I have finally completed the entire training of five weekends in New York city with Susan Johnson, finishing the final advanced weekend last month.It is so exciting for me to learn a new Master Tung point and see how it works!The latest point I have been using is Gallbladder 11.13 (opposite side as the pain) and Liv3 (on the same side as a guiding point) for knee pain.This worked really well on a patient who has an old knee injury from a skiing accident.I like being able to treat knee pain with only three needles!I have also been doing more cupping and bloodletting and I feel that it is possible to integrate these modalities into our style of practice, for one thing they don’t take all that much time.Cupping takes 10 minutes at the most, and bloodletting can be done very quickly.The best part about the cupping is that they usually feel much better right away.These two techniques work so well I can’t imagine doing without them.I did not get rid of my treatment table so I do the cupping on it in a room separate from the acupuncture room so people can disrobe privately.
In the last weekend of the workshop with Susan she went over treatment strategies and point combinations for various syndromes. Susan talks pretty fast sometimes so I am glad I had a friend who was recording everything and emailed me the transcript. I really enjoyed the part where we had a chance to locate and needle some of the commonly used points on another student under supervision so I can be exact about the point location.I am continuing to enter these treatment strategies into my Point Combinations for Master Tung cheat sheet where I list the point combos alphabetically by syndrome.If you want a copy please email me and I can send it to you.My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I must say that it is a daunting process learning all these new points and starting to use them, but it’s coming together for me little by little. I think the wintertime will be a good time to dive in deep and really start to master this system, I want to take it apart and understand it on a deep level. I haven’t really been thinking much about how revolutionary an approach this is but I got reminded of this when a TCM acupuncturist visited my clinic to see how it runs, she couldn’t believe it when I did a very deep needle in BL65 and Si3 so she asked lots of questions and I suggested that she start with Dr. Tan’s book Acupuncture 1,2,3 which she already had.I may have gotten a new recruit for CAN, she said she would at a look at the site!