Balance Acupuncture Foundations book cover
The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture: A Clinical Reference Manual has everything you need to know and more to get started with Balance Acupuncture, from its history and origins, to practical theory. The detailed illustrations and case studies allow the practitioner to begin utilizing this powerful system from the get-go.
This easy-to-understand manual is filled with informational gems, a must-have for anyone interested in learning about Balance Acupuncture, or as a valuable reference for any established Balance Acupuncture practitioner.


This book, although seemingly simple, is the distillation of all of the skills applied to the beloved tradition that has been passed down to us from our honoured teachers.  It is an accurate description of several layers of logic that form the basis of our medical practice.
If you are a beginning student or an advanced practitioner of any of the Balance Method schools, reading, contemplating and applying the wisdom on these pages will spread a wildfire of healing through your practice, your community, and the world.
If your journey with the Balance Method is just beginning, count yourself as extremely fortunate to have come to this path in this way.  If your journey with the Balance Method has become your life path and dharma, welcome home.”
-from the Foreword by John Mini, MScM, L.Ac
Senior student, Certified Gold Level Practitioner and one of the “First Sixteen” of Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, L.Ac
“The late Dr. Richard Tan use to often say that he wanted his students to take his teachings past the mental level and into their heart.  Sonia Tan has clearly done so and fully embodies the knowledge of The Balance Method.  She is a gifted teacher that can lead her students from the beginning to advanced stages of learning in the wonderful art.”
-John Maxwell, MTOM, L.Ac
Senior student, Certified Gold Level Practitioner and one of the “First Sixteen” of Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, L.Ac
“Meet your new reference bestie, The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture: A Clinical Reference Manual. This well-crafted and curated guide definitely won’t collect dust (until you have it memorized, and, yes, you’ll want to memorize it).
I’m one of those people who needs instant results for my patients, and that’s exactly what I get using Balance System Acupuncture.  I had the honour of studying under the late Dr. Richard Tan, and I’m now lucky enough to be guided by Dr. Sonia Tan.  My practice has transformed with each new layer of knowledge they’ve imparted.  And surrounding myself with practitioners who speak the Balance System language has further revolutionized my practice.
I believe the Balance System is Acupuncture as it is truly meant to be practiced.  With this manual, we finally have a reference book that clearly lays out the Level 1 and 2 basics.
But, wonderful though this book is, don’t stop here.  To fully unlock the potential growth in your practice and career, I encourage you to take these levels with Sonia and experience the power of energetic educational exchange.  Her classes are not to be missed, if only for her drawing of a “sock monkey”, which will have you laughing for days!  Plus, who doesn’t want to learn the point that’s the size of a credit card?
Among the many gems I’ve received as a student of Sonia’s, this book will shine as a daily practice tool for years to come.”
-Sara Ward, R.Ac.
Certified Balance System Acupuncture Practitioner
Co-Owner of The Village Community Acupuncture, Vancouver, BC
Co-Author and creator of the Yin Yang Diet

Retrospective case series analysis on novel Acupuncture and TCM diagnostic and treatments for Allergic Rhinitis.

Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP

This retrospective case series analysis investigated a novel acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic and treatment approach, and its efficacy results in treating Allergic Rhinitis. The primary question associated with this research capstone was: “Does the novel integrative Blood plus Balance Method approach of Tan’s Strong Blood Strong Immunity, provide better efficacy and long term outcomes?” The historical cases were reviewed in a quantitative manner using weeks to symptom abatement, and weeks to (any) new onset in comparison to current studies as outcome measures. After a thorough review and analysis of the studies, the hypothesis was confirmed—not only does the Tan Strong Blood Strong Immunity produce quicker efficacy, it also provides longevity with no recurrence at a faster rate than the current studies. The results were discussed with implications for practice and recommendations for future research.


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