Master Tung Acupuncture
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Master Tung Acupuncture, also called Tung’s Magic Points, is a style of acupuncture that was developed from old family systems that existed prior to the Chinese Culture Revolution. Though critics claim it is merely a series of extra points, it is actually heavily based in channel theory, often in ways that are not covered in TCM school.
Master Tung acupuncture uses distal points and focuses heavily on the interrelation between channels and on body imaging or mirroring. Fewer points are used than in TCM with highly effective results for most patients. The magic comes from understanding channel relationship and how to craft your own unique solutions using Tung’s points.
If you’re new to this kind of needling philosophy and practice, you might be best served by beginning your study with Dr. Richard Tan’s balance methods and styles. The principles you learn there will help you understand why Dr. Tung’s points are located where they are and how the channels work together.
There is not a completely comprensive guide to the Tung points. Dr. Maher’s and Dr. Young’s vary in places. If you study with Dr. Robert Chu (whom I will freely admit I kind of idolize), or Dr. Brad Whisnant, or others you will find this same variety. None of them are wrong. There are just a bunch of ways to do good needling. Open your minds, start your course of study, and get busy!
I certainly don’t claim to be an expert. If you’re looking for one of those, or if you really want to learn this extremely effective style of acupuncture, I’d encourage you to study with Dr. Susan Johnson, read Dr. Wei Young’s books (therapeutic system and discussion on how it works and the points study), or with eLotus.org, which is the education arm of Evergreen Herbs. eLotus offers a certification path to Master Tung acupuncture that takes you in a logical sequence from beginner to deeper understanding.
Points, primary locations, pics, indications, best clinical uses, and notes to help you understand.
Common point combinations to treat various ailments and complaints.