Tung Style Acupuncture holds a preeminent position in the acupuncture circles on Taiwan, the Republic of China (R.O.C.). It is vastly different from the 'Traditional Chinese Medicine' (TCM) style of acupuncture that is currently practiced in the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.) and widely taught in the TCM medical colleges throughout the world. The Tung Style has been reported to predate the Huang Di Nei Jing.
Tung Style Acupuncture was brought to Taiwan from mainland China by Master Tung Ching-Chang in 1949 when he left China with the Kuomingtang (KMT) army under General Chiang Kai-Shek. His acupuncture style was thus spared from the synthesis of the 'New Medicine' engendered as a consequence of the 1958 dictum by P.R.C. Chairman Mao Ze-Dong to create a 'New Medicine', i.e. to unify the 'best' parts of Western and Chinese medicine. Ergo, the Tung Style escaped the efforts to compel acupuncture to conform to the model espoused by the TCM herbalists who had been assigned to the task of inventing this 'New Medicine' - forcing the proverbial 'square peg into a round hole'.
As a system, Tung Style Acupuncture does not necessitate the use of the diagnostic methods or terminology adopted by contemporary, herbalist-driven TCM acupuncture - it is, therefore, well suited for use by non-TCM trained clinicians. It has been clinically proven very effective and is rapidly gaining in popularity all over the globe. Tung Style Acupuncture uses points different from those found in most present-day TCM acupuncture texts. While many of the Tung points are found on the twelve regular channels, they are, however, in distinct locations from the 360+ points presented in the aforementioned TCM acupuncture texts. They are, also, largely distinct from the miscellaneous 'extra' or 'non-channel' points described in most contemporary TCM acupuncture texts. Additionally, the number of points required to successfully ameliorate any given ailment is fewer than that required in most current TCM acupuncture texts to treat the same malady.
Introduction to Tung Style Acupuncture: