Master Tong's Acupuncture: An Ancient Alternative Style in Modern Clinical Practice

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This book is an introduction to the Tong family style of non-channel acupuncture. This system is believed to predate the Nei Jing (Inner Classic) and was kept alive over the centuries in Shandong Province. When Dr. Tong was forced to move to Taiwan in 1949, he decided to break with family tradition and openly publish what had been till then jealously guarded family secrets. This clinically efficacious system is based on the use of 23 points per treatment. It contains the locations, indications, and needling instructions of this system's unique repertoire of points with extensive commentary and case histories on their use by the famous contemporary Californian acupuncturist, Miriam Lee. Lee has been using this system with excellent results for more than three decades.

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We let this book go out of print for a couple of years because Miriam Lee had retired and no one was actively teaching this alternative system of acupuncture. However, in the last year or so, Richard Tan has begun offering seminars on this system throughout the United States. Therefore, due to the repeated requests of Dr. Tan's many students, we decided to put this book back into print. Happily, Dr. Tan graciously consented to write a Preface for this new edition.

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Tong Jing-chang was born into a family of acupuncturists in Shandong Province, China sometime near the beginning of this century. His family passed down a lineage of acupuncture purported to have originated before Qin Huang-di's burning of the books 2,200 years ago. The hallmarks of this family style are the use of a very few points per treatment, an emphasis on contralateral needling of one- sided pathologies, sophisticated five phase concepts, and a simple yet profound system of diagnosis.

Although many of the points described in this book are the same as in contemporary TCM acupuncture, they are not arranged by channels and they have different names. Many of these points are unique, extra-channel points not catalogued in current Chinese usage. These points can be extremely effective in clinical practice. Dr. Tong was regarded as one of the most famous and effective acupuncturists in Taiwan and Southeast Asia and his many students continue to keep this style alive in Taiwan.

In the 1970s, Miriam Lee, OMD, brought this style to the United States where she has gained the reputation of one of the most effective acupuncturists on the West Coast. Over the years, she has taught hundreds of acupuncturists this system. Now, for the first time, Dr. Tong's book of acupuncture is available in English supplemented by Dr. Lee's copious commentary and case histories. Acupuncturists of all styles will find this book both thought-provoking and clinically useful.

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