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Master Tung Acupuncture & Myofascial Anatomy

Master Tung's acupuncture points are some of the most effective in Traditional Asian medicine.  

What makes these points so unique is that they have special locations, are used as a dao ma (synergistic points close together), and they strongly influence the fascia and connective tissues.  

Take the points 77.01 - 77.04 located directly on the achilles tendon. These points treat neck, back, and spinal pain, as well as occipital headaches, and complex brain disorders. 

tungs points 77.01

77.01 - 77.04

Myofascial Connections & Master Tung's Acupuncture

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The image shows the fascial plane of the superficial back line (SBL), which corresponds closely to the UB meridian.  

This image is based on extensive research into fascia, as presented by Tom Myers in his book Anatomy Trains.  His research is based in Western science, anatomy, and dissection of cadavers.  

Through understanding current findings on the fascia and their lines of connection, we can gain a deeper insight into the functions and indications of Master Tung's acupuncture points.

This image reveals a direct Western anatomical basis for comprehending how Master Tung's achilles points, can treat conditions of the cervical vertebrae, spine, occiput, and brain.  

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

Four Horses (88.17,88.18,88.19)

This image shows the Four Horses (white dots), which are commonly used for all kinds of respiratory disorders.  

From a fascial plane perspective we can understand how these points can benefit the respiratory system.  


The quadriceps, rectus abdominis, chest, and sternochondral fascia, are all part of the Superficial Front Line (SFL). This fascial plane helps to explain why the Four Horses treat respiratory disorders, breast pain, costal pain, and more.    

Master Tung acupuncture points the Four Horses

Here are some challenges with learning
Master Tung's Acupuncture points

  • New locations
  • Diverse indications
  • Selecting the right points
  • Needle techniques
  • Point combinations
  • Integrating it with other systems  
Integrating Fascial Plane Anatomy with Master Tung's Acupuncture Points, and Dr. Tan's Six Systems, Will Give You a Whole New Command of Point Functions and Clinical Results. 

The fascial planes hold many keys to understanding the actions, indications, and locations of Master Tung's powerful acupuncture points.  

Forget memorizing countless indications. Learn the anatomical and fascial basis for how these points work.


Understand how to select the right points when there are numerous to choose from. 

For instance, 22.05 & 22.04 (Ling Gu and Da Bai), as well as 22.08 & 22.09 (SI meridian) are both indicated for low back pain and kidney deficiency patterns, as are many other points.  

Tung's Points
Do you know when to use one group over the other?
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With over 20 Tung acupuncture points on the hands and arm for treating back pain and sciatica, how do you choose the points that will get the best results?

What do you do if Ling Gu and Da Bai don't work?

Many of us are using the Balance Method and Dr. Tan's six systems to make these kinds of decisions, and they are incredibly useful.

However, what do you do if that doesn't work, or how do you narrow down the point selections to find those that will?

Besides the six systems explanation, do you know why there are so many points on the hands and arms for the back?

How do you choose the most effective points?

The small intestine meridian is related to the fascial plane of the Deep Back Arm Line (DBAL), which is shown in the image on the right.

The Tung acupuncture points 22.08 and 22.09 are located on this fascial plane and will affect the muscles shown in the image.  

The rhomboids and levator scapulae are part of this fascial line, and connect to the spine, UB meridian, and superficial back line.


Understanding this explains the tai yang pair of the SI and UB channels, and shows how 22.08 and 22.09 can treat back pain, lumbago, kidney headaches, and knee pain.


Though Ling Gu and Da Bai (22.05 & 22.04) have similar actions, they are on a different fascial plane, and work through different mechanisms to treat back pain.


While we can use the six systems to make distinctions between these groups of points, the fascial plane perspective gives us additional insights based in anatomy and connective tissue dynamics.    

small intestine meridian, 77.17, 77.18, shen guan

The tai yang channels join where the rhomboids and levator scapulae attach to the spine.  

"I studied and practiced Tung's points for 6 years, and after I learned about the fascial plane model, my knowledge and clinical results improved dramatically." 

"I studied and practiced Master Tung acupuncture for 6 years, and after I learned about the fascial plane model, my knowledge and clinical results improved dramatically." 

The course Master Tung's Acupuncture 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 videos

  • 5 hours of audio recordings  

  • Immediate access to files

  • Email support 

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"I found your material rich, and plan to watch the videos again, as it is a lot to digest in just one go-round. I have been seeking this material for a long time. I am very pleased with your presentation of the information, and look forward to the shoulder class once I get a firmer grasp on the basics from this 201 class." 

- Elizabeth Kerle L.Ac. 



"I loved the content of your classes. I feel that I have had a lot of good results using your protocol in general. It was very helpful to think about things in layers to pinpoint how to choose the points with my chronic pain patients. I love the exercises for the hips."


Lily Coogan


"These courses provide unique, valuable, and immediately useful understandings of acupuncture points and meridians through the perspective of fascial planes and anatomy. His presentations are clear and thorough, and his emails are generous with instructive information.  Highly recommend!"


Shelley Baldridge

"As an acupuncturist I feel fortunate to live at a time where Chinese medical knowledge is widely available but even so, the practical use of this knowledge is often obscure. For myself the Master Tung system is one of these puzzles. I was pleasantly surprised that Jim’s Master Tung Fascia Course wasn’t just another paint by numbers Tung style course, but presented progressive ideas of fascial planes, anatomy and channel theory that help explain Tung point indications. Through this Jim’s course has helped me get beyond memorizing points for symptoms to a deeper layer of clinical reasoning behind the Tung points. The format was better than expected with well-paced knowledgeable audio files (no rambling on) that referred appropriately to the relevant visually rich slides"

- Paul Burns, Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, AUSTRALIA

This material has really improved my treatments. I have been getting faster, more consistent results because I have a much better framework of how and when to use particular Dao Mas and how to use them in combinations for even better results. I have listened to the recordings multiple times and feel like I get some new nugget each time. This material is so useful, particularly in a community acupuncture clinic where treatment strategies need to be easy to administer and precise. Thank you so much Jim! I just bought the next course for internal medicine as well!


- Sarah Street, Sol Centered Community Acupuncture, Colorado

"I have been practicing Master Tung's points and Dr.Tan’s Local & Global balance method for the last 2 years. After I enrolled in Master Tung's Points and Fascial Planes course by James Spears, I was introduced to a completely new dimension of acupuncture, and news ways to look at my practice. This course has not only improved my understanding of anatomy, but considering fascial planes is giving me additional insights to connective tissue dynamics (which is also helpful for needling depths estimation). My clinical outcome has been quickly improving since taking this course and hopefully will improve even more with time.

An example of practicing with my new understanding using Fascial Planes. It is well known that while LU channel alone can clear the BL channel, however for Thoracic pain on UB around & behind Scapular area 22.08 & 22.09 worked excellently because of the relationship of the Deep Fascial Line which lies on SI channel."


- Ismail Ratlamwala, Mumbai, India

"After years of searching for a practical understanding  of the mechanism behind the use of distal points, I stumbled upon the work of James Spears. 


Inspired by the work of Thomas Myers and his book Anatomy Trains, Dr. Spears has married the functionality of the points of the Tung System and Balance Method with the physical form of the fascial planes. 


With this clearly explained, the practitioner gains the ability to plan with greater precision in order to achieve the intended result. 


Dr. Spears has provided a portal of understanding and clarity into patterns of injury and dysfunction and how our needles can best address them. This has given a literal new dimension to treatment planning and application that is very satisfying and produces more effective results. 


Furthermore, Dr. Spears provides an easy-to-follow model for diagnosis and choosing the most effective points. With this information, I didnt walk away with the feeling that "something was missing." There is no mystery here. 


I think this information is absolutely essential for practitioners who want to take their diagnostic skills and treatment results to the next level." 

- Beth Jones Lic. Ac.

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