The Roots of The Balance Method

Dr Tan's Balance Method is one of the most famous acupuncture schools in the West. The method was invented by Dr Tan while observing the world of acupuncture as it is today in the West and the difficult challenges it poses to therapists.

The first challenge - the herbalization of acupuncture. A process that began in the twentieth century in which the language of herbal medicine began to be used for acupuncture. A process that became more acute when it came to the West where an attempt was made to "validate" acupuncture points in the semi-pharmacological style. So we see the study of acupuncture in the format of point prescription or the format of Point functions. In our lecture we will attempt to return the therapeutic idea of acupuncture to meridian-based acupuncture rather than point-based acupuncture.

The second challenge - in looking at acupuncture treatment, we find it difficult to distinguish who is a Chinese medicine practitioner and who handles needles for physiotherapy. Often the treatments look exactly the same (local acupuncture in patient-sensitive areas). The difference between a Chinese medicine practitioner and a physiotherapist is not found in the technique, the type of needle, or the depth of the acupuncture. No expression creates the difference. The difference is in the root. A practitioner of Chinese medicine must be connected to the roots of Chinese medicine and to the principles written in the ancient texts. We will connect our work to the history of Chinese medicine, understand why there are so many different working techniques and schools of thought, and how the Ballance Method draws all its insights from the foundation of Chinese medicine.

The third challenge - the life of the therapist in the 21st century. The training process of therapists today is fundamentally different from the procedure used in Chinese history. Taking our complex medicine and turn it into a set of simple principles that can be implemented quickly and have great clinical results, while allowing the therapist an orderly process of study and deepening. This may be why we fell in love with the balancing method.

lecture objectives

Familiarity with the philosophy of the Balance Method

Explaining the connection between the historical roots of Chinese medicine and the Balance Method

Reviewing the difference between meridian-based acupuncture and those based on syndromes

To present the challenges practitioners facing with Chinese medicine in the twenty-first century and the way to deal with them

Lecture sources

Yellow Empero's Canon Internal Medicine – Su Wen , Ling Shu – China science & technology press.

Nan Ching – The classic of difficult issues – Paul Ulrich Unschuld , University of California Press.

Book of changes and Traditional Chinses Medicine – Yang Li , Beijing science & technology press.

Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy – Zhang Dainian – Foreign Languages Press.

Traditional Chinses Medicine in Chinese Culture  –  Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.

The Channels of Acupuncture – Giovanni Maciocia – Elsevier Churchill Livingstone

Applied Channel Theory in Chinses Medicine  – Wang Ju-Yi / Jason D.Robertson. Eastland Press Seattle.

Acupuncture 1,2,3 -  Richard The-Fu Tan O.M.D

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