Tooth From the Tiger's Mouth:
Gong Fu Sports Medicine

Treatment of Injuries with Chinese Medicine

with Tom Bisio

Based on the bestseller

This online course is based on the bestselling book:
A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth by Tom Bisio.

You are literally in the classroom with Tom as he discusses the theory and treatment of sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. Tom draws on his extensive experience Chinese sports medicine to make the material come alive for the student.
The three stages of injury are discussed in detail, using a multi-modality approach to treatment and healing that gets immediate and clinically effective results. Liniments, poultices and plasters (gao), herbal soaks, and pre-made internal formulas will be discussed in detail, and you will learn how to combine these therapies with acupuncture, tui na, guasha and cupping. You will learn when each type of therapy is appropriate, and how to use each therapeutic modality. The emphasis of this class is on the acquisition of clinical skills that can immediately be put into practice.
Fans of A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth will appreciate the addition of more detailed information and new herbal formulas.

Course includes:

5.00 CEU/ PDA/ CPDs

Lifetime access to recording & handouts

2 year access for CEU/PDA/CPD completion

On Demand Video Course

iPad Friendly, Mobile Friendly

Introduction and Foundational Principles

  • Introduction to Gong Fu Sports Medicine
  • Four Pillars of Chinese Sports Medicine and Introduction to Stages of Injury

Western Perspectives on Treating Injuries

  • Western Perspectives on Treating Injuries Part 1: Four Stages of Inflammation and Tissue Repair
  • Western Perspectives on Treating Injuries Part 2: Treatment Principles & R.I.C.E.
  • Western Perspectives on Treating Injuries Part 3: Anti-Inflammatories & Corticosteroids

Chinese Perspective on Treating Injuries

  • Chinese Perspective on Treating Injuries Part 1: Foundation
  • Chinese Perspective on Treating Injuries Part 2: Analogy of the Beaver Dam
  • Chinese Perspective on Treating Injuries Part 3: Analyzing an Injury

Treating Stage 1 Injuries:
Acute Stage

  • Basic Principles of Treating 1st Stage Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Poultices & Plasters (Gao): San Huang San and using different Mediums to make a Gao
  • Poultices & Plasters (Gao): Die Da San and Commercially Available Plasters for Acute 1st Stage Injury
  • Liniments: Die Da Jiu, San Huang Liniment and Commercially Available Liniments for Acute 1st Stage Injury
  • Liniments – Black Eye Treatment
  • Internal Herbs – Die Da Wan
  • Internal Herbs – Qi Li San & Yunnan Baiyao
  • Dietary Considerations and Exercise

Treating Stage 2 Injuries:
Sub-Acute Stage

  • Basic Principles of Treating 2nd Stage Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Poultices & Plasters (Gao): Ru Yi Jin Huang Gao and Die Da San
  • Commercially Available Plasters for Sub- Acute 2nd Stage Injuries
  • Tendon Lotion and Commercially Available Liniments
  • Herbal soaks, Steams & Compresses
  • Ointments
  • Internal Herbs
  • Life Style Considerations

Treating Stage 3 Injuries:
Chronic Stage

  • Basic Principles of Treating 3rd Stage Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Bone-Sinew Gao
  • Commercially available Plasters for Chronic 3rd Stage Injuries
  • Warming Soak & 3rd Stage Liniments
  • Internal Herbs – Xiao Huo Luo Dan


5 CEU/PDA Credits


This course is now exclusively offered by Healthy Seminars with the title:

Gong Fu Sports Medicine: Treatment of Injuries with Chinese Medicine


Meet the author

I’m Tom Bisio, the author of the Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: Gong Fu Sports Medicine Distance Learning Program. In designing this program I have drawn on my experiences of teaching martial arts for more than 40 years, and over 30 years experience as a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. In the course of preparing this program, I made numerous trips to China to study with masters of the internal arts and Chinese medicine, and wrote a number of books on internal martial arts. The knowledge and insights gained during those trips, as well as my experiences teaching martial arts and Chinese medicine in the United States and abroad have influenced this program which I am excited to offer you.

Also available from Healthy Seminars

Practical Chinese Sports Medicine: Treating the Neck

This class focuses on treating Sports Injuries and Orthopedic Conditions of the neck with a multi-modality approach, which includes Tui Na, acupuncture protocols, point prescriptions, and needling guidelines. Tom Bisio presents this unique and very effective approach to the treatment of neck pain, stiffness and injury based on his 25+ years of clinical experience, with an emphasis on immediate acquisition of clinically effective skills. Advanced acupuncture guidelines and needling methods are clearly explained, along with the use of Cupping and the Plum Blossom Needle. Tom presents two short and very effective Tui Na protocols for the neck that can be easily integrated with acupuncture treatments, and herbal formulae that have been proven clinically effective in the treatment of neck conditions. Specific rehabilitative Qi Gong exercises conditions of neck are explained and demonstrated.

Chinese Emergency Medicine for Sports and Martial Arts: Principles of Revival and the Use of Vital Points

Experienced martial artist and TCM practitioner Tom Bisio reveals the theory and practice of revival principles, acupuncture points and methods for a wide variety of martial arts and sport injuries as well as emergency situations such as Qi shock, syncope (fainting), heart attack, stroke, drowning and breathlessness. A priceless part of traditional emergency medicine, many of these principles are rarely taught outside of martial traditions. The theory and practice of revival principles are presented systematically, and the more complex protocols are introduced. Herbal formula for revival from shock, summer heatstroke and desertion of Yang are also presented.

Advanced Gong Fu Sports Medicine

Advanced Gong Fu Sports Medicine builds on the basic class Gong Fu Sports Medicine: Treatment of Injuries with Chinese Medicine. The class is divided into three modules that are combined to offer you 8 CEU/ PDA/ CPD.

Module 1: Treating Blood Stasis and Dead Blood (2 CEU / PDA / CPD) This in-depth course focuses on the treatment of blood stasis and dead blood, from the perspective of trauma, and sports injuries. The focus is on practical usage of herbal formulas that treat blood stasis and dead blood.

Module 2: Treating Fractures  (2 CEU / PDA / CPD) Although the treatment of fractures is similar to the treatment of soft-tissue injuries, the stages of healing are slightly different and there are herbal formulas specific to healing fractures and promoting bone knitting. The theory and practice of treating fractures is discussed in detail using a multi-modality approach.

Module 3: Treating Bi Syndrome (4 CEU / PDA / CPD) This class provides a complete picture of treating Bi (Obstruction) Syndrome with herbal formulae, acupuncture and moxibustion, and lifestyle changes and diet. Herbal formulas for Bi Syndrome are covered in detail. Liniments, poultices and plasters (Gao) and Soaks are also discussed as well as the relative effectiveness of modern supplements.


What is Gong Fu Sports Medicine and why should I learn it?

Gong Fu Sports Medicine has been used for centuries by martial artists and warriors to heal injuries rapidly, so that one can return to training and normal activities as quickly as possible. Anyone who is active should learn these time-tested methods that can help you to get back in the “game” sooner.

This online learning program is based on the popular book A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors. In this practical course, Tom details exactly how to treat injuries and he imparts valuable tips on using Chinese herbal medicine to treat injuries and speed healing.

Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: Gong Fu Sports Medicine, Treatment of Injuries with Chinese Medicine offers detailed, top-notch instruction that is clear, concise and thorough. Every detail of treatment is explained clearly, and without mysticism or secrecy.

In this practical hands-on course, Tom weaves together decades of training and teaching with his extensive experience in treating sports injuries in the clinic, on the playing field and in the dojo. When you take the class, you are literally “in the classroom” with a renowned expert in Chinese Sports Medicine.


More frequent questions and answers

You don’t need to know anything about Chinese medicine to take this class. Tom has taught these techniques to thousands of people who have benefited from this knowledge and used it to treat friends, family, students and fellow team members. This course is based on the popular book A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat You Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors.  This book has sold thousands of copies and countless people have written us to recount stories of their successful use of Gong Fu Sports Medicine methods without any prior knowledge of Chinese medicine.  Although many acupuncturists, coaches, massage therapists, physical therapist and even physicians have taken our classes in Gong Fu Sports Medicine, you do not need to be a medical practitioner or health care professional to take this class. Everything is explained in clear and simple terms without medical jargon.

Tom Bisio and Internal Arts International partners with Kamwo Meridian Herbs in NYC to make a Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth product line composed of formulas used in this course and mentioned in the book, A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth. The new product line is available from Kamwo HERE.

To receive CEU/PDA credits you must purchase this course from .

IAI does not offer CEU/PDA credits for online classes.

New York Internal Arts LLC, Internal Arts International and Tom Bisio are not responsible in any manner for any injury or illness which may result from following the instructions contained within the book.

The points, treatments and formulas described in this book may be too powerful or dangerous for a given individual and are presented here for informational and historical purposes only.

Before using any of the points or treatments described in this book, the reader should consult his or her physician for advice regarding their individual suitability for performing such activity.

Any health or medical benefits attributed to these techniques, physical movements, herbal remedies, and medical treatments whether mentioned or inferred, are not advocated or promised by the author or publisher. Any health benefits, whether mentioned or inferred, are those typically attributed to these techniques, and protocols in traditional Chinese culture. We neither endorse nor advocate these benefits and opinions, nor do we vouch for their veracity. They are presented for educational purposes only