Treat pain in anywhere in the body with distal needling. This course is based on the article “The Foundations of Channel Theory” printed in the Journal of Chinese Medicine in September 2012 (issue 100) and years of studying with Dr Tan and his Balance Method.

This course describes, explains and leads to a real understanding of how and why meridians interact with each-other and how to use this information to improve clinical results. This information is invaluable in the clinical setting as it permits the acupuncturist to understand why they are choosing the acupuncture points they are using and to develop customized treatment plans for their patients. TCM has been teaching that each point has indications as to its function. These indications are often given without an explanation as to why or how the point works. This course demystifies this seemingly empirical information and gives the acupuncturist confidence in their treatment plan and allows them to know that their patient will get better.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess pain, orthopaedic conditions and physical complaints using meridian theory and devise an appropriate treatment plan
  • Understand classical empirical point indications in a logical non-empirical way.
  • Gain a different understanding of point descriptions by placing the focus on channel theory and understanding meridians
  • Enhance their practice by solidifying their prognostic skills based on meridian assessment


  • Introduction and theory of meridian interactions
  • I Ching and Ling Shu references
  • Breakdown of the six systems
  • Presented using the 24 hour clock model
  • Presentation of the Unified Acupuncture Theory and how it is used
  • Step by step logical construction of model
  • Visual representation of the model in action and Reasoning behind the model
  • Introduction to imaging and mirroring
  • Basic image and mirror of the body
  • Reversed basic image and mirror of the body
  • Demonstration of model working in demonstration
This Course Includes:
Acupuncture, TCM Theory
Pending Approval:
Category 1
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