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The Academy Methodology

The Academy of Acupuncture focuses on teaching the Balance Method of the late, revered Dr. Richard Tan with immense humility, honor, and authenticity.
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In our international lecture and internship program, we teach the purest interpretation of Dr. Tan’s profound patient healing methodology through a tiered curriculum based on the ways that individuals acquire and retain knowledge. To this end, the Academy of Acupuncture approach integrates multiple scientifically validated modalities, including reading, listening, hands-on practice, and continued reinforcement to optimize patient treatment and outcomes.

 

The Origin of Huai Dan 懷聃

As followers of Dr. Richard Tan know, he was an amazing man who poured his heart and soul into the creation of the world-renowned Balance Method. Born into a family dedicated to Chinese medicine, he was always interested in acupuncture and began his studies and treatment of patients in Taiwan before moving to the United States in 1977. After an extensive education, he earned his doctoral degree in San Diego at an Oriental Medicine school and opened his practice in 1989 to great success.

However, Dr. Tan was not one to rest on his laurels. With each of the tens of thousands of patients he treated, he extracted something new that helped him improve his needle techniques or fine-tune and elevate his Balance Method system.

Dr. Tan’s Chinese given name was “Teh-Fu” 譚特夫 (“maverick man” in Chinese) but he styled himself as “Dan” 聃 (assuming Lao Tzu’s first name) and “Wu-Bian” 無邊 (“infinite”). In honor of his chosen name, The Academy of Acupuncture was also founded under the Chinese name “Huai Dan” 懷聃. This name conveys the Academy’s mission to serve as the facilitator to carry on the great tradition of Dr. Tan and his systematic Balance Method on his honorable behalf.

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