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A Brief History of Master Tung Acupuncture & Dr. Young Wei Chieh

Over the past 15 years, the international acupuncture community has become aware of the system of acupuncture knows as Master Tung Acupuncture. The Master Tung system can be traced back to Master Tung Ching Ch'ang, a brilliant acupuncturist who fled to Taiwan from Mainland China as the communists were taking control of China. When Master Tung left China, he took with him the book which contained his family's secret acupuncture system; over the years, Master Tung added his own findings to this system, turning it into a complete system of acupuncture. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Master Tung Ching Ch'ang decided that the time had come to teach his family's acupuncture system to outsiders, and in 1973 he published the first book revealing the Master Tung point system: Master Tung's Upright System of Extra Points (Dong Shi Zheng Jing Qi Xue).


While Master Tung Ching Ch'ang taught numerous students over the years, it was only to those students who studied with him in the late 1960s and early 1970s that he taught the Master Tung family acupuncture system. In the earlier years, Master Tung primarily used acupuncture points from the classic 14-channel system, and this is what he taught to his students from those years. Dr. Young Wi Chieh studied very closely with Master Tung during this later part of Master Tung's career, learning both 14-channel and Tung style acupuncture systems from the great master, becoming Master Tung's closest disciple.


About Dr. Young Wei Chieh


Dr. Young Wei Chieh, born in Shandong, China, grew up in Taiwan, and began learning Chinese Medicine at a young age from within his own family. After spending many years studying acupuncture with Master Tung, in 1975, Dr. Young published an acupuncture text titled Zhen Jiu Jing Wei, in which he detailed many of the principles of the Master Tung system of acupuncture. Master Tung read and approved this text before he passed on in 1975.


In 1980, Dr. Young published the text Master Tung Acupuncture, giving much more detailed explanations of this system of acupuncture. In 1986, Dr. Young came to the United States at the invitation of Miriam Lee, obm, whom Dr. Young had tutored when she came to Taiwan to learn with Master Tung. For six months in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Young gave bi-weekly lectures in the Mas