Dr Tai Acupuncture Project

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  1. Foreword
  2. Dr David Kie Pang Tai  (16/10/19)
  3. What is Acupuncture
  4. The criteria of ACU treatment
  5. Preventative medicine
  6. Spine Trauma Pathophysiology
  7. Clinical severity valuation



In the lifetime of Albert Einstein, Metter began to disappear as it was replaced by Energy as the central or vital factor in human (Western) thinking and behaviour. Prior to that time, Matter and its philosophy, Materialism, dominated the West and the rest of the world set out rapidly to follow. The result was alienation, acquisitiveness and violence unprecedented to human history and prehistory till, finally, it become a recognized threat to survival of the species and of life on this planet. 


The revolution in human thinking, however, and the one implied in human behaviour, has not gone as far.  Scientists still, almost completely, live in a pre-Einstein world.  Theology finds it no easier to make the shift because human energy is disturbingly organic and sexual while philosophy wrestles with what Gregory Bateson called “Cartesian Dualism”.  It could be expected that medical doctors would be amongst the first to begin the shift from matter to energy, with all its biological implications, but they are not.


Acupuncture raises the question of Energy in the human body and the necessity for it to be able to function within – as activity rising to a high point, then subsiding or relaxing, then rising again.  The oscillation of Energy is the pulse of life.  This principle of Yin and Yang, it appears, is the essence of the philosophy of Chinese Medicine – both ancient and modern – and of Chinese philosophy as a whole.

Energy within the body cannot be compartmentalized, or considered or treated as being in the mind only or in the body only.  It cannot be comprehended by a science or philosophy, which is reductionist or positivist.  The fact that Energy exists means that the human body, although constantly changing and fluctuating, is one living unit.  It is not separable, either, from what is not within it, that is to say, from its environment, especially the human parts of that environment.


Health and, we may say, personal and human growth depend upon an energetic flow of experience between the individual and others (close body contact or intimacy, and the need for this may be the strongest of all animal instincts) and with the natural environment.  In Western culture, it may be that artificial (“intellectual” and repressive) separations are now more damaging than ever before in human history.


In his book, Dr David Tai explains, better than has been done previously, the significance of the theory of human energy and its use in diagnosis and clinical practice, which embodies “anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, clinical syndromes” and other medical concepts.  He adds to it as well the significance of Emotions.


It may be that acupuncture, more than any other branch of medical practice, will show the importance of Energy and the holistic philosophy and practice.  No other single aspect may be as important for the field of medicine and no other may help as much in opening up ways of creating personal and social health in our society.  Dr David Tai is well equipped to assist in this development and this book is an example of what needs to be done, because it is first of all” a book of education for the healers and for those who need to be healed.


Dr Jim Cairn, PhD. Canberra, 1987




Dr David Kie Pang Tai  (16/10/19)


In 1933, Tai was born in Sumatra Medan Indonesia. Was growing up in a big family of Timber industries. Poor and sick Tai is arrived on the wrong time; when Tai in little boy was very ill hospital unable treating him, his strong and riches Grandfather is gone-pass away, lucky enough his grandfather in law save his life. 


In 1944, when Japanese is invited Indonesia stop all other school, only Japanese school is allowed open; until Japanese surrender able return to the school; the very Chinese family not allowed Tai attended the Japanese school.


Following the Independent ‘Merdeka’ of Indonesia, the fire burning the heart of the Indonesian, fire and bullet everywhere Tai right forearm between radius and ulna a bullet run through but Tai still alive.


The revolution of China, young David in 1952 left the family and went to China. Study in ‘Nan-Jang high school’ and pass the exam get in to ‘Beijing University Medical College’ in 1955; he wants to be a good Doctor firstly help his illness; he damages his lumber vertebrae and help other out of illness. In school holiday Tai is in library studying medicine ‘the Great Wall’ is not far away but he never joins it, pays more time in study and graduated in late 1960.

In 1961, Tai lectured Western medicine at Tianjin Medical University. During his Pathophysiology research, specifically on the cardiovascular system and it was at this time that Tai first embraced the study of Chinese acupuncture practice, particularly fascinating the myth and the stories.   


One year- (1968-1969) that is near the end of Culture Revolution, when Tai finish one of his research project and the officer sent Tai to services the country people; and Tai worked as a Doctor, but in circumstances dissimilar to the norm in that I was located at Mongolia-with-in China and instead of calling the ambulance, this city boy doctor had to learn to master a galloping horse. Provided the surgery the medicine and the acupuncture to the village patients. This enjoyable time for Tai experiencing cold weather and running on horse-back every day applies all type of treatment for patient.


In 1972, Tai moved to Hong Kong where Tai started new approach to Chinese medicine Tai lectured acupuncture, demonstrated Thyroid-sectomy acupuncture approach anaesthesia with the surgeon in the ‘Kuan-Tang Hospital’ and lecture acupuncture and showed different needling techniques for the practitioners come from many countries. The over-sea Doctors asking Tai come to their country practicing and lecture acupuncture, which involved German hospital director at Lindau.     


In 1976, Tai moved to Australia. By now, my training in Western medicine had become inextricable from my knowledge of Chinese methods. I was sure these, at times, diametrically opposed; ways of tending to the human body became far more powerful when it is combined together. In Australia Tai treating SCI patients allowed them stand and mobile out of wheelchair: The book ‘The Healing Power’ Neville Drury 1981 and film SCI document in ABC (Australia) also in BBC (British) filming a young girl suffered completed Quadriplegia.   


What follows is not my autobiography. It is, instead, what I hope will be a road map for others who want to provide the best possible care for patients, some of these clearly sick, others in the preventative phase. In my long career, I have become known as the man who can ‘heal the impossible’, the doctor to whom other doctors send patients who, they say, may never walk again, or patients whose lives are curtailed by the daily endurance of pain. It is to me that parents bring their sick children. But the point of this book is not to say, ‘Look at what David Tai has done.’ No. My compulsion is that others learn for what I do, that the skills I use, while requiring focus, skill and a lifetime’s hard work, be transmitted to the next generation. This must happen, on that I am absolutely certain.

In order to do this, I must first debunk a myth. While acupuncture is powerful, there is no ‘secret power’. It is not magic nor is it some Impenetrable Chinese art. In its simplest equation, it is about sparking forces within the human body so the patient’s own life force is used to heal himself. Western medicine is largely in its use of drugs and operations to prolong life.

Chinese medicine activates the force already within the body, although perhaps lying dormant. My purpose in what follows is to show when you combine Medical sciences and Acupuncture healing methodology: whom able to accurately activated the hiding power with in the body to maintain wellbeing, providing strength, healing the illness, and the results can be not anticipated.

Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses, yet restricting this to traditional methods – devised in ancient times when scientific understanding of the functions of the body was of course less advanced than today – can lead to uncertain results and, to use a contemporary expression, ‘not enough customer satisfaction’. In clinical practice, it would be disingenuous to insist on continuing ways of practicing acupuncture simply because these methods were in use thousand years ago. Best practice is to harness ancient knowledge, combine it with the most up-to-date medical thinking and use this fusion for the best possible outcome for the patient.

Tai had written two Acupuncture books ‘Acupuncture & Moxibustion’ Harper & row publishers, Sydney 1987 and the second book ‘Acupuncture’—A comprehensive guide to clinical applications of acupuncture. Sydney 1997 and continue publishes more in Internet “Tai acupuncture”.


Tai continue learning and practicing Acupuncture these ancient healing acts is fulfils Tai lifetime medical practice and his interest in acupuncture is never end.


What is Acupuncture


Acupuncture refers to the insertion of a fine filiform needle into key point on the body to treat illness. Structurally, Acupuncture points are located in the tissues of the body’s ‘wall’. The needle is inserted into body wall tissues through different channels largely are via the nervous system, activated the body potential and strength to heal the illness. Dependent on where the illnesses required, ACU point is located, the practitioner is inserted the needle target on the illnesses: Systematically; that involved body organs functions, especially, the nervous system, circulation system, and lymphatic cellular barrier, and the correlated point in which is located into the skin, into the connective tissues, muscles or joints, even deep into the periosteum of the bone. Only in the rare cases would a skilled practitioner target an internal organ. In most acupuncture practice is through reflexes mechanism achieves the result not of necessity having to needling into the organ directly. Traditionally, the sharp tip of needle does not carry any medication or herbs, clinically is provided different length and diameter of ‘Filiform’ needle in clinic practice.


The Criteria of ACU Treatment


Initial LING-SHU, which stated the criteria of ACU treatment:

  1. Reinforcement of deficiency
  2. Reduction the overpower
  3. Releasing the obstructive tissues
  4. Removal the blood congestion improved blood and lymphatic circulation
  5. Recently some illnesses still unable to treat just because the practitioners are not jet achieved the needling techniques.

Obviously, the criteria are stated: the needle is a tool the practitioners are using this tool for released where the illness is interrupted or selected correlated point to activate the body potential to heal the illness. That is preferable using Chinese version and Western medical sciences to interpreted the truth of how does acupuncture is worked.


Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the principle of preventative medicine and is utilized in this context. Huang-Di Nei-Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s classic of internal medicine, 500-300 BC) states that:

“Hence, the sages did not treat those who were already ill; instead, they instructed those who were not yet ill. They did not wish to rule those who were already rebellious; instead, they guided those who were not yet rebellious. To administer medicine for illnesses, which have already developed is comparable to the behaviour of those who start to dig a well after they have become thirsty, or those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would not these actions then be too late?”

Acupuncture treatment is concerned with the prevention of both mental and physical illness. In traditional Chinese medicine, it was deemed vital to understand an illness before the symptoms occurred, rather than understanding symptoms that had already occurred.

Spine trauma is a severed lesion to the spinal cord, nervous system and disability illnesses. Spine trauma is caused of many factors, such as motor vehicle, motor bicycle accidences, fallen down from the tree or building, head hit on the rock…e.g. the lesion of the spine is severed; fracture dislocation or compression to the spinal cord. Preventative is better than cure; there are many common methods have developed for prevention such as ‘First aid’. Personally, such as: stress, alcohol, tired, medication, body illnesses especially the vision disorder etc, need to avoid, especially at night driving a motor vehicle.   


 Spine Trauma Pathophysiology


  1. Cases of fracture and dislocation of the vertebral column are particularly apt to cause transverse compression when any severe degree of bone injury has occurred.
  2. Injuries of the spinal cord may be produced by displacement and distortion of neuronal tissue at the moment of impact.
  3. In most traumatic lesions the central part of the spinal cord with its vascular grey matter, suffers greater injury than the peripheral parts (principles of Neurology 2001. McGraw.  Hill).
  4. Intra spinal cord haemorrhage may result from trauma or vertebral vascular lesions such as:
  • 4-1 A meningeal artery tear – epidural haematoma
  • 4-2 Leakage from spinal veins resulting in extravasations of blood in the subdural space subdural haematoma.
  • 4-3 A ruptured spinal artery bleeding into the subarachnoid space – subarachnoid haematoma.
  • 4-5 Bleeding in the pia mater may apply direct pressure to the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
  1. The immediate injury causes precapillary haemorrhages that coalesce and enlarge, particularly in the grey matter. Infraction in the grey matter and central haemorrhages enlarge to occupy one or two levels above and below the lesions of the spinal cord.
  2. If the cerebrospinal fluid contains blood in the acute phase, partial or complete blockage of the subarachnoid channels may occur.
  3. Glial and fibrotic scars and the formation of meningeal adhesion is the usual result.
  4. The spinal cord may be affected by different degrees of degeneration.
  5. The direct bone injury to the cord may not be limited to one segment only. A lesion from vascular haematoma may also involve different segments of the cord.  Thus the severity of the lesion section of the cord can be simple or complex.


Clinical Severity Valuation:


Large wound surrounding vertebral column, rib dislocation, associated vertebrae fracture and compression, the cerebrospinal fluid contains blood in the acute phase, partial or complete blockage of the subarachnoid channels may occur. Coma after SCI, lower extremities severed spasticity, upper extremity complete lost skin sensation, however, still able use the hand and arm, no interrupted of muscles movement, even pain on the shoulder. After long period ACU treatment released the pain symptom, large wound healing, able use the hand and arm, driving a car and regular life style.


ACU treatment processes:

  • In general, one year after ACU treatment the patient can stand. Three years after ACU treatment patient can walk with walking frame 100 meters.





  • A severe lesion to the cord, such as haemorrhage in the cord If the cerebrospinal fluid contains blood in the acute phase, partial or complete blockage of the subarachnoid channels may occur. Glial and fibrotic scars and the formation of meningeal adhesion is the usual result. The spinal cord may be affected by different degrees of degeneration. In this case:
  • ACU treatment may minimum disability, and maximum the recovery, satisfactory to general regular life style, especially, regain hand usage.






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