What is master tung Acupuncture?

Master Tung acupuncture was until recently passed down through an oral tradition thought to have dated back to the Han dynasty (206 CE – 220 CE). The last descendant in this family lineage was Master Tung Ching Ch’ang, who was born in 1916 in Pingdu. Master Tung Ching Ch’ang has been referred to as one of the greatest acupuncturists to have lived. Until the communist revolution much of Chinese medicine and the way it was taught was through family lineages. Culturally this is how knowledge was transmitted, not just in medicine, but also in many other areas of Chinese culture such as martial arts and Feng Shui, from master to disciple. 

Master Tung Acupuncture is an extraordinary system, which is known for being very effective and which can on occasion produce instantaneous clinical results. This style is particularly renowned for treating pain. Unlike some approaches, which involve needling the area that is in distress, Tung Acupuncture uses distal points, which are often located far from the site of pain. An example is points that work very effectively for neck pain that are located on the Achilles tendon. Often the more distal the points, the more clinically effective they are. Once the needles are inserted distally the patient can be asked to move the area in pain to see whether there has been a change. With this system we don’t have to wait to see whether the treatment was helpful by asking the patient on the next visit. We are looking for an immediate change in their symptoms upon insertion of the needles.  

A major part of Tung acupuncture is the use of ‘pricking’ or blood-letting. Releasing a few drops of blood can be the fastest way of clearing heat, such as with a fever, for blood stagnation and paradoxically for treating blood deficiency. A major part of diagnosis in this system is based on palmistry and face reading. As a system heavily based on Dui Ying, or correspondence, in true Taoist thinking by observing or treating one part of the body, it is possible to gain information and treat the whole system. I believe we have a lot to gain from searching out these family systems, and the best way of preserving these traditions is by using them with our own patients to help alleviate suffering.

Master tung Syllabus

Master Tung Acupuncture

You will learn theory as well as practical experience of the points under supervision. Tung Acupuncture is well known for its quick and spontaneous results. It is commonly observed by practitioners of this style that noticeable effects can be often achieved in as little as 1 to 2 treatments, and involving very few points.

The complete Master Tung Bleeding

This is the most comprehensive course available on acupuncture bleeding techniques. It is arguably the most powerful treatment method that can be applied in Chinese Medicine. Bleeding is a major component of Master Tung Acupuncture, known for bringing about a rapid and often permanent therapeutic result.
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