My Tui Na Teacher Dr. Deng


This is my Tui Na teacher Dr. Deng Min Ling. He’s probably approaching his 70’s now but has more energy than an 18 yr. kid old on the juice. He still works 8-10 hours doing Tui Na massage at the hospital I worked at.

Tui na massage was one of the first healing modalities I learned and I can honestly say, I was a complete disaster when I first started. One of my professors just flat out told me I was too small and just wasn’t meant for this type of work.

One night after my shift was over while strolling past Dr. Deng’s clinic, he invited me in and asked me how things were. I told him not so well and explained why.He pointed over to one of his top students working on a patient (this kid was literally half my size and thin as rails) and explained to me Tui na was all about proper technique and leverage rather than strength.

For the next few months I studied and learned everything I could from him. According to him, Tui Na is an exchange of energy and a form of healing communication between practitioner and patient.

I look back now and think of how he always lit up the room with his smile for everyone no matter how long a day it was. I also think of where I’d be if I never walked past his clinic that day. I’m still no Dr. Deng but then again not too many people are. I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to study under someone so awesome. True story.


  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.
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The Truth About Acupuncture Needles

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So one of the most common reasons why people say they don’t like acupuncture is that they are afraid of needles.

Most people imagine nails and syringe needles when they think of acupuncture when in reality, the needles we use are literally hair thin. Most people barely feel a mosquito bite like sensation upon insertion and are fairly relaxed within minutes once the acupuncture begins to work and the body starts to rebalance itself.

After google image searching and not finding any decent looking pictures I decided to do my own version.

There was even one google image where they stuffed 10 acu needles into a syringe hole opening to prove a point.  Acupuncture needles are way thinner in comparison to a syringe needle (left) and a sewing needle (right)

What do you guys think?

  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.

3 Reason Why Cupping Rocks

cupping copy Cupping is an ancient form of therapy in traditional Chinese Medicine. A vacuum suction is created with either heat or suction thereby raising the skin to the surface. There are actually a million reasons why cupping rocks but we will only go into three:

1) Relieves muscle aches and tension: Recently, more and more athletes as well as celebrities have been using cupping to relieve sore muscles and speed up the body’s healing process. Cupping also removes blood stasis by increasing local blood flow to the area being worked on.

2) Cupping  Removes Toxins: When the cups are placed along different points of body, dark or light bruises may appear. This is no reason to be alarmed. It is usually a good sign because it means that the toxins in your body are being pulled up and pushed out of the body. Cupping encourages phagocytosis )eliminating pathogens and debris in the body¹) and makes you feel pretty damn good.

3) Cupping Looks Awesome: Because we live in a world of insta, fb, snapchat, you can take pictures afterward and send them to the internet world and be the most popular kid at school/work/gym/planet.

  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.
References: 1)Cheng Xinnong (1999) Acupuncture & Moxibustion, 1999 edn., Foreign Press hardcover:

Immediate Relief For Back Pain Using Hand Points

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ling gu da bai combo. 灵骨大白

Ling Gu & Da Bai are two points located on the hand in Master Tung’s Acupuncture system. Ling gu (spirit bone) is located at the end of the first and second metacarpals and Da bai (Big White) is located at Li3.5.

It is different from the TCM model we learned in school and works much faster in my experience. Within 5 seconds of insertion of these hand points, most of the lower pain should be gone or shifted. To be honest I was a bit skeptical when I was first introduced to these techniques until one day a colleague of mine invited me to one of Dr. Tan’s balance method seminars (tanwubian.com.)

After two days of demonstrations and lectures I was completely blown away and started using it as soon as I returned to clinic. The results were phenomenal and so much faster than I had ever expected. Gone are the days of “put’em in and pray” and hooking electrodes to peoples backs like car batteries (you know what im talking about.)

One time my mother in law woke up in the morning with a severe back ache and couldn’t bend over forward. banged ’em in and she was all good after 15 minutes.True story.


  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.

  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.