Neck Pain Protocols

Choice of neck pain protocols depends on where the pain is on the neck.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you want to really learn Master Tung Style Acupuncture I would encourage you to study with Susan Johnson or to take the excellent eLotus courses. They have a Master Tung certification path that is well worth the time and money.

Location of Pain Point Selections
Gallbladder channel – side of the neck San Zhong / Three Weights
Bladder channel – occipital area like a taiyang headache Qi Hu / Seven Tigers
Du channel – mid-sagittal line of the neck Finger Spine Needles
Neck and shoulder pain Palm Three Needles + Tu Shui
Double Son / Double Fairy
General cervical/neck pain Control the Spine
Jing Dian
Upper neck pain Scholar Three Needles
Herbal support

From the Evergreen family, I find that the Neck and Shoulder formulas work very well. Evergreen offers a chronic and acute version of this formula. Osteo 8 is also a great formula to help with bone degeneration, which is sometimes coupled with and will make neck strain more likely.

Traditional formulas include

  • Ge Gen Tang
    Generally used for wind, damp, and cold, this is a great classic formula for neck strain.
  • Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang
    This is a more modern formula for neck strain.
  • Zheng Gu Shui
    This is a topical for acute neck strain.
  • Die Da Jiu
    This is a topical for either acute or chronic neck strain. The recipe is below.


Die Da Jiu, a topical developed by Dr. Robert Chu, is also a great topical** for cervicalgia due to neck strain. It consists of these ingredients:

Cao Wu – 9g Chuan Wu – 9g Tain Nan Xing – 9g
Ru Xiang – 12g Mo Yao – 12g Chi Shao – 12g
Hong Hua – 9g Tao Ren – 9g Dan Gui Wei – 9g
Pu Huang – 9g Da Huang Tan – 9g San Qi – 12g
Xue Jie – 12g She Xiang – 0.5g


Toast all of the above in a toaster oven, crush or grind them into a powder, put it all in a clean glass jar, and add cheap vodka to fill it up. Seal and date the container and store it in a cool, dark place. Shake the bottle daily. Your topical should be ready in 2 weeks to a month if you crushed the herbs into a powder. If they are coarsely chopped, you will have wait 3 months for the extraction to finish.

You can strain off the herbs if you like, but you can also leave them hanging out in the bottom of the jar. The straining part is more important for tinctures and alcohol extractions that you are going to take internally….this is not an internal formula! Some of those ingredients are toxic. Don’t drink it. For real.

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