Master Tung's Points and Fascial Planes
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Recent research in the anatomy of connective tissue and fascia demonstrates a correlation with the acupuncture meridians.  The image shows a group of muscles that mirror the urinary bladder meridian, and which explain many of the actions of Master Tung's points.  

These muscles are part of what is known as the Superficial Back Line (SBL).

According to the extensive work of Tom Myers, the muscles on this line are interconnected through the fascia and connective tissues, and have both functional and structural relationships.

Master Tung's points on this fascial line include 77.01 - 77.04, and are known to treat neck pain, whiplash, and brain disorders.  

By applying a needle stimulus in the achilles tendon, mechanical signals are sent through the fascia that can help to release tension in the neck, upper spine, and brain.  

Knowing the Fascial Lines Gives Acupuncturists Many Benefits
  • Take the Guess Work Out of Point Selections

  • Understand Essential Muscle, Fascia and Connective Tissue Anatomy which Explains Meridians, Point Actions and Energetics

  • Learn How Different Points Influence the Various Layers of Muscles, Fascia, and Internal Organ Functions

  • Know What to Do When Your First Point Selections Don't Work

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This is the fastest way to learn Master Tung's points, while increasing your knowledge of anatomy.

Two primary group of points for low back pain on the hand are Ling Gu, Da Bai, Xia Bai (22.04, 22.05, 22.06) and 22.08 and 22.09. However, when do you use one group of points over another?  What do you do if the Ling Gu combination doesn't work?


Have you ever noticed that the Ling Gu combination is very good for most acute conditions of lumbar pain, but often less effective for chronic or severe disorders of the lumbar spine? 


Both the Ling Gu combination and 22.08 and 22.09 are indicated for lumbar pain; however, they work on different fascial planes.  The points 22.08 and 22.09 are also indicated for osteoarthritis, bone spurs, nephritis, and pyelonephritis.

From the image we can see that points on the LI and SJ meridians are on one fascial plane, while the SI points are on what we call the Deep Back Arm Line (DBAL).  The LI and SJ points are on what is called the Superficial Back Arm Line (SBAL).

Both Beginners and Advanced Level Students of Master Tung's System Will Make Rapid Advances

Learning the fascial planes will give you a whole new command of acupuncture and Master Tung's points.  You will no longer need to memorize countless point indications, and wonder what points you should select out of many options.  

By understanding fascial plane anatomy, diverse point indications for any single point will make sense.  You will be able to make the best point selections quickly, and in an integrative way that accounts for diverse patterns.  

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Fascial Planes also explain many concepts in Meridian Theory
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These two images show the SI / Deep Back Arm meridian and the UB /Superficial Back Line meridian.  These are also known as the  tai yang meridians, and are understood to have meeting points.  

From the images of these fascial planes, we can clearly see that the DBAL meets the SBL at the attachment points of the rhomboid and levator scapulae muscles on the spine.  This helps explain why a point like SI 3 is the confluent point for the DU meridian, and why SI 3 can be used for neck and back pain.  

Integrate various methods of pattern identification

Doing only one method of pattern identification, such as identifying only zang-fu syndromes, yields a one dimensional perspective.  However, if you integrate meridian based patterns, such as the Balance Method, it expands your diagnostic abilities.  

Similarly, by learning a fascial plane model, it allows for a three dimensional perspective that is easily integrated with the Balance Method and Zang-Fu.

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Integrating Fascial Plane anatomy with Master Tung's Points, and Dr. Tan's Six Systems, Will Give You a Whole New Command of Point Functions.

The course Master Tung's Points and Fascial Planes will give you ever greater insights into the locations, actions, and indications of these vital points.  

Whether you're at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level, this course will give you the tools and knowledge to improve your clinical results.  The course includes: 


  • In depth coverage of over 50 points

  • 6 PDF files on each of the fascial planes

  • 5 hours of audio recordings  

  • Immediate access to files

  • Email support 

Master Tung's Points &
Fascial Planes Course
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