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Dr. Tan’s Balance Method
Yuxing Liu
Academy of Oriental Medicine at
Austin
Introduction
• Balance method is a series of acupuncture
systems rooted in the concept of healing the
body by balancing meridians
• It was developed by Dr. Richard The-Tan
• Based on TCM theory (Meridian theory)
• Neijing----Contralateral Needling (Juci)
Characteristics
1. Easy to do the treatment
2. immediate shift effect in the body
3. mostly used distal points, even no local points for the treatment
Clinical Applications
Many types of pain, such as migraine headache, fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis,
musculoskeletal pain and phantom-limb pain.
Pain-like sensations such as numbness, tingling, burning, aching, itching and
cramping on the affected meridians
Internal diseases such as nauseam asthma, IBS, insomnia, palpitation, sore
throat, cough, diarrhea, menorrhagia, P.M.S, Menopause, prostitis and
impotence
Skin diseases: acne, rashes, boils, bumps, pustules, flaking, and swelling
Strategy of Using balance method
• 1. Diagnosis based on meridian(s)
Determination of the sick (affected) meridian is the first step to providing fast
relief for the patient’s suffering
• 2. The five systems are used to determine
which meridian(s) should be needled
The Mirroring and Imaging Formats
assist in point selection along those
chosen meridians.
3. Needling
Balance Method Treatment
Guidline
• 1. Ask questions, listen, observe and palpate
• 2. Determine the sick meridian at the site of the complaint
• 3. Choose the needled meridian(s) to balance the sick
meridian(s) based on the Five systems, the 12 points
strategy or another advanced system
• 4. Palpate areas that mirror or image the complaint site.
• 5. Selecting points using the Mirroring Format,
• 6. Retain needles 45-90 minutes
• 7. Stimulate the needles at least once during the
treatment
Five systems of Balance method
• The Five Systems provide five different
approaches to determine which
Meridian(s) should be needled
• The five systems achieve a dynamic
balance by pairing meridians that are pre-
arranged in each particular system
System #1: The Anatomical Image system
Features of System #1, the Chinese Anatomical Image system
1) pairs channels with same Chinese meridian name
2) Hand channels treat foot channels and vice versa.
3) Yin channel treats for yin channel, and yang treats yang
4) Treats contra lateral side (opposite side)
System #1, the Chinese Anatomical Image system
(Chinese meridian Name-sharing)
1) Diagnose the channel or channels involved and identify by
energetic category.( hand or foot, Shaoyang, Taiyang,
Shaoyin, etc.).
2) Locate the area(s) along the affected channel(s) where the
pain or blockages seem to be.
3) Choose the appropriate diagonal channel ( i.e. L. hand
Shaoyang to treat R. foot Shaoyang, etc.)
4) Using the "anatomical image" principle, find ahshi points
on the diagonal channel that correspond with the area of pain
/blockage.
System #2: The "Bie Jing" or Branching Channel
system
Features of the Bie Jing system :
1) Uses Yang channels to treat Yin channels (and vice-versa).
2) Uses Hand channels to treat Foot channels.
3) If the condition treated is one-sided, Bie Jing treats the selected point on the
side that elicits the most Ahshi sensitivity upon palpation.
System #3: The Interior/Exterior Relationship
Features of the interior-exterior system :
1) Treats opposite side
2) Treats Yin channels for Yang, Yang channel for Yin:
3)Treats the Zang-fu paired channel. (hand for hand, foot for foot)
System #4: The Chinese Clock -- Opposites
Features of the Chinese Clock--Opposite system:
1) Is based on the Chinese Clock.
2) Treats Yang channels for Yin channel problems, Yin channels for Yang channel problems.
3) Treats hand channels for foot channel problems and vice-versa.
4) Depending on palpation and ahshi findings, uses either opposite or same side for treatment.
System #5: Chinese Clock -- The Neighbor System
The pairings are always with the
neighbor of the same polarity: Yang
with Yang, Yin with Yin.Thus,
looking at the diagram of the clock
above, the pairings are: (starting
with the Hand-Taiyang or SI
channel),
(1) Small Intestine (SI), with Urinary
Bladder (UB).
(2) Kidney (K), with Pericardium (P).
(3) San Jiao (SJ), with Gall Bladder
(GB).
(4) Liver (Lv), with Lung (Lu).
(5) Large Intestine (LI), with
Stomach (St).
(6) Spleen (Sp), with Heart (H).
Features of The Neighbor Clock System:
1) Is based on the Chinese Clock.
2) Treats channels of the same polarity (yin for yin,
yang for yang).
3) Treats the opposite side.
4) Treats foot for hand, vice-versa.
Needle: opposite side
Case: patient presents with hepatitis B, has right hypochondriac pain.
Mirroring Format
• First match the sick meridian to an appropriate meridian
by application of one the Five System. Then mirror the
“sick” area to a corresponding anatomical location on the
chosen needled meridian.
• Exact point selection is determined in many cases by
checking for “ashi”points in the mirrored area rather than
the standard acupuncture points
• In most cases, the Mirroring Format balances the upper
limb to the lower limb, or vise versa. System 3 is the only
exception that balances upper limb to upper limb and
lower limb to lower limb.
Finger Toe
Hand Foot
Wrist Ankle
Forearm Lower leg
Elbow Knee
Upper arm Thigh
Shoulder Hip
Finger Top of Hip
Hand Hip
Wrist Hip joint
Forearm Thigh
Elbow Knee
Upper arm Lower leg
Shoulder Ankle
Mirroring Format Reverse Mirroring Format
Imaging Format
• The imaging Format is a method of point selection
which images the sick area of the body onto a
different area of the body.
• The corresponding area on the needled meridian
often reflects tenderness, weakness or tightness
from the affected meridian of the head, trunk or
limb.
• The limbs can balance the head, and trunk, vice
versa.
Needled Area Sick
Image
Area
Reverse Image
Finger/Toe Testicles & anus Top of head
Hand/Foot Genitals, coccyx, sacrum Head & base of skull
Wrist/Ankle Bladder area/lumbo- Sacral
area
Neck and neck joint
Forearm/lower leg Lower abdomen, and lower
back
upper abdomen,rib cage
Chest, mid-upper back
Elbow/Knee Umbilicus level/L-2 Umbilicus level/L-2
Upper arm/upper
leg
Upper abdomen,rib cage,
Chest, mid-upper back
Lower abdomen, and lower
back
Shoulder/hip joint Neck, jaw, base of skull Genitals, coccyx, sacrum
Top of shoulder/top of
hip
Top of head Testicles & anus
Image of LIMBS to head and Trunk

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Dr. Tan's Balance Method.pdf (From Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin)

  • 1. Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Yuxing Liu Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin
  • 2. Introduction • Balance method is a series of acupuncture systems rooted in the concept of healing the body by balancing meridians • It was developed by Dr. Richard The-Tan • Based on TCM theory (Meridian theory) • Neijing----Contralateral Needling (Juci)
  • 3. Characteristics 1. Easy to do the treatment 2. immediate shift effect in the body 3. mostly used distal points, even no local points for the treatment Clinical Applications Many types of pain, such as migraine headache, fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain and phantom-limb pain. Pain-like sensations such as numbness, tingling, burning, aching, itching and cramping on the affected meridians Internal diseases such as nauseam asthma, IBS, insomnia, palpitation, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, menorrhagia, P.M.S, Menopause, prostitis and impotence Skin diseases: acne, rashes, boils, bumps, pustules, flaking, and swelling
  • 4. Strategy of Using balance method • 1. Diagnosis based on meridian(s) Determination of the sick (affected) meridian is the first step to providing fast relief for the patient’s suffering • 2. The five systems are used to determine which meridian(s) should be needled The Mirroring and Imaging Formats assist in point selection along those chosen meridians. 3. Needling
  • 5. Balance Method Treatment Guidline • 1. Ask questions, listen, observe and palpate • 2. Determine the sick meridian at the site of the complaint • 3. Choose the needled meridian(s) to balance the sick meridian(s) based on the Five systems, the 12 points strategy or another advanced system • 4. Palpate areas that mirror or image the complaint site. • 5. Selecting points using the Mirroring Format, • 6. Retain needles 45-90 minutes • 7. Stimulate the needles at least once during the treatment
  • 6. Five systems of Balance method • The Five Systems provide five different approaches to determine which Meridian(s) should be needled
  • 7. • The five systems achieve a dynamic balance by pairing meridians that are pre- arranged in each particular system
  • 8. System #1: The Anatomical Image system Features of System #1, the Chinese Anatomical Image system 1) pairs channels with same Chinese meridian name 2) Hand channels treat foot channels and vice versa. 3) Yin channel treats for yin channel, and yang treats yang 4) Treats contra lateral side (opposite side)
  • 9. System #1, the Chinese Anatomical Image system (Chinese meridian Name-sharing) 1) Diagnose the channel or channels involved and identify by energetic category.( hand or foot, Shaoyang, Taiyang, Shaoyin, etc.). 2) Locate the area(s) along the affected channel(s) where the pain or blockages seem to be. 3) Choose the appropriate diagonal channel ( i.e. L. hand Shaoyang to treat R. foot Shaoyang, etc.) 4) Using the "anatomical image" principle, find ahshi points on the diagonal channel that correspond with the area of pain /blockage.
  • 10. System #2: The "Bie Jing" or Branching Channel system Features of the Bie Jing system : 1) Uses Yang channels to treat Yin channels (and vice-versa). 2) Uses Hand channels to treat Foot channels. 3) If the condition treated is one-sided, Bie Jing treats the selected point on the side that elicits the most Ahshi sensitivity upon palpation.
  • 11. System #3: The Interior/Exterior Relationship Features of the interior-exterior system : 1) Treats opposite side 2) Treats Yin channels for Yang, Yang channel for Yin: 3)Treats the Zang-fu paired channel. (hand for hand, foot for foot)
  • 12. System #4: The Chinese Clock -- Opposites Features of the Chinese Clock--Opposite system: 1) Is based on the Chinese Clock. 2) Treats Yang channels for Yin channel problems, Yin channels for Yang channel problems. 3) Treats hand channels for foot channel problems and vice-versa. 4) Depending on palpation and ahshi findings, uses either opposite or same side for treatment.
  • 13. System #5: Chinese Clock -- The Neighbor System The pairings are always with the neighbor of the same polarity: Yang with Yang, Yin with Yin.Thus, looking at the diagram of the clock above, the pairings are: (starting with the Hand-Taiyang or SI channel), (1) Small Intestine (SI), with Urinary Bladder (UB). (2) Kidney (K), with Pericardium (P). (3) San Jiao (SJ), with Gall Bladder (GB). (4) Liver (Lv), with Lung (Lu). (5) Large Intestine (LI), with Stomach (St). (6) Spleen (Sp), with Heart (H).
  • 14. Features of The Neighbor Clock System: 1) Is based on the Chinese Clock. 2) Treats channels of the same polarity (yin for yin, yang for yang). 3) Treats the opposite side. 4) Treats foot for hand, vice-versa. Needle: opposite side Case: patient presents with hepatitis B, has right hypochondriac pain.
  • 15. Mirroring Format • First match the sick meridian to an appropriate meridian by application of one the Five System. Then mirror the “sick” area to a corresponding anatomical location on the chosen needled meridian. • Exact point selection is determined in many cases by checking for “ashi”points in the mirrored area rather than the standard acupuncture points • In most cases, the Mirroring Format balances the upper limb to the lower limb, or vise versa. System 3 is the only exception that balances upper limb to upper limb and lower limb to lower limb.
  • 16. Finger Toe Hand Foot Wrist Ankle Forearm Lower leg Elbow Knee Upper arm Thigh Shoulder Hip Finger Top of Hip Hand Hip Wrist Hip joint Forearm Thigh Elbow Knee Upper arm Lower leg Shoulder Ankle Mirroring Format Reverse Mirroring Format
  • 17. Imaging Format • The imaging Format is a method of point selection which images the sick area of the body onto a different area of the body. • The corresponding area on the needled meridian often reflects tenderness, weakness or tightness from the affected meridian of the head, trunk or limb. • The limbs can balance the head, and trunk, vice versa.
  • 18. Needled Area Sick Image Area Reverse Image Finger/Toe Testicles & anus Top of head Hand/Foot Genitals, coccyx, sacrum Head & base of skull Wrist/Ankle Bladder area/lumbo- Sacral area Neck and neck joint Forearm/lower leg Lower abdomen, and lower back upper abdomen,rib cage Chest, mid-upper back Elbow/Knee Umbilicus level/L-2 Umbilicus level/L-2 Upper arm/upper leg Upper abdomen,rib cage, Chest, mid-upper back Lower abdomen, and lower back Shoulder/hip joint Neck, jaw, base of skull Genitals, coccyx, sacrum Top of shoulder/top of hip Top of head Testicles & anus Image of LIMBS to head and Trunk