Dr. Young & Tung's Acupuncture
Who is Master Tung?
Master Tung Ching Chang has been referred to as The Greatest Acupuncture Master who ever lived. He was born in the Shangdong Province in Northern China. When China was occupied by communists, he moved to Taiwan with Chang Kai-shek's army and settled in Taipei. He was a traditional Chinese physician famous for the miraculous and spontaneous results he would obtain by using few needles. The acupuncture points and techniques he used are unique while in accord to orthodox acupuncture. In most cases, the patient notices instant relief upon insertion of the needle. From 1953-1975, over 40,000 patient visited in his clinic.
Master Tung's Points were a treasured family secret, handed down and refined over generations. Master Tung was benevolent that he aimed at mass patients' benefits and decided to reveal his secret acupuncture system. He was the first one to break his family tradition and began to teach his acupuncture system to outsiders. He selected all his students, 73 of them, without any charge. He even offered boarding for students that needed it. Dr. Young, Wei-Chieh is one of the 73 students.
Tung vs. Dong ?
It has confused some practitioners why Master Tung is sometimes called Master Dong. Are they the same person? The reason for this is Master Tung originally took on the Wade-Giles romanization of his surname "董" before pinyin became popular. This is also the reason why Dr. Wei-Chieh Young is sometimes cited in books with the Wade-Giles romanized name Wei-Jie Yang. Though pinyin is the prefered romanziation method now, we still prefer to use Tung as the name was originally translated.
The world's premier doctor and author to have expanded on Master Tung's Acupuncture with theories and clinical experiences.
"Master Tung personally left behind only one book, Tung's Regular Meridian and Points. It was published by Taiwan's Hsin-Ya Publishing Company Ltd. in 1973. The book was orally dictated by Master Tung and transcribed by a fellow senior apprentice, Guo-Ben Yuan. Not long after Master Tung's passing in 1975, Hsin-Ya Publishing Company closed down and the book was discontinued. Master Tung's book briefly introduced some of his most commonly used points. But its illustrations lacked clarity, and the little information on the location and indication of points made it hard for the average person to accurately locate these points. It also provided no information on theoretical principles.
Since 1971, through in-depth study of Nei Jing, Nan Jing, Yi Jing, Zhen Jiao Jia Yi Jing, Zhen Jiao Da Cheng, and other classic Traditional Chinese Medicine texts; I successively created and developed "Chien Yin Needling Method", "Zhang Fu Bei Tong Theory", "Master Tung's Acupuncture Corresponding Needling Method", "Body Tissue Corresponding Needling Methods", and other needling techniques and theories. When applied to Tung's Acupuncture, it increases its effectiveness and widens its applications; explaining Tung's Acupuncture through theory builds a concrete foundation on which to guide practice. In the past 30 years, through innumerable personal clinical experience and unceasing research, indications for Tung's Points grew from five to averaging more than ten. Related theories developed from none to ten-plus, making this field of study more or less complete. Apart from research and making new developments, I spent my energies teaching and making known this discipline. I am proud to have taught so many excellent students.
This year marks 30 years since Master Tung's passing away. Tung's Acupuncture can be said to have gained popularity worldwide. Whether in China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, or America, it is highly valued and preferred by acupuncturists. Therefore a surge of people with claims to teach Tung's Acupuncture has also emerged. Among them those who have actually apprenticed under Master Tung or his direct disciples are very limited. Without systematic and strict clinical training under a master, it is doubtful that those instructors can accurately pass down Master Tung's Acupuncture. Even worse, some seminar attendants have plagiarized my work and discoveries calling and teaching them as their own. To prevent innocent readers from being misled and to protect my own rights, I am presenting a fact sheet of 35 years devoted to Tung's Acupuncture. It recalls my major research developments, findings, and teaching engagements.
I am grateful that master Tung accepted me as an apprentice all those years ago. Thinking back, I am even more grateful for his "silent teaching". He did not talk much, to his patients or to his students. Every time questions were raised to him, he would say, "Observe for yourself, then think about it." It was under this learning environment that I was encouraged to think freely and independently. It deepened the necessity for me to work hard on thinking creatively and towards uncharted territories. It is thanks to Master Tung that I reached the accomplishments I have today."
- Dr. Wei Chieh Young, 2006