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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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.

Herniated Disc Adjustment Techniques

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This is one of my teachers Master Yip. He’s based in Shen De in Southern China and specializes in tui na adjustment techniques for people with severe herniated discs.

Its very old school bare ones: you go in for back pain and he stares you down for a few seconds asks you whats wrong, as soon as you start to speak, he cuts you off and runs his fingers down your spine to check, and then tells you exactly which disc is protruding and tells you exactly what symptoms you’re having and then asks you for your CT scan results.

99.99% of the time, its exactly what the result reads without him ever looking at the scan. I couldn’t wrap my head around it for the longest time.

After that, he tells you to lie on a straw mat, he puts his foot to where the problem area is, and pulls your leg the opposite way and pops the disc is back to where it originally was. He gives you a little plaster to put on the back and off you go. No need to go under the knife.

Every weekend, I would come and watch him go through 40-50 cases like this in an afternoon.
These techniques are not taught in TCM schools or anywhere. I’m sure to do this stuff would be really hard to pull off in any western country without being throughly researched & studied.

I’m writing this just to say yes, there are other options out there other than going in for surgery at the drop of a dime and that stuff out there does indeed exist and it is effective.

He works very low key and underground and these techniques are only passed down the family line.There is no website and he does not advertise.

Its all under the table and if the department of health and safety ever comes around, it just happens to be 30 people sitting around in his living room with a straw mat on the floor and they’re all just happen to be “having tea.” It’s completely dodge & asian but it works.

  • 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

Book Review: Mastering Tung Acupuncture

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I bought this book recently from Amazon & I must admit I haven’t been able to put it down.
It explains both Master Tung points & Dr. Tan systems very clearly and even manages to mix it up with a bit of neuro also.

I think this book is suited for people who already have a basic understanding of tung/tan systems and are looking to improve and upgrade their knowledge a bit, but would help a lot of people who haven’t studied distal acupuncture as an introduction also. It gives great clear concise examples of how imaging/mirroring work and you can literally start using what you learn right away.

If you have been practicing TCM for a while but only getting mediocre results (put ’em in and pray) or are tired of the same old Li4,Lv3,St36, day in day out this is definitely worth picking up.