysis, and what can it do for me? Hair tissue mineral analysis (or HTMA for short) is pretty much what it sounds like—you clip a small hair sample from your… Read more »

Pain Proof Your Body

Pain Proof Your Body By Michael Turk It’s time to tell the scary truth: Pain is powerful. Consider its power to control humans. Punishment means pain. This works because humans avoid it. Different people have different levels of pain tolerance. Some people avoid pain and some develop pain-coping skills, but distressing pain cannot be ignored.… Read more »

2015: The Current State of Integrative Medicine in the United States

Heavenly Herbs and Acupuncture, Paradise, CA By Sheryl Sanchez, L.Ac. Integrative Health at the Federal Level In December 2014, the leading federal agency on research in integrative medicine, the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), was renamed the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).[1] In 1998,… Read more »

What Is Acupuncture?

By Higgy Lerner Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine-gauge stainless steel needles into points on the skin. It originated in ancient China thousands of years ago and spread throughout Asia and to Europe and the Americas. The many styles of acupuncture vary from those that barely touch the skin with the point of the… Read more »

How the Moxa Stick Came to America

By Michael Turk One of the least invasive but most effective means of relieving chronic pain is heat. Anyone can feel the healing, soothing effects by holding the hot end of a moxa stick over a sore spot. With repeated application, the lasting benefits outweigh the short time it takes to learn this Asian therapy… Read more »

Battlefield Medicine

By Michael Turk Battlefield acupuncture is proving to have positive results for wounded warriors. This is the story of two medical doctors who introduced a radically foreign (Chinese) treatment into a strictly conservative organization—an organization that values practical results over theory. In 1995, Colonel Richard Niemtzow began using acupuncture on armed forces personnel to reduce… Read more »

WHAT IS ACUMOXA?

Acumoxa is a method of treating disease developed by ancient Chinese doctors along with acupuncture and acupressure therapy. Moxibustion is the therapeutic use of heat to treat pain and weakness.

Feel the Qi

Today qi is commonly referred to as energy, yet qi is a mystery to modern science. In Chinese philosophy, qi is a subtle substance that pervades space.