Course Descriptions

The Academy of Acupuncture Seminars and Trainings

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 lectures, 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. A variety of programs are available for varying levels of skill and interest. Module 1: Dr. Tan’s Core Essentials is a seminar that is required introductory coursework but also recommended as repeat continuing education. From there, more advanced applications are available in Modules 2 through 5. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about new and upcoming classes.

Module 1 – Dr. Tan's Core Essentials

This course explores fundamental training on the Five Systems of the Balance Method, which are based on Ba Gua relationships and the Chinese Clock.  Developed by the late Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, this methodology focuses on logical needling of balancing meridians to heal body ailments. Upon completion of this coursework, participants will be able to apply the concepts immediately in practice to develop effective treatments. Note that this program is recommended for both beginning and returning advanced practitioners, as cumulative theoretical learning and needling practice is absolutely necessary for continued elevation of clinical practice.

 

The 3-day seminar includes:

  • Discussion of Mirroring and Imaging Formats for optimal point selection
  • Live demonstration of distal point techniques (to avoid aggravation of treatment site pain) and hands-on practical applications
  • Examination of actual case studies from the presenter and participants, including complicated scenarios involving musculoskeletal pain in numerous body areas
  • A focus on the treatment of pain (eg, musculoskeletal pain and injuries; chronic pain; tingling, burning, and numbness due to a variety of causes)
  • An emphasis on the use of the least number of needles to achieve great results
  • Integration of foundational methods in a practical format for better assimilation of the material
  • Introduction to and history of the Balance Method
  • Use of holographic images and Mirroring and Imaging Formats
  • Detailed explanations and discussion of Systems One and Two
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Detailed explanations and discussion of Systems Three, Four, and Five
  • Clarification on when to use each of the Five Systems
  • Interplay and integration of the Systems
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Review of key concepts from Days 1 and 2
  • How to approach pain disorders when a patient walks into your clinic
  • Case studies and demonstrations
    • Shoulder pain, back/spine treatments, Bells palsy, shingles, nerve pain
    • Unexplained pain disorders and disorders involving multiple regions
  • Choosing minimal needles and distal treatments: demonstrations and case studies from the group
  • Practical concerns, including speaking with patients, handling complications, determining the required number of treatments, and red flags in medical assessments

Module 2 – Dr. Tan's Point Prescriptions

This course will expand on the core principles taught in “Dr. Tan’s Core Essentials.”  All participants must have attended multiple Core Essentials seminars before advancing to this fast-paced, highly detailed coursework. Specific treatments, case studies, and demonstrations will be provided throughout.

 

This robust 3-day seminar includes:

  • Deep discussion on the treatment of functional and internal disorders
  • Clinical presentation of Yangming, Shaoyang, and Taiyang patterns
  • Use of the Imaging format to treat internal concerns and full-body pain
  • Advanced treatments specific to male and female disorders, such as Dr. Tan’s Eight Magical Points
  • Actual case study explorations of internal syndromes including digestive, respiratory, gynecological, and emotional disorders
  • Exploration of Meridian Conversion—the relationship of channels to the hexagrams, a specialized application of Dr. Tan’s Global-Balance Ba-Gua methods
  • Development of simple treatments that affect the body at a deep energetic level
  • Explanation of Zang-Fu diagnosis and associated Meridian diagnosis for devising effective herbal and acupuncture treatments
  • Discussion of difficult cases and hands-on demonstration showing practical applications of choosing and combining methods
  • Review of Imaging and Mirroring Formats
  • Explanation of the logical structure of the 5 Balance Method Systems
  • Discussion of several conditions and their treatments
    • Functional diseases
    • Respiratory diseases
    • Shen conditions
    • Hormone disorders
  • Recognizing Yangming and Shaoyang disease patterns
  • Dr. Tan’s 4 Magical Points for “narrow front”
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • Recognizing Taiyang disease patterns
  • Dr. Tan’s 4 Magical Points for kidney disorders
  • Discussion of several conditions and their treatments
    • Low back pain
    • Infertility / OB/GYN-concerns
    • Male disorders (ie, prostate disease, infertility, erectile dysfunction)
    • Heat diagnoses
    • Chronic illness
  • Integrating herbal treatments with acupuncture
  • 8 Magical Points for hormone disorders
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations
  • I Ching Theory and Meridian relationship to Ba Gua
  • The 5 Shu-Transporting Points
  • Needling the 5 Transporting points as they correspond to the Yaos
  • Historic uses of Zang-Fu diagnosis to create herbal treatments
  • Equating Zang-Fu diagnosis to Meridian Diagnosis
  • Devising treatments based on Meridian Conversion Therapy
  • Demonstrations and case study explorations

Advanced Track

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 Season – 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 e-mail us and send your specific questions.

  • 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
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  • 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

I Ching for Optimal Wellness

Heaven and Humankind Are One:

Learn the Magic of the I Ching to Enhance Your Life

If you’ve ever heard of the I Ching, you may know that the 64 hexagrams within this 2,500 year-old book have been used throughout Chinese history as a diagnostic tool to uncover the roots of and potential treatment approach to a person’s medical or personal concern. In this 4-day course, we will provide the essentials of the I Ching and share the magic of the hexagrams so that you can apply the wisdom of this tome to help guide your life.

In the first 2 days of the program, we will learn about using the I Ching as a tool for gaining objective insights into any situation through analysis of the hexagrams. The last 2 days will dive deeper into the use of the I Ching as a tool for medical diagnosis and treatment. By the end of this engaging and insightful course, you’ll have the practical know-how to use the I Ching as a tool to gain objective advice about your life and your overall well-being.

 

“If you wish to be a great doctor you should be well-versed in I Ching.” – Sun Simiao (581-682)

Welcome to the I Ching, the 2,500 year-old tome used throughout Chinese history as a diagnostic tool to uncover the roots of and potential treatment approach to a person’s medical or personal concern. In this 4-day course, we will discuss the essentials of the I Ching and its 64 hexagrams so that you can apply the wisdom of this tome to help guide your life.

The first two days of the course will cover the practice of the I Ching as a tool for gaining objective insights in any situation by analyzing the hexagrams. The next two days will focus on the application of the hexagrams for medical diagnosis and treatment. At the end of the course, you will know how to use the hexagrams of the I Ching as objective advisors in your personal life as well as in your medical practice.

  • Part I: Introduction, history, and layout of the I Ching

    • Introduction
    • Brief history of early divination in China
    • Short history of the I Ching
    • Contents of the I Chin

    Part II: Structure and application of the hexagram (1): trigrams

    • Exploring the meaning and use of trigrams
    • Student exploration: consulting the I Ching to create your personal hexagram

    Part III: The practice of divination

    • Background: chance, resonance, synchronicity, fate
    • The cardinal rule: “There are no rules”
    • The “coin method”

    Part IV: The structure and application of the hexagram (2): lines

    • Lines: their structure, meanings, and associations
    • Moving lines (dongyao) and how to apply their meaning
    • Student exploration: revisiting personal hexagrams with new findings
  • Part I: Recap of day 1

    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Structure and application of the hexagram (3): trigram circles

    • Exploration of different circle types (xiantianbagua and houtianbagua)
    • Additional associations and meanings of trigrams

    Part III: Structure and application of the hexagram (4): nuclear trigrams & baoti (90 min)

    • Nuclear trigrams and their obstructions
    • Upper and lower nuclear trigrams
    • Enveloping trigrams (baoti)
    • Student exploration: re-examination of personal hexagrams with new findings

    Part IV: Structure and application of the hexagram (5): sancai

    • A short history: heaven, man, and earth
    • Meaning and application of the sancai in trigrams, hexagrams, and line relationships
    • Student exploration: re-examination of personal hexagrams with new findings

    Part V: Knowledge checkpoint: putting it all together

    • Group sessions
    • Evaluation

    Part VI: Guidelines about divination: sharing thoughts and experiences

    • Background and old and new perspectives
    • Reality vs expectation
    • Focusing on images and intuition
    • Using the hexagram toward reaching goals
    • Battling a future fallacy
  • Part I: Recap of day 2

    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Short history of divination for health

    • Oracles bones
    • Early manuscripts and philosophy

    Part III: Application of the trigrams for medical purposes

    • Trigrams as body parts, organs, symptoms, influences, and typology
    • Examples of applications
    • Student exploration: consultation and application of the Yijing for real cases

    Part III: Application of the lines for medical purposes

    • Lines as a representation of the body or illness
    • Associations with Chinese Medicine
    • Meanings and associations of moving lines
    • Student exploration time

    Part IV: Moving trigrams

    • The meaning of unbalanced trigrams in Chinese Medicine
    • How to regain balance
    • Meanings for a possible treatment
    • Student exploration time
  • Part I: Recap of day 3

    • Overview of final day syllabus
    • Lingering and new questions from the previous day’s material

    Part II: Nuclear trigrams and baoti (90 min)

    • Hidden meanings of nuclear trigrams
    • Enveloping trigrams (baoti)
    • Student exploration time

    Part III: Houtianbagua and season strength (90 min)

    • Trigrams, organs, and timeliness
    • Student exploration time

    Part IV: Exercises and practice

    Final questions and course evaluation