Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has evolved over the centuries. It is believed that the first “needles” were no more than just thin slivers of bone and later in the development of mankind, the first true needles were made from silver and gold. These first needles were made by roughly rolling out the melted metal onto flat rocks. Then came bronze needles and later iron. The stainless steel needles that we use today have only been used since the post war period when technology was able to manufacture them.
Traditionally the knowledge of acupuncture was passed down within the family and various families experience and observation was added to and improved upon. There are a number of family lineages alive and well today each with their own secrets and advantages.
Master Tung did not have family to pass on the knowledge to and gratefully passed on his experience and skills to a number of students who were eager to learn from him.
In western medical terms endometriosis is where tissue that is normally inside the uterus starts to grow outside the uterus involving ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvis. Commonly thought to be due reverse flow of menstrual blood ties in with the traditional Chinese medicine thought of blood stasis. There is a saying in Chinese medicine that says ” Blood stasis causes all problems or complicates all problems“.
Specifically then, endometriosis from a traditional Chinese medicine point of view is classified as being part of “menstrual pain syndrome” complicated with blood stasis and then leading to formation of abdominal lumps.
Simply put, where there is blockage, there is pain.
The strategy behind acupuncture treating endometriosis is to promote qi (energy) and blood circulation which then stops pain. In modern medicine, hormones are thought to play a role in endometriosis which is loosely the equivalent of an imbalance with the chong (penetrating) meridian. The immune system also may may play a role in endometriosis which can be compared to the zheng qi which is sometimes translated as the upright qi.
In China it is common practice to treat this endometriosis with Chinese herbs and/or acupuncture and follow up examination with ultra sound has demonstrated reversal of the tissue.
There are many traditional acupuncture and herbal strategies that could be selected to treat endometriosis, one of which is using Master Tung’s Acupuncture Style.
Master Tung’s method may use some of the unique points as per below
- Fu ku 11.24
- Hou Ying 66.03
- Hou zhu 66.04
- San Zhong 77.05, 06, 07
Some of these points are situated on the leg. There are other commonly used acupuncture on the legs and feet also used in endometriosis and other gynecology problems including san yin jiao Spleen 6, Spleen 8 di ji and tai chong Liver 3.
Kane Monrad, an acupuncturist who practices in Hamilton almost exclusively uses Master Tung’s acupuncture technique methods says “The beauty about using Master Tung’s acupuncture point system is that I often don’t have to use many points to help relieve the pain of endometriosis”
Practitioner members of Acupuncture New Zealand are able to learn about Master Tung’s Acupuncture Style by attending seminars organized by The Acupuncture Clinic and Kinetic Distributions to be presented at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM in Auckland in December 2021. Contact me for more details.