The Wudang Mountain of Oakland, Ca

11102773_10155554716560092_1042208315289315891_n.jpgGrand Opening Ceremony, WuDang West Cultual Heritage Center | Oakland, CA | May 17, 2015
Photo By Alonzo Young

     Everyone has taken their seats for the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences  new acupuncture student orientation 2014 in Oakland, Ca. A tall 6′ 4″  man stoically walks into the room with long black hair neatly pulled back accompanied by a woman with a massive mane of dark brown curls reaching past her hips.  He takes a seat with the administration in front of us, their perspective students, and she sits silently off to the side. The program begins and each administrator stood and presented their information about the school in turn and the tall man sitting in the middle of the presenters stood, introduced himself as David Wei and presented the “Ba Gua” or “The Eight Directions” of basic movement to represent how Qi Gong is beneficial for long-term wellness. It was very impressive, I only knew of ‘Ba Gua’ to be a martial arts style from China, I didn’t realize it was also cardinal spinal directions — forward, backward, bend left, bend right, compress, expand, twist left, twist right. Little did I know that this day marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship with  David Wei, Najia Kaddoura, and the Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center.

     David was my Tai Chi instructor for the following trimester (acupuncture school holds classes three times a year rather than quarterly or by semester). Being a student of any one of his many classes gives free enterance to any of his other offered classes until the enrolled class ends. I joined his 7:30am morning Qigong gathering that happens six days a week which I still regularly attend. Because I practice Qigong daily, I have found my bodywork practice has flourished. I focus on the use of Tui-Na Chinese Medical Massage integration with Eastern and Western bodywork styles from the National Holistic Institute 900-hour Core curriculum. David has greatly related what I call “Master-Key Movement” Qigong that comes from the mountains of Wudang in China to the 5,000 year old style of massage, Tui-Na, which he has shared with us as a community via a four section workshop recenty held February 2016. 

     Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center is not a place for learning Chinse fighting techniques, it is a place to find a wellness community that believes the Chinese way of health integration into personal lifestyle is successfully capable of combating many of the annoying illnesses that occur more often in the American lifestyle or culture we are custom too with appropriate movement and nutrition. Orcanit borrows many of the principles found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Wudang West philosophy to create Tui-Na protocols that have shown significant results with paraformis-syndrome, tennis elbow, tendinitis, and frozen shoulder along side many other conditions alongside specific recommended Qigong movements for clients.

     I encourage anyone seeking a rewarding personal practice to checkout Wudang West: Mornings, 7:30am, at 2121 Harrison St. Oakland Ca, 94612 EXCEPT Sunday. Look for the group of people standing in a circle and feel free to join in!!

If you are interested to Try Tui-Na massage, book HERE Online scheduling

Mutulu Shakur: Intelligence On Point

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“I didn’t create T.H.U.G L.I.F.E., I diagnosed it.”

– Tupac Shakur

     Dr. Mutulu Shakur is the most interesting person who should be released from prison in 2016. He has a rich history and intriguing tale of passion, ambition, innovation, healing and mystery. According to mutulushakur.com, “Dr. Shakur was born on August 8, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland as Jeral Wayne Williams … Shakur’s political and social consciousness began to develop early in his life. His mother suffered not only from being Black and female, but was also blind. These elements constituted Shakur’s first confrontation with the state … Through this experience, Shakur learned that the system did not operate in the interests of Black people and that Black people must control the institutions that affect their lives.”

     Dr. Shakur became certified and licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of California in 1976. Dr. Shakur managed a detox program recognized as the largest and most effective of its kind by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Acupuncture Research Society (NARS) and the World Academic Society of Acupuncture (WASA).

     In March 1982, Dr. Shakur and 10 others were indicted by a federal grand jury under a set of U.S. conspiracy laws called “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization” (RICO) laws… Dr. Shakur was charged with conspiracy and participation in a paramilitary unit that carried out actual and attempted to ‘Robin Hood’ funds from several banks. In addition he was charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur who is now in exile in Cuba. After five years underground, Dr. Shakur was arrested on February 12, 1986 and was scheduled to be released on February 10, 2016 — 30 years later. Dr. Shakur is the father of six children. His nephew, Tupac Shakur, was assassinated in 1996. Before his death, they had extensive conversations despite Dr. Shakur being incarcerated.

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     Tupac made T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. very popular amongst rap fans across the globe. He came from education and an iron-clad support group who guided him thru his career and personal life. One of his greatest mentors was Mutulu Shakur. They devised alongside other Original Gangsters a Code of T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E, an instrumental tool to bond rival gangs in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, members of the Crips and Bloods signed the 26-item manifesto at the ‘Truce Picnic’ hosted by Tupac Shakur, creating unity on the Los Angeles streets for a time between the two most prevalent gangs at that time.

Their power to unify the Crips and Bloods demonstrated how devising a street code has undertones alluding to Mutulu Shakur’s wisdom with Chinese Medicine and the ability to diagnose sickness and execute an effective treatment plan. Tupac brought a voice to the people who protect the streets, to those witnesses and victims of brutality and cruelty.  Tupac and Mutulu created a foundation that could support the gangs of America to safely protect their hoods in the efforts to become independent of the powers that exercise oppression tactics and deliberately hurt People of Color.

Although our current society does not respect or even echo the phrases of their manifesto, it is still available and only needs some support from those who can respect what it can achieve. We could create a Nation of Color. A place of safety to respectfully be different and reinvent our experiences as Mealinated People of America.

I am leaving you with a Dr. Shakur quote from a telephone interview from Lompoc Federal Prison with Tyehimba Jess of WHBK Radio in Chicago (October 1992)

“…in order for us to understand what it is that we were fighting for, we must label what we’re for, and I’m fighting for a nation. A nation of New African people, not exclusively, but conclusively our nation that develops a culture that deals with our experience and a culture that will allow the exercise, creativity, the potential of every man, woman and child that enters our nation.”

– Mutulu Shakur

Read the full article about Mutulu Shakur here 

Thermographic Cameras for Acupuncture | The New Frontier

With the American medical field leaning toward a more integrated approach to healing, modern technology is finding its way into the practitioners office increasingly each day. As an aspiring Acupuncturist, looking at new ways to confirm the eccentric diagnosis tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine are only to the fields benefit when developing a practice. Unlike some approaches to modify 5,000 year old tongue and pulse diagnosis, Thermography only confirms the heat differences that might occur with pathogenic symptoms.

When looking at Qi dynamics, heat is a common description of the sensation given off when someone is experiencing its presence. When there is a fluctuation of heat in any given body region, it draws the attention of an acupuncturist and assist in narrowing the symptoms into a functional diagnosis. Using a thermographic camera can give insight as to how the Qi is either stagnant, over-abundant, lacking, or pooling in any given location. Shui-yin Lo, author of “Meridians in acupuncture and infrared imaging,” explains what meridians are and how Chinese Medicine could benefit from the use of tracking heat signatures. I believe thermography can help western analytical minds conceptualize this “fringe” concept of Qi by translating the art into science.

“Infrared imaging techniques have been used extensively for many years in medicine… The technique is particularly suitable for Chinese medicine, because the meridians are there to connect the surface with internal organs… The meridians are made up of electrically polarized molecules… that account for significant properties of meridians.”    – Shui-yin Lo


Now that we have established that Qi gives off heat and miridians or acupuncture channels connect the skins surface with deep internal organs, the opportunities are endless when creative esoteric healers utilize modernized tools and technological innovations. It’s exciting to be part of the healing world and also have a hand in tech because I can see the benefits on integrated medicine and look forward to utilizing thermography in my private practice.

To learn more about how thermography is revolutionizing preventive breast cancer screening, click here

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The Sleeping Prophet Does It Again: Blood Diagnosis

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Edgar Cayce, 1877-1945

     Edgar Cayce or “The Sleeping Prophet” has baffled the masses since his recorded public emergence in the early 1920s for his psychic abilities and his eerie accuracy with prophecy of future events. He is known as the father of Holistic Medicine in the western world and has revolutionized how me view many aspects of American health today. At his institute in Virgina, Association of Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) there are case studies organized and categorized by subject and date. There are ‘Seven Prophecies‘ in particular that have be declared true except for the one that follows:

“For, as is seen, there is no condition existent in a body that the reflection of same may not be traced in the blood supply, for not only does the blood stream carry the rebuilding forces to the body, it also takes the used forces and eliminates same through their proper channels in the various portions of the system… Hence there is ever seen in the blood stream the reflections or evidences of that condition being carried on in the physical body. The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body…”(Reading 283-2)

     Currently, blood tests are commonly used to diagnose diseases today including cancer, AIDS, diabetes, anemia, and coronary heart disease. Tests can evaluate the function of organs including the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart, and even screen for certain risk factors for heart disease.

On June 5th 2015, the Science Mag released an article, Vol. 348 no. 6239, about VirScan, a blood diagnosis tool, explaining how many different things it can detect.

“VirScan may prove to be an important tool for uncovering the effect of host-virome interactions on human health and disease and could easily be expanded to include new viruses as they are discovered, as well as other human pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.”

To simplify this AMAZING discovery, the NY Times has released an article about this discovery and explains how this new blood diagnosis will help the world to advance.

The test, which is still experimental, can be performed for as little as $25 and could become an important research tool for tracking patterns of disease… in different parts of the world…It could also be used to try to find out whether viruses, or the body’s immune response to them, contribute to chronic diseases.

Although the blood diagnosis tools are mainly for virus for now, there is endless opportunity for scientist and researchers to develop ways to utilize this technology. I do not have conclusions, only excitement for the future. This discovery proves that Edgar Cayce has struck again and concludes his notorious Seven Prophecies from the early 20th Century.

An Unexpected Treatment from Master Zhou Ting-Jue

It was a cold day, I woke up with lower back pain and did not want to leave my bed but I did for my mothers sake. The date was May 18, 2013 and we were headed to San Francisco where the 15th Annual Conference of Qigong & TCM was being held. I found the tickets on sell and thought why not? I did not have much experience with Qigong philosophy other than basics with my uncle who choose not to come along.

As we sat in the lectures and participated in the exercises, a small man entered the room with an interpreter who did not have much to say since he used few words. His name is Master Zhou Ting-Jue and is considered the “Jewel of China.” He opened a pack of foil, poured a glass of the communal water we had all partook from, and opened a pack of paper towels.

He then asked for six people to join him on stage so he may begin his demonstration. Naturally, I walked up and sat down next to five other people and he began his treatment.

After folding the foil, wrapping it in a paper towel then dipping it into the glass of water, he was ready to begin. He then placed the tool on each of our legs then it became VERY hot within moments. All he would do was wave his hand over his contraption.

He then paused when he got to my back and pushed me over! He placed the flat paper towel and foil on my back and low-behold, my back felt great after he emitted his qi into me. I was astounded. I was distracted. I was healed. He moved on after a few moments but the feeling did not leave me.

When I stood, I felt light and more alert. This sensation stuck with me for over a week and inspired me to train harder and to learn as much as I can about Traditional Chinese Medicine and its application with Qi.

If you want to learn more about practicing Qigong, please click here.