Course Descriptions

Academy of Acupuncture Seminars and Training

In continuing the tradition of Master Tan, the Academy of Acupuncture is dedicated to offering the most authentic, honorable, and effective acupuncture training in the Balance Method worldwide. Through lively lecture, accurate, hands-on practice, and follow-on internships, the Academy of Acupuncture seeks to empower practitioners to use this methodology to improve their clinic treatments and ultimately, the health of their patients. Programs are offered in a Core Foundations Track and an Advanced Track.

Balanced Method: Core Foundations Track
Level I

The essential foundation for treating all internal and external diseases, this program is ideal for both beginning and advanced practitioners. All of the days follow a workshop format, allowing practitioners to put theory into practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to needle each other under the guidance of the teacher and assistants.

Days 1 and 3 introduce new concepts and strategies while days 2 and 4 offer more hands-on demonstrations, practical ideas, and fun ways to implement the Balance Method.

  • Day 1: Clinical Wonders with Acupuncture 1,2,3
  • Day 2: Clinical Wonders in Practice
  • Day 3: Global Balance for Functional Disorders
  • Day 4: Global Balance in Practice
  • Discover a logical Three-Step Strategy to immediately and effectively treat all localized symptoms such as pain, numbness, stiffness, tingling, or burning
  • Understand the classical origin of the 6 Systems that summarize 2,000 years of Chinese Medicine into a simple balancing pattern. You will be amazed at how scattered concepts suddenly make sense!
  • Learn the Golden Rules to make acupuncture work consistently
  • Learn the “Matrix Analysis Technique” to balance complications using a minimal number of meridians in your treatment
  • Hear real-life cases and view demonstrations that allow you to analyze the most common pain patterns seen in clinical practice
  • Palpate Ashi points and insert needles under the teacher’s supervision
  • Apply the Taiji Dynamic Structure to treat functional diseases and whole-body pain
  • Practice different Four-Meridian Treatment Strategies for whole body issues such as allergic, digestive, cardiac, respiratory, or uro-gynecological diseases
  • Convert Western medical diagnoses into correct acupuncture diagnoses for effective treatments
  • Discover Dr. Tan’s famous and most effective point combinations
  • Review and combine theory and demonstrations from the past 3 days
  • Utilize a simple and effective wisdom when approaching patients who simultaneously exhibit local and internal disorders
  • End the four-day series with clarity and comprehension!
Balanced Method: Advanced Track
Level II

Practitioners are eligible to take classes in this track when they have completed all four days of the Core Foundations. Additionally, dedicated students who have already integrated all teachings from the Core Foundations Track into clinical practice may also take offerings from this track.

The Advanced Track coursework is sure to enhance your repertoire of treatments.

  • Treating Zang-Fu disorders with Meridian Conversion Therapy (Based on Ba Gua of the I-Ching)
  • Balance the Five Elements (Based on Ba Gua of the I-Ching)
  • A Seasonal – Based System using Balance Method (Based on Ba Gua of the I-Ching)
  • Dr. Tan’s Strategy of Twelve Magical Points
  • Smart Combos: How to integrate various Balance Method Strategies
  • Balancing the 8 Extra + Scalp Acupuncture
  • Dr. Tan’s Applications of Master Tung’s Acupuncture
  • Treating Marijuana Syndromes with Balance Method and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • One day with Dr Han in her Clinic – Case studies with Acupuncture and herbal medicine 

Optional Clinic Observation Externship: This option is designed to supplement the classroom lecture series. Upon acceptance into this one-on-one externship, practitioners spend intensive days in the classroom, followed by up to a 3-hour clinical observation shift with Dr. Eileen Han in her San Diego clinic. Practitioners then return to their own clinics to practice and fine-tune their skills before their next training session.

A minimum 3-hour shift is recommended, however, participants may elect to attend an unlimited number of shift hours. Note that all shift hours may be applied to the 18-40 hour Internship required for premier / Executive Practitioner Balance Method certification.

For more information about Clinical Observation Externship scheduling and requirements ONLY, please click here to send your specific questions.

DETAILED PROGRAM

Please check the website for exact class dates and course titles in your desired city.

  • Learn how to translate Zang-Fu and emotional diagnoses into a “Meridian Diagnosis” for an optimally effective treatment
  • Discover one of the most famous and effective Ba Gua Methods using only 2 needles to balance a whole meridian
  • Learn to recognize different body/constitutional types and their associated disorders
  • Achieve resolution of more complicated internal disorders such as insomnia, allergies, hormonal, and psychological conditions
  • Uncover the true meaning of the “Five Interactions” as a dynamic active force
  • Discover Dr. Tan’s invention and the advanced science application of the Five-Elements to Yi Jing hexagrams
  • Learn how to combine the power of the Balance Method and the essence of Five-Elements theory to calm and tonify with a simple combination of points
  • Treat stubborn cases of both stagnation and deficiency; you will be guided through the most common Five Element imbalances
  • Find out how to use the hexagram of the current season to balance the meridians
  • Learn an advanced system designed to address cyclical and seasonal disorders or any pathology triggered by a sudden life event
  • Expand your treatment options for seasonal disorders such as allergies, joint and muscle pain, and depression
  • Discover Dr. Tan’s amazing invention to treat difficult cases involving multiple internal and external disorders
  • Learn a logical yet simple technique to deeply balance and harmonize all 12 meridians using only 12 needles
  • Confidently construct quick and effective treatments for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and diabetes
  • Raise the bar in your clinical practice—this course was created to address the requests of advanced students seeking to apply several of aspects of the Balance Method in 1 treatment
  • Understand how, when, and why to mix treatment strategies in clinical practice
  • Achieve clarity—this is the perfect ending to the four-day intensive
  • Analyze case studies and demos that will clarify how to choose the best strategies in real-life scenarios
  • Expand your knowledge of the Eight Extras in relation to Balance Method theory
  • Learn how to incorporate the Eight Extras to enhance the effectiveness of your treatments
  • Use confluent points along with the Yin/Yang Balancing Dynamic for extraordinary results
  • Discover which cases are best suited or contraindicated for treatment with the Eight Extras
  • Learn how to translate Zang-Fu and emotional diagnoses into a “Meridian Diagnosis” for an optimally effective treatment
  • Discover one of the most famous and effective Ba Gua Methods using only 2 needles to balance a whole meridian
  • Learn to recognize different body/constitutional types and their associated disorders
  • Achieve resolution of more complicated internal disorders such as insomnia, allergies, hormonal, and psychological conditions
Balance Method Dào Dé Gōng Fǎ 道德功法

Also known as Qi Cultivation, Gongfa is self-care practice. We know that most illnesses start as mental, emotional, and physical stress that, if not discharged, becomes chronic. This epigenetic process produces diverse symptoms and sicknesses, but their root is imbalance. As a Balance Method practitioner, we always seek equilibrium. Our goal is regeneration rather than degeneration. The classical principles you learned in our Core Foundation Track (CFT), such as yinyang 陰陽, sixiang 四相, bagua 八卦, and yi 易 are not just philosophical abstractions. Besides applying them to acupuncture, you can directly embody them for greater awareness, wellness, relaxation, and efficacy both clinically and personally. Through the cumulative benefits of Gongfa on your mind, heart, and body, your best self emerges to affect your patients by positive example.

For all practitioners, Gongfa is thus a practical complement with the following main benefits:

  • Protects the practitioner from resonating with internal and external pathogenic influences from patients.
  • Increases the practitioner’s efficiency, effectiveness, and intuition for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Helps practitioners keep balance, avoid exhaustion, and exert stronger positive presence on patients.

For acupuncturists, Gongfa more specifically optimizes results during the needling phase. Like Balance Method Acupuncture, Gongfa also utilizes a three-step process to deliberately apply the practitioner’s intention, emotion, and action towards treatment results. Gongfa can be directly implemented by acupuncturists to upgrade their clinical work as well as prescribed to patients to enhance the stability of their acupuncture treatments.

As acupuncturists our primary tool is the filiform needle. We may be familiar with it as a medical device composed of sterile metal material. However, to elevate clinical efficacy and accelerate professional mastery, what the practitioner directs through the needle is vital.

In other words, it is the practitioner who empowers the needle to affect the patient. To amplify this positive influence, there are particular details and subtle nuances that must be employed. Over many years of trial and error, mature acupuncturists or those who were fortunate to apprentice under a master, may gradually realize these essentials. Discouraged by mediocre results, the majority may quit long before reaching this level.

Rather than remain implicit this capacity can be deliberately trained as specific skills. These start by needling with intention. In this seminar, participants will learn the elements necessary to needle with more confidence and efficiency. They will practice directly implementing self-care cultivation (Gong Fa) into their clinical practice with the goal of providing clients with better care and greater success.

The Three Essentials: Bā Zì 八字

Decoding the connection between birth-determined personal timing and wellness
In Chinese culture, there are Three Essentials, or factors, critical to attaining and maintaining physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being: Ba Zi, Timing, and Environment Design Medicine.

Our The Three Essentials Seminar:

  • Explains how to read and interpret a Ba Zi chart
  • Delves into the importance of personal versus timing
  • Explores Ba Zi timing in determining optimal treatments
  • Touches on advanced Chinese philosophy on the Three Essentials and the role of these factors in manifesting a more robust and fulfilling life.

Ba Zi can significantly improve your practice

  • Provides insight into patient strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities which may impact past, present, and future conditions
  • Helps identify patient personality, thinking patterns, and disposition to facilitate communication
  • Aids in diagnosis and may help you address emotional blockages inhibiting treatment outcomes
  • Offers a deeper look into the root of more complex issues, including Shen disorders, chronic illness, and recurring conditions

Ba Zi will help you learn more about yourself

  • Your own Ba Zi chart will reveal inborn intricacies that have shaped your emotional, mental, and physical self
  • Details uncovered in your Ba Zi assessment will help you identify people, developments, opportunities, and dynamics that can enrich your life and your practice

DETAILED PROGRAM

No Prerequisite. This class is open to anyone seeking to learn about Ba Zi for personal or professional benefit!

This seminar focuses on the stepwise process for developing a Ba Zi chart. Participants will become proficient in creating a person’s constitutional chart based on their date, time, and place of birth. We encourage you to come to class with the birth data of some of your patients, particularly those with challenging conditions. Note, however, that pathologies and treatments will not be discussed in this class.

Participants will need to memorize all Chinese characters required to conduct Ba Zi readings. The meaning and classical origin of each character will be explained and participants will learn how to properly write and pronounce each symbol. To help you master these important skills, please visit “Learning Tools” to review and practice on your own.

Additionally, the Three Essentials will be defined and explained within the context of the 10 stems and 12 branches of a patient’s birth chart.

In this next level, we will learn how to analyze shen levels by using the birth data of your patients. Participants will be taught the necessary tools for more profound analysis of personality traits, family relationships, and primary life flow. Please feel free to bring cases from your clinic, relatives, or friends to practice these important skills. The instructor will also demonstrate how to present an analysis to a patient or client.

Before coming to class, please study the handouts for Level 2 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.

In this class, we will study more complex Ba Zi charts and learn to quickly, accurately, and reliably identify the main pattern of a person’s chart using simple rules. The class is based on a deeper understanding of Tian Gan (Heavenly Stems) and Di Zhi (Earthly Branches ) and outcomes of their interaction. This class is an ideal mix of theory and practical application; demonstrations will illustrate how to develop treatments based on Ba Zi.

Before coming to class, please review the handouts for Level 3 and practice using the videos provided in the “Learning Tools”.

This final seminar is reserved for dedicated students who have been practicing the Three Essentials in clinic. Extremely hands-on and requiring much interactivity, this coursework asks students to share their own successes and challenges in laying out birth charts and applying them in practice. Time allowing, this class will delve into the role of environmental factors, interpersonal relationships, and customization of treatments based on Ba Zi readings.

The Business Acumen of Successful Acupuncturists

This is a one-day, Level One certification course that discusses critical interpersonal skills essential for acupuncturists to elevate their business.

It takes more than needling expertise to deliver optimal treatments.

To provide quality, effective care that is consistently sought out, acupuncturists must understand, embrace, and internalize the dynamics that affect their personal approach to treating patients.

In this class, we will discuss how both your personal and professional self-confidence play a part in helping patients achieve their wellness goals. We will deconstruct unnecessary assumptions about patients and share tips and techniques for handling confrontations and maintaining boundaries with office staff and patients alike.

Perhaps most importantly, we will delve into the importance and methods of self-presentation and projecting the right attitude and energy to elevate your business and treatment success.

Treating Marijuana Syndromes with the Balance Method and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Three-day Course in treating Marijuana Syndromes with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine knows some things about marijuana that modern medicine hasn’t discovered yet…

This course is not about recovery or addiction.

It’s about assisting a population of tens of millions of people to effectively balance their chosen lifestyles.

This is in no way a class that advocates, teaches or enables practitioners to use or prescribe marijuana.

It is an intensive course to help practitioners to understand the potential effects of excessive use and abuse of marijuana and how to treat them using TCM.

The training will give you many tools to begin incorporating these kinds of treatments into your practice, and give you a strong foundation for future development in this area of specialty treatment if you so choose.

9AM-10:30 AM
Introduction.

10:30AM-10:45AM
Break.

10:45AM-11:15AM
Medical marijuana pros and cons.

11:15AM-12:30PM
The effects and side effects of marijuana in depth.

12:30PM-1:30PM
Lunch.

1:30PM-3:30 PM
Panel on theoretical treatments for marijuana related disorders.

3:30PM – 4:00PM
Break.

4:30PM-5:00PM
Ethics in the treatment of marijuana related disorders. Questions and Discussion.

Treating Marijuana Syndromes with Acupuncture

9AM-9:30AM
Brief review of day one, questions.

9:30AM- 11:00AM
Treating the effects and side effects of marijuana with acupuncture.

11:00AM-11:30AM
Break.

11:30AM -12:30PM
Special points for treating the effects and side effects of marijuana.

12:30PM-1:30PM
Lunch.

1:30PM – 3:30PM
Case Studies of Marijuana Syndromes.

3:30PM-4:00PM
Break.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Demo, Questions and Discussion.

Treating Marijuana Syndromes with Chinese Herbs

9:00AM-10:30AM
Treating Marijuana Syndromes through diet.

10:30AM-11:00AM
Break.

11:00AM-12:30PM
Side effects and therapeutic effects of Chinese Herbs on Marijuana Syndromes.

12:30PM-1:30PM
Lunch.

1:30PM-3:00PM
Treating the effects and side effects of marijuana with Chinese herbs.

3:00PM-3:30PM
Break.

3:30PM-5:00PM
Special herbs for treating the effects and side effects of marijuana.

5:00PM
End of the weekend.