I took a fascinating weekend workshop with Susan Johnson in the fall last year.We learned 41 of her favorite Master Tung points.I had been working with Dr. Young’s Points Study book and while I was there I bought two more by him, his Theraputic System and the Illustrated Tung’s Point book.I became fascinated with the concept of the guiding point and started to see how Dr Tan had incorporated this into his treatments, for example using BL65 in the Tai Yang Shao Yin treamtent for back pain.
Since Susan wasn’t coming again until April I wasn’t sure how to proceed learning these points and I have to admit I let the books sit there for a while.Then I picked up the Points Study book and wrote in the English names for every one of the points from a Susan Johnson handout, only about half where listed in the book.This helped.Then I got a patient who had an extremely painful bone spur on the lower left back.I told him to bring some shorts to wear next time. I tried needling Center Nine Mile 88.25 along with the treatment I had been doing and he felt “a sense of euphoria” after the treatment and kept pacing slowly around the waiting room and talking about how good he felt. He would lift his cane up and walk without it a little. He has not had to take his PRN medication in over a week.
I got excited about learning these points so I proceeded to photocopy anatomical drawings of the leg and work on point location, I especially wanted to learn the Four Horses and Three Yellows points because those kept coming up in the Theraputic System book a lot.I drew out the cun measurements and figured out where these points are as well as the rest of the leg points that Susan taught.
Then I got a patiet with a brain tumor. I looked at the Tung Point Prescriptions document (which you can download in the acupuncture section of this site) under brain tumor.This document lists all the Tung points that can be used for a particular condition, I think it references every book on Tung in English.I just gave the patient a simple treatment of bilateral Three Weights 77.05 to 77.07, and Upper Tumor 55.06 and when she came for the second treatment she reported that she had not had any headaches that week!
I found it helpful that Susan Johson said that Tungs’ system can’t be taught in a linear fashion, so I have been working away at it little by little, sometimes working on point location on one of my volunteers or a friend, and other times making my way through Young’s Theraputic System, a book I am sure will become dog eared before too long.I have also found this website useful https://balancemethodacupuncture.com/ as a place where you can ask questions.
It has been exciting and intellectually challenging to learn and start to use these points.I am sure they will become like old friends after a while.