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Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

Developed by Dr. Richard Tan


San Diego, CA

Dr. Richard Tan, O.M.D., L.Ac.


ACUPUNCTURE 1, 2, 3

3 OTHER BOOKS BY DR.


TAN

Dr. Tans Balance Method


Simple and effective method for treating
all types of pain
Patients can often be treated sitting in
chair without undressing
Pain improvement is immediate
Treatment time 30-60 minutes
Use one to 12 needles (varies)
No electricity or Moxa
May need to repeat treatments at
various intervals

Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

1. Identify the affected sick meridian(s)

2. Determine the balancing

or treating meridian(s)

3. Chose the acupoints to use


Assess desired response
If no improvement, reassess
Leave needles for 30-60 min.

Remember 3 Principal Meridian Sub-circuits!

Dr. Tans balancing meridians: first method: (opposite side)


LR-MH; TH-GB; KI-HT; SI-BL; SP-LU; LI-ST

Remember 3 Principal Meridian Sub-circuits!

Dr. Tans balancing meridians: third method: (opposite side)


TH-MH; GB-LR; SI-HT; BL-KI; LI-LU; ST-SP

Treating left hip pain


DR. TANS METHOD

1. Identify sick meridian:


Left hip Gall Bladder (GB 30)
2. Determine treating or
balancing meridian (s):
Right arm San Jiao
3. Determine the acupoint(s)
Using the mirror format
Palpate for ashi (tender) points
Right arm SJ 14 was chosen

NEEDLE IN SJ 14

Treating left hip pain


DR. TANS METHOD

Left hip pain was 8/10

Needle was left for 30-60 min.

No electricity or moxa

Patient was able to continue to


work at her desk

After treatment, hip pain was


essentially gone. Patient was
very happy. But pain gradually
returned after 24 hours.

NEEDLE IN SJ 14

Treating left hip pain


DR. TANS METHOD

The same procedure was


repeated several times
over the course of a month
with similar benefits.

Unfortunately, MRI showed


severe OA and AVN and
patient is scheduled to
have elective surgery

NEEDLE IN SJ 14

Using Dr. Tans method for LBP

70 year old man with osteoarthritis


and controlled DM II and remote B/L
THRs

c/o one month hx LBP,


3/10 at rest, 8/10 severity with activity
No radiation or paresthesias
Localizes pain around left L4 to S2 level

Using Dr. Tans method for LBP

Video of Tan's balance method of acupu


ncture for LBP.pptx

Tans method for LBP

1. Determine the affected median:


This case: left lower back bladder meridian at L4-S2
2.
a.
b.
c.

Find the balancing meridians:


Small intestine meridian (synergistic meridian)
Lung meridian
Kidney meridian (coupled meridian)

3. Determine the acupoints using the mirror method or the imaging


method.
a. SI 3-7
b. LU 6-10
c. KI 2 9
(palpate for ashi points)

Using Dr. Tans method for LBP

Video of Tan's balance method of acupu


ncture for LBP.pptx

Freds LBP treatment

Daily 60 min treatment x 3 days

Declined treatment after that

LBP continued to improve and he was


able to exercise on the treadmill and
be free of disabling back pain

Tans method for elbow pain:


lateral epicondylitis

1. Determine the sick meridian:


for lateral epicondylitis: Large Intestine (LI 11)

2. Find the balancing treating meridians:


A. Stomach meridian (on the opposite leg)
B. or
C. Lung meridian (opposite arm)
3.
A.
B.
C.

Determine the acupoints using the mirror method


ST 35 (opposite leg)
or
Lu 5 (opposite arm)
(palpate for ashi points, which are likely more therapeutic)
Leave needles in for 30-60 minutes, no electricity or Moxa.
May repeat daily or as needed.

Tans method for knee pain:


patellofemoral syndrome

1. Determine the sick meridian(s):


Stomach meridian (St 35)
2. Find the balancing treating meridians:
a. Large intestine meridian (arm, opposite side of the body)
b. or
c. Spleen meridian (opposite leg)
3. Determine the acupoints using the mirror format:
a. LI 11 (opposite side)
b. or
c. SP 9 (opposite side)
(palpate for ashi points, which are likely more therapeutic)
Leave needles in for 30-60 minutes, no electricity or Moxa.
May repeat daily or as needed.
* LI 11 is effective for treating knee pain of various etiologies. (use arm on opposite side
of body from painful knee.)

Patient live
demonstrations

1. Locate the pain and determine the


sick meridian(s)

2. Determine the balancing or


treating meridian(s)

3. Using the mirroring format or the


imaging format, determine the acupoints
use ashi points
Pain should improve immediately.

Chinese
Clock

Chinese
Clock

Dr. Tans Imaging Format

Balancing Meridians

Tans Special Tx for Abdominal


Symptoms

Tans Combination for LBP