Category Archives: Tuina

Zhao Hai – K-06

English translation: Shining Sea

International identity number: K-06, Kd-06, KI-06, Kid-06, Kidney 6

Point Associations:

  • Master point of the Yin Qiao Mai (Yin Heel vessel), (couple with Lieque Lu-07)

Location:

In the depression of the lower border of the medial malleolus, or 1 cun below the medial malleolus.

Functions:

  • Nourishes Yin
  • Benefits the eyes
  • Calms the Mind (Shen)
  • Invigorates the Yin Qiao Mai (Heel Vessel)
  • Cools Blood,
  • Benefits the throat
  • Promotes the function of the uterus
  • Opens the chest
  • Nourishes the Kidneys and clears Empty Heat (Deficiency Heat)
  • Regulates the lower Jiao

Zhao Hai (K-06) is the primary point to nourish Kidney Yin, which nourishes total Yin of ther body and as such is included in nearly every prescription of points when the practitioner wants to nourish Yin. It is used to benefit the throat from any pathology and especially when there is dryness or Yin deficiency. It is combined with Lei Que (Lu-07) to reconnect Lungs with Kidney to treat the grasping function of the Kidneys when there is inability to “catch the breath”.  It is also used for constipation especially when due to Kidney Deficiency. YOU can also use it to treat night time fears and fright.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

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Poster – Five Elements / Phases – Wu Xing


 

Five Elements/Phases

By Jamu shur in Healthy Posters

2 pages, published 2/14/2014

The Five Elements/Phases, translated from Wu Xing, is an exceptional ancient form of traditional medicine. This poster stays true to the original texts of the Wu Xing masters who used this method to treat a wide variety of conditions.It contains the Wu Xing acupoints of the 12 Zang Fu Organs and the Mother and Child acupoints (Tonification and Sedation points).Also included is the Horary Clock which is used to diagnose and treat the Patterns…

Yin Tang

English translation: Hall of Seal

Location: is located Midway between the medial ends of the eyebrow

Functions:
Calms the Mind, Eliminates Wind, Stops convulsions, Promotes sleep,
Yin Tang is one of the most popularly used acupoints on the body. This point lies midway between the inside edges of the eyebrows, in the area designated by many cultures as the “third eye”.

Yin tang is an Extra point meaning that it does not belong to any particular organ or meridian. It is one of many “Extra” acupuncture points that have been recorded over the centuries to have very specific functions. It is interesting that it is can be found on the Ren meridian yet does not have an Ren number, unlike most acupoints that lie along meridians (like the Heart or Spleen meridian).

Yin Tang has a very powerful action of calming the mind and is used to treat symptoms like insomnia, anxiety and feelings of agitation. Yin Tang is often used to treat nasal and sinus congestion, rhinitis (runny nose), and nose bleed.

Yin Tang, because of its location close to the eyes, it can be used to treat eye disorders and can be stimulated very easily by Tuina or acupressure. Be careful not to press too hard, gently rubbing of the acupoint often brings on calmness, peace and will increase circulation to the eyes. Yin Tang is an excellent acupoint to treat the eyes, headaches, and stress.

Yin Tang is also used to treat hypertension and dizziness and has cosmetic value as it is often used as part of facial rejuvenation.
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Zu San Li

English translation: Leg Three Miles

International identity number: St-36 or Stomach 36

Location: is located just one finger breath off the upper shin. It’s found about a width of the hand below the patella border, just outside the prominent tibia bone (see picture inset).

Zu san Li (St-36) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

You can also find it yourself, by sliding the tip of your finger up along the outside of the tibia until you feel a depression of soft muscle.

The Qi-point can have a strong sensation when pressure is applied, that does not ease after about 30 seconds.

Functions:
Benefits Stomach and Spleen, Tonifies Qi and Blood, Dispels Cold, Strengthens the body, Brightens the eyes, Regulates Ying and Wei Qi, Regulates the Intestines, Raises Yang,

Ancient physicians said working on this point could treat all diseases.
Chinese foot soldiers used to halt every three miles and massage Stomach 36 for renewed energy.
Restores and builds energy in the stomach and spleen.
Strengthens the stomach and improves digestion.
Indicated for all digestive disturbances including gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.
Alleviates abdominal pain, distention, coldness and numbness in the legs.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

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Yang Ling Quan

English translation: Yang Mount Spring

International identity number: GB-34 or Gall Bladder 34

Location: Yang Ling Quan is located just below the knee on the lateral (little toe) side of the leg (see enclosed image).

To find it yourself, slide your finger up the outside of your leg until you hit a bony prominence. That’s the head of your fibula bone, and Yang Ling Quan is located just slightly in front of and below where the bone protrudes.

Functions:
Promotes the smooth flow of Liver Qi, Resolves Damp Heat, Removes obstructions from the channel, Relaxes the sinews, Subdues rebellious Qi,

Yang Ling Quan (GB-34) is one of Ma Dan Yang’s ‘Twelve Heavenly Star Points’, long considered the pre-eminent list of the most important acupuncture points.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.

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San Yin Jiao

English translation: Three Yin Intersection. This is the meeting point of the three Yin channels (spleen, kidney and liver).

International identity number: Sp-06 or Spleen 06

IMPORTANT: This point is prohibited for use during pregnancy

Location: on the inside of the lower leg, 4 finger width above the malleolus (or ankle bone).

To find it yourself, place the little finger of your hand against the highest tip of the malleolus resting the flat of your hand against your leg. the Qi-point is found at that level just behind the bone.

Functions:
Strengthens the Spleen, Resolves Damp, Promotes the function of the Liver and the smooth flowing of Liver Qi, Tonifies the Kidneys, Nourishes Blood and Yin, Benefits urination, Regulates the uterus, Moves Blood and eliminates stasis, Cools Blood, Stops pain, Calms the Mind,

Important for treatment of all gynecological, sexual, urinary, digestive and emotional imbalances.
Nourishes and builds the blood.
Use in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, headaches, menstrual cramps, abdominal distention/pain and diabetes.
Contraindicated during pregnancy.

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Tuina Acupressure for Promoting Health

Next Course Dates and Duration:

  • Saturday & Sunday – May 21st and 22nd – 2016
  • Times: 9:30am to 17:30pm

Tuina Acupressure For Health and Emotional Well being (2 day course)

This two day course introduces you to the most powerful and amazing world of acupressure. Explore the healing potential of Acu-points.

This workshop is a great route into energy work if you are a beginner and holds a wealth of opportunities for complementary therapists to expand your skills and insight.


What you will learn:

On the day, you will learn to locate and activate the 6 ‘Master Acu Points’ plus other regular acupoints to effectively treat physical problems anywhere in the body, to help symptoms such as pain, low energy, breathing difficulties, and poor digestion. The course also includes an introduction to the traditional Chinese medicines mind-body aspects of Tuina acupressure, covering 8 principal mind-body disharmony and Acu points to help harmonize psychological stress. Tuina acupressure used in this way helps you understand how your thoughts and feelings influence your health and well being, and activate Acu points to improve how you feel both physically, emotionally and mentally.

Benefits of Tuina

Patients and Clients are often surprised at how quick Tuina can promote recovery from a particular condition. Some of the therapeutic benefits include:

  • Harmonising Yin and Yang
  • Revitalising Qi
  • Removing excesses that imped the flow of physical and emotional blocks
  • Smoothing the meridian channels and collaterals
  • Promoting the circulation of Qi and blood
  • Improving muscle relaxation and stopping spasm.
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves posture
  • Prevention of future conditions by strengthening the body
  • Increases detoxification of cellular waste
  • Promotes mental relaxation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increases body awareness

Tuina is a complete system, able to safely and quickly heal and bring awareness to most of the illnesses that assail the human body, whether internally, affecting internal organ functionality, or externally, affecting joints and muscles.


Teacher:

Your teacher for the course is James O’Sullivan L.Ac. who is a visiting lecturer to Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland, a director of Acupuncture Council of Ireland, he has developed various Tuina and acupuncture courses for a number of colleges in Europe. His lectures and workshops are full with meaningful and useful material delivered in a fun and pragmatic way. James has deep respect traditional Chinese medicine and the gifts of ancient wisdom that are so practical and relevant today.


Tuina Acupressure is practiced over clothes. Please wear loose cloths for the day.

Dates: See Calendar (Scroll through)


Award:


Who is the course for:

  • Everyone with a desire to learn Chinese Tuina Acupressure for Health.  Practitioners and lay people alike will enjoy this course. The content will challenge you as all our courses will but the two days will be fun and interesting.

Where:


Fee:

  • €180 which include notes.
  • Places limited to 12 acupuncturists for maximum tuition and lecturer participation.
  • Policy of Payment in Advance – Why?
  • Cancellation Policy – See below

First complete the online application form to let us know who you are and how we can contact you. The application process is simple and completely online. If this course requires prior qualifications and we require evidence of your qualifications we will write to you separately.


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Account Name: Active Health
Bank: AIB
Bank Address: Lynch’s Castle, Galway, Ireland
National Sort code: 93-70-96.
Account Number: 04758064
IBAN: IE79 AIBK 9370 9604 7580 64 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)

Please ensure you include your name with your lodgement.


Cancellation Policy

Less than 3 days notice or “no show”: no refund
Greater than 3 days but less than 14 days notice: 50% refund
Greater than 14 days but less than 30 days notice: 70% refund
Greater than 30 days notice: Full refund

What happens after I complete the application form and pay my Fee

Within a couple of days, I will write to you with all the necessary details on the course.


Frequently Asked Question

Sheila asks: I am a trained holistic masseuse but I’m not practicing, would I still be eligible for this course? Is this course suitable for a beginner, I don’t know the acupressure points.

James response: This course is designed for complete beginners. We will cover briefly traditional Chinese medical theory, point location and function as well as a safe practical sequence that will be demonstrated during the workshop and practiced on each other. We welcome absolute mature beginners with no massage experience.

Advanced Clinical Training in China

Active Health Galway are inviting qualified graduates of Tuina and Acupuncture to study in China at the “Source” of traditional Chinese medicine where these ancient therapies have survived thousand’s of years of testing and practice. Our academic association with the “prestigious” Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine allows us to offer this opportunity to graduates here. We arrange the Advanced Clinical Course in this, one of China’s largest Traditional Chinese Medical universities.

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Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) founded in 1956, is one of the earliest established institutions of higher learning of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China, and it is the only one that is included in the “211 Project” among the universities and colleges of TCM. It was originally under the guidance of State Administration of TCM.

The campus extends over an area of 253,000 square meters, it has a total floor space of 277,000 square meters in teaching area. The university consists of following teaching organizations: School of Pre-clinical Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, School of Chinese Pharmacology, School of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Administration School, and School of Chinese Nursing, International School, School of Extension Studies, Library, Information Centre, Museum of Chinese Herbs, Museum of the History of Chinese Medicine, and affiliated hospitals, Wang Jing Hospital, HepingLi hospital, China Japan Friendship hospital, Military hospital for Beijing, Dongzhimen Hospital and Dongfang Hospital.

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine has a strong and qualified teaching faculty, and 2690 persons are on its staff (1207 persons in the main campus), among whom 622 have senior academic and technical titles. There are 430 professional teachers in the main campus, among whom 259 have senior academic and technical titles, taking 60%, and 79 are tutors of doctoral degree students, forming a qualified teaching staff mainly composed of famous experts and scholars at home and abroad and young professors. There are 15577 registered students in total.

Tuina Dept. Military Hospital

Since its establishment, the university has trained 12458 domestic professionals of TCM, and 2119 overseas professionals from 87 countries and regions. It ranks a leading place among the TCM schools in China in the following aspects: educational level, scientific research, medical treatment level, social effect and international cooperation, etc. It consists of teaching, research, medical treatment and industry, forming a famous institution of higher learning of Chinese medicine in China and the world.

Students who can demonstrate a sound knowledge of TCM and skilful Tuina technique to doctors of the college will be given opportunity to practice!

Helena Mullaney and Annette Strachan working under the direction of the doctors of Hepingli Hospital, Beijing

Example of Advanced Clinical Training Week

Kieran Mullin, Caren Hardiman, Olivia Flynn Solan, Marianne McCabe, Clare Foley, James Soanes in Famous Dr. Yangs clinic in the WangJing Hospital in Beijing

8am to 12:00 – Clinical intern-ship in one of the teaching hospitals. In the past years our group have worked in 4 to 5 hospitals throughout the 30 day trip.
1:30 to 4:30 – Lectures in the main campus (3 afternoons per week).
Saturday/Sunday – free time for sight seeing, shopping, bargain hunting.
This schedule cannot be guaranteed as Beijing University of Chinese Medicine has the final say.

Sample Lecture Topics – We cannot guarantee these topics due to availability of lecturers.

  • Treatment of Obesity
  • Treatment of Gynecological Diseases
  • Application of Qi Gong in acupuncture and tuina
  • Treatment of pain
  • Cosmetology and Dermatological Diseases
  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese culture
  • Treatment of Bi-Syndrome and Sports Injury
  • TCM Tongue diagnosis
  • TCM Pulse diagnosis
  • Treatment of Stroke
  • Treatment of Pediatric Diseases
  • Treatment of Edema and Vertigo

It’s not all Work!

During the stay in China, we have arranged various sight seeing trips around Beijing, to include Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden city, Explore old Beijing by rickshaw (Hutong tour) etc. It’s included for our students.

For the most up-to-date information on the city of Beijing – consult Lonely Planet’s Guide to China. Marco Polo described the city in the 13th. Century as one of the finest and most splendid cities in the world.

Active Health Foundation facilitate this trip for the benefit of qualified practitioners of TCM and arrange the trip through our academic affiliation with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and the Tour company in China. We are not travel agents. We do not accept any responsibility for changes in accommodation, training schedules, tours and practitioners traveling with our group must accept this condition. Each member of the group is expected to learn about and respect the culture, traditions, and standards of China.

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The Tuina Practitioner

Description

Tuina practitioners treat health conditions by diagnosing medical patterns of disharmony according to the ancient methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They then manipulate specially chosen areas of the body to facilitate healing. Tuina is also known as needle-less acupuncture. Practitioners take account of the full medical history of a patient and the way they look and behave before carrying out treatment.

Work Activities

Tuina is an ancient Chinese therapy. It is a medical technique recognized by the World Health Organization. It is used to promote health and treat a wide range of conditions including: Digestive disorders (e.g. IBS, Constipation, Abdominal pain, etc) Musculo-skeletal pain syndromes. Menstrual and reproductive problems. Mental and physical conditions (e.g. Stress, Psychosomatic, addictions,) The principles of traditional and classical Tuina treatment can be studied and practiced by anyone. Some practitioners may offer additional complementary therapies such as Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, or Qi Gong Health exercise.

In a Tuina treatment, the practitioner manipulates the patient’s skin at certain points on the body. This stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals, which in turn lead to an improved biochemical balance within the body. This is known as ‘balancing the Qi (energy)’. The end result is improved health.

On a client’s first visit, the Tuina practitioner makes a diagnosis. Interviewing the client about their lifestyle, diet, sleep, emotions, family history and many other things does this. As the client talks, the Tuina practitioner notes down significant symptoms, signs and clinical manifestations on a medical record card. The Tuina practitioner examines the client. They may observe the patient’s posture, examine their skin, nails, eyes and tongue, and take their pulse, which has 28 different qualities. All these things are taken together to make a diagnosis and decide on the treatment protocol. This is known as a holistic approach, meaning that the practitioner treats the whole person and not just the particular symptoms in isolation.

For the treatment, the Tuina practitioner manipulates the patient’s skin at certain points on the body, with finger, knuckle, palm, elbow or knee pressure, according to where the ‘meridians’ are. A meridian is a line or channel of Qi (energy) running through the body. The treatment can take between 20 and 70 minutes. Normally it will last of 50 minutes.

During this time, Tuina practitioner will use between 10 to 20 different manipulation techniques to rebalance the Qi (energy)

Sometimes the advanced Tuina practitioners will use cupping – a therapy that uses vacuum suction that stimulates circulation in an area. The Tuina practitioner may also use heat (known as moxabustion – a small amount of herbal substance is burned, to heat at the particular area of the skin).

At the end of the treatment, the Tuina practitioner will offer advice on lifestyle and exercises. After this, the Tuina practitioner may arrange another appointment for the patient and take payment.

Personal Qualities and Skills

You will need to have a methodical approach when you are applying your knowledge. You will also need to enjoy analyzing problems and helping people. You must be a good communicator, able to ask people the right questions and listen sympathetically. Some people are apprehensive of foreign therapies, so you need to be able to reassure them. If you are going to be self-employed, you should have good business sense.

Pay and Opportunities

Earnings for Tuina practitioners vary depending on the number of clients they see. Self-employed practitioners may earn in the range of €23,000 – €40,550 a year rising to € 45,400 – € 49,200. However, they may earn considerably less than these rates especially when starting out. Most practitioners in Ireland are self-employed. They may choose their hours of work to suit their clients. Evening and weekend work is common and some Tuina practitioners make home visits.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is known all over the country and Tuina is an integral part of this therapy. There may be opportunities to join an established practice. Some Tuina practitioners work from home or hire a room at a complementary therapy centre.

Entry Routes and Training

Courses developed by Active Health Foundation adhere strictly to the principles of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, to which they are formally affiliated and students are required to sign up to a Professional Practitioner Code of Ethics and Practice.

Qualifications

Active Health Foundation does not require any specific qualifications to train as a Tuina practitioner. Our course can be studied by adults returning to education after a long time or students who have just completed their leaving certificate or equivalent. We actively seek adults who have an expressed interest in helping others. We also accept people with a professional health care qualification such as nursing. In general we accept adult students with a genuine desire to study complementary medicine.

Want to train as an Tuina Practitioner

You don’t need any expensive equipment …. just your training. We give you the practical training and diagnostic skills you need to offer this effective and practical therapy. We even have a section on marketing strategies – how to present yourself as a Tuina practitioner.

Learn More about Our Tuina Training Course.

A Story of a Man Among Men

By Ben Lucas – National Geographic 1989

“This article was taken from a magazine written in 1990, and kept as a reminder of one of the most honorable and generous Chinese physicians, I have ever studied under. Even though, in middle age and studying Oriental Medicine since the 80’s, in his company, I feel like a child on his second day at school”. James O’Sullivan

Master Hung Shui Chen

Just as Chinese herbal shops and herbal remedies have changed little since the Song and Ming dynasties, Chinese physicians have also continued to practice their ancient healing arts according to the traditions and standards established by their forefathers in the field. Such great Chinese physicians as Hue Tao, Sun Simian and Li Shushed of the late Han, early Tang and Ming dynasties respectively, would have felt very much at home in the clinics of some modern day practitioners.

Contemporary Chinese doctors have found little use for most of the therapeutic chemicals and equipment found in the typical Western clinics. They do, however, combine some basic Western diagnostic techniques, such as X-rays, blood pressure, blood and urine analysis, etc., with their own traditional diagnostic methods.

One of our examples of contemporary Chinese physicians, of the Confucian tradition in Chinese Medicine, Hung Shui Chen who has conducted a small clinic in Kaohsiung  Southern Taiwan, for the past 60 years. He is a master of the traditional Chinese massage method called “push and rub”, Tuina, which he combines with acupuncture, Chinese herbal poultices, internal herbal preparations, direct moxabustion and medical Qi Gong. His patients come from all walks of life – high government officials, housewives, businessmen, American investors, Chinese secretaries, Arabian oil-sheikhs and local taxi drivers. The walls of his clinic are covered with framed letters from his patients, expressions of effusive praise and heart-felt gratitude.

Like the great Tang physician Sun Simiao, Dr. Hung has refused many lucrative offers to become personal private physician to ailing men of great wealth and power. He prefers instead to remain in his humble clinic and fulfill his sacred obligation to his many patients. One, a wealthy Lebanese tycoon who suffers from a painful chronic sciatic condition, offered to pay his round trip fare first class between Kaohsiung and Beirut, plus a fantastic fee, to treat him at his home in Beirut for a month. Citing the many patients who rely daily on his “benevolent heart, benevolent art”, the benevolent doctor politely declined. So, the tycoon flew to Kaohsiung and Dr. Hung treated him in his suite at the Hilton Hotel after closing up his clinic at night. Hung Shui Chen is a native Taiwanese whose family has been practicing Tuina massage, acupuncture and Herbal medicine for several generations. Asked what the main sources of his profound knowledge and exceptional skill were, he replied, “My family and my own experience”. He holds all the necessary government licenses to practice Chinese medicine but insists that these are mere formalities. Difficult as the Chinese medical examinations are, passing them only proves that one has mastered the theories and memorized the mass of medical and herbal terminology required to practice the art. Skill, insight, clinical experience, special techniques passed from master to apprentice, and a refined personal touch combine to elevate an ordinary doctor to an exceptional one.

Hung Shui Chen recommends internal herbal prescriptions and properly balanced diets as complementary supplements to his external therapies of Tuina massage and herbal poultices. It is not uncommon for Chinese doctors to develop remedies based on their own clinical experience and interest. Dr. Hung is certainly no exception to this practice; the herbal poultice he applies after massage evolved in this way and contains 16 herbal ingredients. It is highly effective in cases of rheumatism and arthritis, strained backs and sprained joints, sciatica and other nerve disorders, twisted tendons, and pulled muscles, energy and blood stagnation’s, bruises and abscesses, wind-chills, and other related conditions.

An elderly American woman on tour in Kaohsiung was once brought to him for treatment of acute, unbearable pain resulting from a sudden flare-up of a pinched nerve in her spine, which had plagued her for over 20 years. Her Western prescribed treatment for this condition for the past two decades was a bottle of powerful painkillers: “take two or three for pain”. This time, however, even these did nothing to alleviate her misery. She was prepared to cancel her trip and return to New York on a stretcher under sedation when a Chinese acquaintance insisted that she try Dr. Hung. After her first treatment, she felt so much better that she decided to stay and complete her tour of Taiwan. After her second Tuina massage and herbal poultice, she burst into grateful tears before the doctor and said, “It’s a miracle”. She vowed to return to Taiwan for further treatment.

More recently, the doctor has developed his own secret prescription of herbal ingredients to be taken internally as an herbal broth for relief of the same conditions he treats with massage and poultice. The internal and external herbal treatments work together to eliminate the painful symptoms and correct the causes of the conditions mentioned above. The potion is so effective that other Chinese doctors suffering from these ailments visit Dr. Hung to obtain relief with his magic elixir.

It is common practice for Chinese physicians to visit other renowned doctors as patients, first of all to seek relief for ailments in which other doctors specialize, and secondly to obtain samples of secret prescriptions in hopes of duplicating them. For example, Dr. Hung who recently suffered from a stubborn liver inflammation paid several visits to a Taiwanese doctor whose secret herbal remedy for serious liver ailments was reported to be extremely effective. Liver ailments are particularly difficult to “cure” completely. “The poisons were quickly driven out of my liver and brought to the surface by the prescription. My skin was mottled, itchy, sticky and smelly for several weeks during the treatment and then I was completely cured”. He reports. So impressed was Dr. Hung with the quick effective cure that he has begun the long and arduous task of deciphering the prescriptions secret formula.

Professional physicians like Hung Shui Chen maintain the finest traditions of Confucian benevolence and are responsible for making the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine directly available to the common people. The average cost of a half hour massage and/or acupuncture treatment, including an herbal poultice, run at less than half of what it costs just to walk into a private doctor’s office in the West and say, “Ahhh”. Furthermore Dr. Hung charges less to those who cannot afford it and accepts more from those wealthy patients who willingly offer it. He won’t be found on the golf course on weekends, nor is the doctor ever “out”. Dr. Hung lives in a modest apartment directly above his clinic and answers patient’s calls anytime of day or night. For him, as for his Confucian forerunners, the practice of Chinese medicine is a full time commitment.