Master Tung Acupuncture – Foundation Course

£850.00 £825.00

A complete system with its own channels, points, diagnostic methods and needling techniques, Master Tung style Acupuncture is renowned for its clinical efficacy. This style of treatment is gaining rapid popularity due to the immediacy of its success in treating pain, both acute and chronic.

The Foundations of Master Tung Acupuncture programme is structured to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of this style. This course will predominantly be delivered in person at the college in East Grinstead, with some online theoretical sessions as follows:

Thursday 18th April 2024 – 3 hour Zoom session
Thursday 25 April – 3hr Zoom session
Thursday 2 May – 3hr Zoom session
Friday 10 May – full day in-person 9am-6pm
Saturday 11 May – full day in-person 9am-6pm
Sunday 12 May – full day in-person 9am-6pm
Thursday 27th June – 2hr Zoom session

Please note this course is only open to professional acupuncturists subject to submission of proof of sufficient qualification and/or experience. Please send proof of eligibility to [email protected] for approval prior to booking.


For the second year running, following the fantastic feedback from last year’s students, Gil Ton and Shaun Goodman are returning to ICOM to teach the foundations of Master Tung’s Acupuncture.  This style of acupuncture is really gaining in popularity. It’s renowned for having excellent clinical outcomes and for giving results within just a couple of minutes. Patients need fewer treatments and practitioners often use very few needles.

The skills you will learn on this foundation course are sure to really enhance your Acupuncture practice.   Here’s what a previous participant said: “The practical tutoring by Shaun and Gil was exceptional. My needling skills and confidence have improved a lot and will continue to do so thanks to their kind, supportive and non-judgmental supervision.” 

Both teachers trained for several years in Taiwan, learning from the original lineage. There’s often a misconception that relegates Master Tung into a series of ‘special points’ which people can add into their treatments. What Gil and Shaun will teach you is the entire Master Tung system which will enable you to diagnose, understand and treat people using a style of acupuncture that produces remarkable results.   

That’s why the course consists of 38 hours, over a series of weeks, to enable you to learn in great depth how to use this complete system in its entirety. It is said that Master Tung treated over 400,000 patients as he established this style so this system is not something you can learn quickly on a one- or two-day course.   Here’s an overview of what you’ll learn: 

Foundation Course Course Content

The Foundations of Master Tung Acupuncture programme is structured to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of this style. It is divided into three engaging parts:

1 Introduction to Principles and Methods

In this first section, we delve into the essence of Master Tung acupuncture, setting the stage for your learning journey. You will explore: 

  • Tung Ching Chang – The Master Behind the Technique: Discover the fascinating background of Tung Ching Chang. This style of acupuncture was passed down over generations within the Tung family until Master Tung decided to share the knowledge with a small group of disciples.  
  • 14 Channels vs. 5 Zang Approach: Gain insights into the distinctive approach of Master Tung acupuncture and how it differs from TCM. Both channels and treating the 5 Zang are hallmarks in Master Tung’s approach.  
  • The Twelve Zones in the Body: Alongside channels, Master Tung Acupuncture uses a series of twelve zones to divide the human body. Points are grouped by body area so for example 1-1 tells you the points are on the fingers.  
  • The Shen Jing Concept: Learn about the concept of Shen Jing, a fundamental aspect of Master Tung acupuncture as this theory targets the root of the pain. It’s often translated as the “reaction zones”. 
  • The Dao Ma Needle Technique: Learn the art of Dao Ma needle technique, a precise and effective method that distinguishes Master Tung acupuncture from other modalities. It is known for its ability to generate greater levels of de qi which is one of the unique aspects of this style.  
  • The Dong Qi Method: Explore the intricacies of the Dong Qi method, an advanced technique that enhances the therapeutic impact of acupuncture. Master Tung believed that the quicker and stronger the de qi, the better the clinical outcome will be. 
  • Long Retention of Needles: Discover the benefits of prolonged needle retention and how it can be applied to enhance the healing process. Often needles are retained for 40 minutes but some Tung practitioner’s even leave needles in for hours if required.  
  • Holographic Needling: Unveil the mysteries of holographic needling, a technique that taps into the interconnectedness of the body’s meridians. There is the concept of “Up Down Right Left Balancing Method” so for example 22-2 on the right-hand side can be used to treat plantar fasciitis on the left foot. 
  • Guiding Needling Technique and Zang Fu Bie Tong Method: Master the art of guiding needling and the Zang Fu Bie Tong method, essential tools in the Master Tung acupuncture repertoire.  
2 The Most Commonly Used Points

The second part of the course focuses on familiarising you with the most frequently used acupuncture points within the twelve zones. You’ll explore points in zones 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10, gaining practical insights into their applications and therapeutic combinations.  This includes learning things such as the: 

  • Name 
  • Location 
  • Shen Jing 
  • Indications 
  • Combinations 
3 Demonstrations and Practice

You will now be able to put your new knowledge into action as you participate in hands-on demonstrations and practice sessions. Each zone will be explored and practiced, ensuring you are well-prepared to apply Master Tung acupuncture with confidence. 

Course Delivery

The course will be delivered through a mixture of online and in-person sessions as follows: 

  • 3 Zoom Meetings (3 hours each).  This covers the introduction and methods alongside looking at Zones 11 and 22. These will be held on Thursdays 18, 25 April and 2 May 2024
  • 3 days in person at ICOM in East Grinstead covering the other zones and getting practical experience. On the first day we will cover zones 33 and 44 and do a lot of practice. The second and third day we cover the others and do further practice too. These take place over a long weekend on May 10-12 2024 at The International College of Oriental Medicine, Van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DZ
  • A final Zoom meeting for 2 hours to cover Q&A and have any further discussions on Thursday 27th June 2024.

The course has been designed to ensure that you get ample time to learn, practice and play with Master Tung’s style of acupuncture. With over 38 hours of teaching, there are few courses teaching this level of content and depth. We are really keen for you to understand how to use Master Tung as an entire framework for treatment rather than just adding points for their therapeutic effect without understanding why.

Our aim is to create an community of Master Tung practitioners that supports one another in adopting this incredible style of acupuncture even after the course has finished. That’s why we have both Facebook and WhatsApp group communities of practice to help people embed what they have learned. This has been previously much loved and well used by students of the Master Tung course. 

Places are limited – participants must commit to the entire course as the learning and applications are cumulative. Please book early to guarantee your place.

To take this seminar you don’t need to have a background in Master Tung’s Acupuncture but you need to meet the entry requirements below.


This course is open to professional acupuncturists from colleges accredited by the British Acupuncture Council or equivalent educational level. This is subject to submission of proof of sufficient qualification and/or experience. Any experiential learning (e.g. practice under the auspices of a reputable professional association) will be taken into consideration on a case by case basis. Please send proof of eligibility or enquire to [email protected] for approval prior to booking.


Cost for 38 hours of tuition: £850. Early bird price £825 (if you book before 31 December 2023)

Payments in monthly instalments will be considered but the final payment must be received by 11 April in order to participate in the course. Please email [email protected] for more details

Course Feedback

It is not just us that think this is a great course. Here is a sample of what some of the students from last year said: 

“The practical tutoring by Shaun and Gil was exceptional. My needling skills and confidence have improved a lot and will continue to do so thanks to their kind, supportive and non-judgemental supervision.” 

“Experts sharing many clinical tips that work, with passion and dedication” 

“I loved the sheer volume of new knowledge. Great lecturers!”

“Very knowledgeable teachers, both on theory and practice.”

Listen to Shaun Goodman explain the difference between the different approaches in Tung style Acupuncture in his podcast, Tung Talk, available on Apple and Spotify. Gil Ton also gives an excellent introduction to the Tung Acupuncture system in the video below.

About The Teachers

Seminars will be taught by two experienced practitioner lecturers; Dr Gil Ton and Shaun Goodman. Two teachers ensures maximum individual attention and support to participants. Gil Ton PhD AcupuncturistDr Gil Ton Ph.D. is a Chinese medicine practitioner, researcher and international lecturer. He has lived in Asia for a total of 7 years, in which he gained extensive and unique academic and clinical practice experience in Acupuncture. In the years 2011-2012, he studied the Medical Theory of Channels and collaterals with the late Professor Wang Ju-Yi (王居易) in Beijing, China. In the years 2015- 2021 he lived in Taiwan and completed his postgraduate degrees. He studied Taiwan Master Tung Acupuncture with Professor Lee Kuo Cheng (李國政) and worked as a lecturer and research fellow at the Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Shaun Goodman, Dipl.Ac. IATCM. graduated as a Chinese Medicine practitioner in 1995 and since then has been practicing acupuncture at an Acupuncture Centre near Jerusalem. During the last 15 years he has studied and practiced the clinical application of Channel Theory and Master Tung Acupuncture. He studied Master Tung Acupuncture with Professor Lee Kuo Cheng (李國政), a student of Hu Wen Zhi in Taiwan. Shaun taught for 18 years several Acupuncture related courses at Reidman International College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He teaches advanced classes in Acupuncture for practitioners of Chinese Medicine, Channel Theory, Master Tung’s Acupuncture, and bloodletting in Israel and abroad.


Cancellation policy for CPD course bookings at ICOM
  • Refunds for cancellations two or more months before the course commencement will incur a 15% administration fee. 
  • Refunds for cancellations between two months and two weeks before the course commencement will incur a 25% administration fee. 
  • Refunds for cancellations two weeks before the course commencement will incur a 50% administration fee. 
  • No refund will be given for no shows or cancellations upon the course commencement. 
  • Any amount overpaid by the student will automatically be refunded to the student’s account. 

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