In recent months student practitioners and colleagues have been asking numerous questions about Master Tung and why I practice this style of acupuncture.
The long story short is that in our college clinic seeing immediate awesome results wasn’t the norm. Sure, there were some nice and very nice results but not normally awesome, amazing or fantastic ones. My true acupuncture journey began upon graduating. I heard distant rumblings from across the pond about Master Tung whose style of acupuncture achieved amazing results. As a practitioner I truely wanted and still do want to help people to get better and remain well in the shortest time possible. For folk new to receiving acupuncture it just rocks to be able to let them see instantly what acupuncture has the potential to do for them, that in itself has converted a lot of my clinic folk to being regular attendees. My quest for great results lead me directly to distal needling acupuncture and more specifically Master Tung style.
Master Tung’s style acupuncture focuses on balancing Yin (Blood) and Yang (Qi) so it seldom relies on needling local points (Dr. Chuan-Min Wang,2013). It’s a simple yet effective way of keeping the Channels unobstructed by treating contralaterally and using acupuncture points below to treat above all of which are mentioned in ancient classics such as the Suwen.
I’ve had a lot of help on this learning journey in particular from books and seminars. If you feel you want to investigate this subject more (and I highly recommend it) check out the folk I credit with helping me.
Any (ok, I mean all) books and articles by Dr Wei Chieh Young, The practical atlas of Tung’s acupuncture by Henry McCann and Hans-Georg Ross . DVD’s, articles , webinars and seminars by Susan Johnson. The advanced Tung style acupuncture Dao Ma by James Maher The most recent acquisition to my collection is Introduction to Tung’s Acupuncture by Dr Chuan-Min Wang.
Online webinars by Dr Rober Chu, Susan Johnson, Esther Su, and Brad Whisnant. It knucles down to reading, watching and doing and reading some more, a lot of effort for sure, but the rewards have been totally inspiring.
Working with this style of acupuncture feels a bit like having reached a type of holy grail. To consistently get amazing results is like a double whammy for both the patient and practitioner. Perhaps in the future, UK acupuncture colleges will embrace and teach this method, the results absolutely speak volumes about the medicine and shouldn’t be ignored.