Armed with the wisdom inherited from his ancestors, Master Tung rebuilt his family’s art and vastly expanded upon it. Tung’s acupuncture is not just a collection of experiential points; it’s a complete acupuncture tradition that predates the traditional 14 channels system. The origin and principle of each of Master Tung’s points follow the law of the five elements (wu xing) and the five zang (wu zang) channels. Each point has its own pathway which directly connects to the five zang (and six fu). For instance, Gate Pathway (88.01, Tong Guan) directly connects to the heart; Four Horses Center (88.17, Si Ma Zhong) directly connects to the lung; Kidney Pathway (88.09, Tong Shen) directly connects to the kidney; and Bright Yellow (88.12, Ming Huang) directly connects to the liver.
English translations of Master Tung’s texts generally use the term “reaction area” to relate the information regarding the five zang channels. In reality, this term is not accurate and was chosen because there is no Western equivalent to the so-called “nerves” listed in Master Tung’s anatomy. Furthermore, in most of Tung’s acupuncture texts available in English, the authors have added additional Western anatomical designations, non-existent in Master Tung’s original works. Although interesting from a Western medical perspective, this direction of study further obscures the inner workings of the Tung family system.
We owe Master Tung a tremendous amount of gratitude for his life long commitment, dedication, and willingness to teach. Without him, this profound acupuncture art would have become a lost treasure of Chinese medicine, unavailable to future generations.