Based on a long lineage of ancient, authentic teachings, the Tan Academy of Balance is passionate about education in the Three Essences of Balance: Astrology, Feng Shui and Classical Chinese medicine. The Acupuncture focus is Channel Theory, particularily Balance Method, a highly specialized area of Acupuncture know for its instant and efficient results.

Dr Sonia F. Tan BA, BA(H), DTCM Dip, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. is one of the few Certified Gold Level practitioners of the Balance Method aka Balance System Acupuncture under the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan with the blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the legacy.

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Woon-Yew Tan

Dr. Sonia F. Tan

Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan


Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. is a second generation Chinese Metaphysician, proudly following in the footsteps of her Grandfather, the late Woon-Yew Tan.

She is a direct and first graduating class disciple, of the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan.

Sonia has also trained with and is a certified practitioner of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, under Chinese metaphysics Master Marlyna Los & other Masters.


“Best teacher I've every had! Generous in her teaching and friendly. Very enthusiastic, clear and articulate. Splendid, interesting, sharing knowledge in a fluid way. Very passionate. Animated. Sonia is very alive.”

Quebec, Canada 2019

One of the best acupuncture courses I've ever taken. Sonia is the best. Very important foundation for any acupuncture.

Langara College student, Vancouver, Canada 2018

As usual, great job Sonia. I always learn so much from you. You are a true gift to the profession and the world. Thank you so very much for going above and beyond.

Private student, Vancouver, Canada 2018.




Learn from and be inspired by a dynamic, engaging, clear and credible teacher, who is passionate about passing the knowledge on

Improve your clinical outcomes with higher efficiency and more consistent, quicker results

Discover an effective, logical system for the application of acupuncture, and a community of like-minded colleagues to grow your knowledge in this revolutionary practice

Integrate the knowledge of the San Cai – Three Essences of Life Balance (Astrology, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine) and the practice of a classical Chinese medicine doctor

Enlighten & align to both the logical & spiritual sides of Chinese medicine & metaphysics, an be a part of an authentic lineage


Balance System Acupuncture Advanced: Levels 2.5P+5+6 Practical+Five Phase+Seasonal Balance

June 28, 2024 - June 30, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Sydney, Australia
In-Person Course

This Advanced Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) seminar is a two to three-day course of Levels BSA 2.5P-Foundations Practical, BSA 5-Five Phases Balancing + BSA 6-Balance in the Seasons. Take your Balance Acupuncture to the next level as we refine your practical skills, revisit and integrate the I-Ching! In-person only. Hosted by Chinese Medicine Education.

Check out the free BSA Foundations Shop Talk video with Chinese Medicine Education 👉

Course qualifies as prerequisite levels for entry into the Balance System Acupuncture Certificate program at the Tan Academy of Balance Inc, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Cohort entries are September every year.


Eight Extra Channels and Vessels mentorship Module 6: The Four Transporters

July 26, 2024 - July 28, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC
In-Person Course | Mentorship

Eight Extra Channels and Vessels mentorship with Dr. Yvonne Farrell. Strategies for treating psycho-emotional pain and surviving adversity. The Eight Extraordinary Vessels (8EV) Seas Transporters with Luos, Sinews, Divergents and Earth school. Held in-person only.

Cohort 1 Module 6: The Four Transporters.


Equivalency Test: Level 1 and 2

Date: August 25, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online
Certificate Program

Balance System Acupuncture – Foundations Equivalency Test for Level 1 and 2. *Online only. Starts at 9am Pacific time.

Steps to Register

Our new registration system now streamlines the process for students to see and register for all available TAB courses, make deposits, early-bird, and pay-as-you-go payments directly, and see course outlines and schedules all from our central!


  • Click Here to Register for a TAB Student Account.
  • You can then access the TAB Student Access page and see all available Courses in the TAB Store.
  • Select and register for “BSA Foundations Equivalency Test for Levels 1 and 2”.

Balance System Acupuncture Foundations Levels 1+2: Single + Multiple System Balance

September 27, 2024 - September 29, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In-Person Course

*New dates*: September 27-29, 2024

The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture in a combined three-day course of Levels 1+2 Single and Multiple Systems Balance Acupuncture! Effective and east to use pain, musculo-skeletal and internal medicine strategies you can put to use right away! In-person only. Hosted by The Order of Quebec Acupuncturists, Quebec, Canada.

Course qualifies as prerequisite levels for entry into the Balance System Acupuncture Certificate program at Tan Academy of Balance Inc, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Cohort entries are September every year.

Certified Chinese Astrology Practitioner – Level 5: Integrate

October 26, 2024 - October 27, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Vancouver, BC
Certificate Program | In-Person Course | Live Webinar | Mentorship

Certified Chinese Astrology Practitioner mentorship with Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP.

Cohort 1 – Level 5: Integrate.

Imaging making sense of the cycles of the Chinese solar, lunar calendar & constitutional energy and how to live in harmony with it. Ready to put on a life-long lens of understanding people and the life trajectories? Interested in learning how to apply this to Chinese medicine and Feng Shui? You’ve asked, you’ve waited, and now Dr. Sonia F. Tan is ready to deliver.

This is a Certificate program over 2.5 to 3 years. You will be learning how to manage the karmic energy of a person’s constitution; hence it is very important you learn how to be both competent, and mindful in how you treat this knowledge. This method of teaching is how Dr. Sonia F. Tan has chosen to ensure the highest integrity for everyone.

Hybrid learning with both in-person and online options.

Registration is closed. Cohort 2 will begin 2026. Applications due 2025. Email hello(at) for more information.


Education in the Balance of the Three Essences of Life


Chinese Astrology


Balance System Acupuncture, Channel Theory and Chinese Medicine


Feng Shui

Doctors in ancient China were educated and practiced in all the Three Essences of Life in order to create whole life balance for a person. Dr. Sonia F. Tan DAOM, R.Ac., R.TCM.P. follows in these footsteps of her family and teachers, and the lineage of the original way of health care.

"You can't stop the waves but you can learn how to surf"

John Kabat-Zinn

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