Center for East Asian Medicine


Introduction to Master Tung’s Orthodox Acupuncture System
& Clinical Applications of I Ching Balance Methods and Channel Theory

Description: (28 hours) This is taught over the course of two weekends. 10:00am - 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday (12 hours per weekend) $420.00 (390 euros + VAT)

Tung Ching Ch’ang (1916-1975) was known as one of the best 4 Chinese physicians in Taiwan. Born in China in 1916, he left permanently for the island of Taiwan just as the Maoists were establishing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 on the mainland.

He learned acupuncture at the footsteps of his father which was a unique family system passed down through 11 generations from father to son. Retreating to Taiwan where a new seat of the Republic of China (ROC) was being established, he joined the army during this tumultuous time and fought against the Japanese during the dawn of WW II, in addition to fighting against the Maoists during the Nationalistic Communist Civil War. After he retired from military service, he opened up a private acupuncture clinic and became very well known and was called upon by many high ranking officials. To preserve his family lineage for the benefit of future generations, he decided to break tradition and train people outside of his family lineage. During his lifetime, he trained 73 students in the entire body of knowledge of this simple, easy, and effective acupuncture system. Two of his most famous disciples are currently on the teaching circuit in California – Dr. Wei-Chieh Young and Dr. Chuan-Min Wang both of who continue to pass on the lineage through their professional development training to thousands of practitioners of Chinese medicine worldwide.

The most prominent feature of Tung’s acupuncture is the extensive use of points not found in the dominant systems of Chinese medicine. Instead of using the 12 regular meridians, he uses 12 anatomical zones that clearly function as a micro-system. Each zone has its own set of points and a unique numbering system. There are a total of over 700 points of which 40-100 are commonly used clinically.

Tung family acupuncture is gaining popularity in the modern world because of the quick results and use of few needles (Dao Ma needling sequence). The current trend in Chinese Medicine profession has been shifting from a more modern TCM movement of streamlined terminology and theory using ‘experiential points’ with an emphasis on organs and syndromes to a more classical acupuncture approach utilizing the channels as a physiological system as a whole. To ‘grasp’ the theoretical foundations of Chinese medicine one must dive deeply into basic channel theory. Master Tung’s acupuncture does exactly this! It is a system that every contemporary practitioner of Chinese medicine should have in their bank of knowledge. Basic channel theory is the fundamental pillar and the core of Classical Acupuncture.

Course Objectives:

This is an introductory beginning level course. The student will learn the clinical applications using the following 3 main Classical Channel Theory Systems …

• History and Theoretical Systems of Tung Acupuncture
o The Anatomical System (Six Channel Theory)
o The Bie Jing / Branching Channel System (Zang Fu Bei Tong Theory)
o The Biao-Li or Interior/Exterior System
Plus the…
• Origins of Oriental Philosophy and the Development of the 8 Gua
• Attributes and Symbols of the 8 Gua
• Circular Arrangements
o Fu Xie’s Early Heaven
o King Wen’s Later Heaven
• Mysteries of the He Tu and Lo Shu
• Clinical Applications of the 9 Stars of the Magic Square
• Theoretical Basis of Point Selection, Point Location, and Point Indication
• 12 principal anatomical acupuncture zones (Plus the “Top 10 Point Patterns Most Often Used in Clinic”). This should serve as an introduction to “Dao Ma” needling sequence.

o Finger as area ZONE 11

11:06 Huan Chao (Return to the Nest)
11:24 Fu Ke (Gynecological)
11:17 Mu (Wood Anger)
11:20 Mu Yan (Wood Inflammation)
11:27 Wu Hu (Five Tigers)
A.04 San Cha San (San Cha Three)
A.05 Xiao Jie (Small Joint)

o Palm/Dorsal hand as area ZONE 22

22:01 Chong Zi (Double Child)
22:02 Chong Xian (Double Fairy)
22:04 Da Bai (Great White)
22:05 Ling Gu (Spirit Bone)
22:06 Zhong Bai (Middle White)
22:07 Xia Bai (Lower White)
22:08 Wan Shun Yi (Wrist Prosperous One)
22:09 Wan Shun Er (Wrist Prosperous Two)

o Forearm as area ZONE 33

33:10 Chang Men (Intestine Gate)
33:11 Gan Men (Liver Gate)
33:12 Xin Men (Heart Gate)
33:16 Qu Ling (Curve Mound)

o Arm as area ZONE 44

o Sole of Foot as area ZONE 55
55:02, 55:03, 55:04, 55:05 Hua Gui Yi (Flower Bone One)
o Dorsal Foot as area ZONE 66
66:01 Hai Bao (Seal)
66:02 Mu Fu (Wood Wife)
66:03 Huo Ying (Fire Hardness)
66:04 Huo Zhu (Fire Master)
66:05 Men Jin (Golden Gate)
66:11 Huo Ju (Fire Chrysanthemum)

o Leg as area ZONE 77

77:01, 77:02 (Correct Tendons)
77:05 Yi Zhong, 77:06 Er Zhong, 77:07 San Zhong (Three Weights)
77:08 Si Hua Shang, 77:09 Si Hua Zhong, (Four Flowers)
77:17 Tian Huang, 77:19 Di Huang, 77:21Ren Huang (3 Emperors)
77:18 Shen Guan (Kidney Gate)
(Three Emperors)
77:22 Ce San Li, 77:23 Xia San Li (Beside 3 Miles)

o Thigh as area ZONE 88

88:12 Ming Huang, 88:13 Tian Huang, 88:14 Qi Huang (3 Yellows)
88:17 Si Ma Zhong, 88:18 Si Ma Shang, 88:19 (Four Horses)
88:25 Zhong Jui Li (Center Nine Mile)

o Ear as area ZONE 99

o Head/Face as area ZONE 1010

o Back as area - ZONE - DT

o Chest/Abdomen as area – ZONE - VT

Methods: Lectures, Demonstrations, and Class Participation is required.

Please Note: This is an introductory course. Deeper exploration of the anatomical zones and point locations will be necessary to complete the system of learning for understanding how to treat a multitude of conditions and diseases. These point patterns listed above should only serve as a basic introduction to wet the student’s appetite for further and more advanced study.

Recommended Reading:

Young WC, Lectures on Tung’s Acupuncture: Points Study. Rowland Heights, CA: American Chinese Cultural Medical Center, 2008a

Young WC, Lectures on Tung’s Acupuncture: Therapeutics. Rowland Heights, CA: American Chinese Cultural Medical Center 2008b