Acupuncture is based on the assumption that Qi courses through channels in the body just as streams and rivers ebb and flow across the surface of the earth. Every Organ Network has a corresponding set of channels. The acupuncture points are located in small depressions in the skin called “men” or “gates” where the channels come closest to the surface. In ancient times, when walls fortified cities, gates were opened to receive sustenance and closed to keep harm away. With acupuncture, the gates of the body are opened and closed to adjust circulation in the channels and expel noxious influences from them. Thin, solid, sterile stainless steel acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points to communicate from the outside to the inside. Acupuncture mobilizes Qi, Moisture, Blood, invigorating proper function of muscles, nerves, vessels, glands, and organs.
What is an Acupuncture Treatment Like?
How it Feels
Insertion of slender needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feel like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, traveling warmth, or heaviness. Sometimes people feel Qi moving at a distance from the point of insertion. Needles remain in place for twenty to forty minutes. Usually relaxation and an elevation of spirit accompany treatment. It is as normal to want to continue resting, as is it to be immediately energized. Some notice a relief of symptoms or feel more energetic in the days that follow the treatment. Most people are pleased to find that sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them. Because Chinese medicine reverberates in the body and spirit, it can be a catalyst for subtle yet far-reaching change.
What Acupuncture Can Treat
It would be most accurate to say that acupuncture treats disorders of Qi, Blood, and Moisture and disturbances of the Organ Networks – but this does not correspond to the Western vocabulary of named disease and conditions.
For more information see our list of Conditions on this site. Acupuncture can treat all of these conditions.
Master Tung’s Points are acupuncture points taught by Dr. Tung Ching Chang, as passed down to him through his family from Shandong, China, generation by generation for over 300 years.
Dr. Young Wei-Chieh and Dr. Miriam Lee, both students of Master Tung, brought the points to America.
How the points work
According to Master Tung, there are more than 740 extraordinary points, located on the hands, arms, legs, ears, head and face. Most of Dr. Tung’s points are located below the elbows and knees, illustrating his great understanding of the nervous system and brain connection.
Dr. Tung was the first to discover the striking effectiveness of using distal points on the opposite side of the body, while at the same time, actively moving the area of the desired effect. For example, the points “Beside Three Miles” are applied on the leg, opposite the side of the face that is experiencing trigeminal neuralgia. Then the face is either massaged, the chin moved or the teeth clenched and released. There is in the most cases, an immediate change. Or two other points “Ling Gu” and “Da Bai” can be applied on the side opposite to a painful sciatic nerve inflammation. The leg is the moved to assist the energy in making its way to the effected area.
I also want to pay attention to the five element relationship and the various organ systems. Many points will have an element in their name, which describes the way in which the point might work, like: “Wood Anger”, or “Wood Inflammation” Other points may not have an element named in the point, but the way in which the points function will be directly related to the Five Elements.
Another skill, for which Dr. Tung is famous, is his wide use of Bleeding Techniques. Bleeding of the “Toxin Points” on the outside edge of the scapula is very effective for cleaning toxins from the whole body. You would use this technique after chemical exposure of any kind, chemotherapy, pharmaceutical side effects, and especially itchy poison oak rash or heat stroke. The blood is easily replenished by the bone marrow. Through blood letting the body produces its own fresh, highly oxygenated blood, with a vitalizing effect to everything supplied by blood. This enhances circulation, which aids the detoxification of the entire body.
Master Tung’s points are successfully used in the treatment of: