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This series has been compiled and presented by a learning acupuncturist M.Manoharan.

this all has


happened accidentally. After my training under Master Sastriji in a residential workshop in Mumbai,
on Tung and Tan Acupunture, master has asked me to teach Dr.Tan Balancing System on line and as
a result this series of lessons have been prepared by me and posted at regular intervels at
acupuncture forums. I committed myself to complete this series before his next seminar and I have
concluded this series today with the blessing of Master Sastry. I am very thankful to my master
Mr.Raju Krishna, a director of Medicina alternative, Columbo from whom I have learnt TCM, which
opened my doors to acupuncture world. I bow to both of my masters and this work is dedicated to
them.
Dr.Tans Balance Method Acupuncture
Lesson 1: Introduction
Master Tung was born in china and some form of acupuncture system was practiced in the some
Chinese families at that time. It was not based on TCM principle and it was only traditionally handed
over to male members of the family for generations, kept very secretively. In 1949Communists
have taken over China during which period acupuncturists were treated very badly and many
acupuncture fled out of china fearing for life. Master Tung was one such acupuncturist fled to
Taiwan and started practice . Later he decided to make this system open and started teaching this
system outside the family , taking any interested students. His system was slightly different from
TCM and his meridians and points system is slightly deviating from TCM. His system is about treating
opposite sides of the sick side of the body, literally treating the healthy side. This system has all
major points on the extremities. i.e. hands and legs. This has kept the risk level minimum.
Master Tan is one of Master tungs deciple who further developed the balance system . His principle
is treating contra lateral or opposite side will give instant result. This system is famous for
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Treat the problems distally


Use of minimum needles
Immediate result
Instantly know the used points are correct or not
Easy to follow
Need not have TCM knowledge

So to learn this system, let us have some fundamental. Our Body has 12 organs and these organs are
catagorised in 3 groups. The grouping starts with Lung. Let us see the groups:
Group 1:
Lung
Large Intestine
Stomach
Spleen

Group 2
Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney
Group 3
Pericardium
Sanjiao or Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver
Why the groups are defined in this order.?

Tan lesson 2: Order of Qi Flow


The sequence of organs are arranged in the in the sequence of energy flow following the Chinese
meridian clock. Though in all organs continuous energy is flowing, each organ gets its maximum
energy flow at ever 2 hours. As per the clock the lung energy time is 3-5 am which means lung
energy starts increasing from 3 am and reach its peak at 4 am and then starts decreasing and
reaches its minimum at 5 am. Then the large intestine becomes more efficient between 5- 7 am.
During this time our bowels try to evacuate the remains and wait for the fresh intake. Then the
stomach works at its best between 7-9 am. If we want our digestion is to be better to use this time
for breakfast. Then the energy shifts to spleen meridian between 9-11 am. You can refer the
following diagram for understanding energy flow through the meridians.

1st cycle starts from lung which is anatomically located at the top of the middle region. The cycle
starts with hand yin organ of the 1st group (lung) reaches the hand fingers then returns as pair yang
organ (LI) reaches the head and continues through next yang organ (stomach) reaches the leg fingers
and returns to chest through yin meridian (spleen) and completes the cycle. In the 1st group 2 yin
organs (lung and spleen) and 2 yang organs (LI and stomach) are covered.
2nd cycle starts from Heart ,the next organ below lung goes to SI, then UB and kidney and returns to
Heart. Similarly 3rd cycle starts from Pericardium , then TW, then GB ,then Liver and returns to PC.
The 3 energy cycles independently runs within the group Gr 1, Gr. 2 and Gr.3 but also flows from
Gr.1 to Gr.2 to Gr.3 and returns to Gr.1 covering all organs.
Our body is a connection between yin energy from mother earth and yang energy from father
heaven and both energies nurture our body. You can observe all yang channels starts from top and
always flow down. All yin channels starts from ground and flows up. This is natures law.
Now how this is important for TAN system let us explore in next lesson.

Lesson 3: Yin and Yang Balance


We have seen now there are 12 organs and hence 12 main meridians. One should not get confused
these organs are only controlled by these meridians. Meridians are only pathways going through
respective organs and many times the diseases of organs are influenced by other meridians also.
There are 6 yin meridians and 6 yang meridians. Other 2 major meridians DU and Ren which is called
sea of yang and sea of yin respectively. 6 yin meridians are distributed 3 on hand and 3 on leg.
Similarly 6 yang meridians are distributed 3 on hand and 3 on leg.
Hand yin
Lung
Heart
Pericardium

Hand Yang
Large intestine
Small intestine
Triple warmer

Leg yang
stomach
Urinary bladder
Gall bladder

Leg yin
spleen
kidney
Liver

When yin energy is balanced by yang energy, the health is in harmony. When yin is more, cold
diseases and when yang is more, hot diseases occur. The body is designed in such a way that if yin
channel runs on interior, the paired yang channel runs exactly opposite on the exterior side. If yin
channel runs on the medial side the paired yang channel runs on the lateral side, so that they
perfectly balance each other.
On hand Lung channel runs on medial side, the paired yang channel Large intestine runs on the
lateral side on the same axis. Similarly,
Heart
SI
arrow refers order of Qi flow
Pericardium
triple warmer
On foot spleen channel runs on medial side, the paired yang channel Stomach channel runs on
lateral side on the same axis. Similarly,
Kidney
UB
.arrow refers order of Qi flow
Liver
GB
They always balance each other. For the same reason if jingwell point of yin channel starts, with
wood point, yang channel is just behind the same with, metal point. In the KO cycle wood is
controlled by Metal. You can find the sequence of command points as below.
Yin
Yang
Jingwell
wood
metal
controls wood
Ying spring
fire
water
controls fire
Shu stream
earth
wood
controls earth
Jing river
metal
fire
controls metal
He sea
water
earth
controls water
In our body all yin points meet at chest/heart and All yang points meet at head
Yin is feminity ..yang is masculinity..
Now you know why most women decides by heart and men decides by head. Here I am not talking
about intellectual level or which is superior. It is not superior or inferior. It is only an attribute.

Lesson 4 : Meridians as their TCM representation


Dr.Tans Global Balance method has 5 different systems of treatment protocols ( rather 6 which is
rarely used) . In case of a problem in specific areas, these protocols helps us to identify the distal
area of treatment. The problem can be a pain or internal disease. This makes it clear, that we are not
going to treat the problems, on the problem area or local points. The more distal we go, the results
are more effective. It is important to understand the meridian system and their chinease
representation before embarking a journey into Tans Balance system.
We so far understood there are 12 meridians. In each organ group ( refer lesson 1) there are 4
meridians. If we have a close look at the group, there are 2 yin meridians and 2 yang meridians in
each group. If we look at micro level, we will understand 2 yin meridians are running in the up
direction, where one yin meridian ends the other yin meridian starts and continue its course in up
direction . One yin meridian starts from leg and ends at chest and another yin meridian starts and
ends at hand. All Yin meridians starts from bottom of the leg (mostly fingers) and reaches the top of
hand (fingers).
Similarly one yang meridian of each group starts from hand, travels in the down direction ,ends at
head . The other yang meridian starts at head further travels down and reaches the leg. This means
yin meridians start from leg and reaches hand and yang meridians start at hand and reaches leg.
Let us see with examples from group 1: Lung, Large intestine, Stomach and Spleen
Spleen meridian starts from medial side of the toe ends at chest, and lung meridian starts at chest
and goes up to the radial end of the thumb. Both are yin meridians. In TCM both meridians are
considered as one channel and called as Tai Yin channel.
Similarly Large intestine meridian starts from radial end of 2nd finger (hand) and ends at tip of the
nose. Next the stomach meridian starts from below the eyes and travels down to lateral side of 2nd
finger (leg). Both are yang meridians. In TCM both meridians are considered as Yang ming channel.
Now Let us see the chinese names of all meridians:
Group 1 Spleen & lung ..Tai yin Large intestine & Stomach : yang ming
Group 2 kidney & Heart.Shao yin.Small intestine & UB
: Tai yang
Group 3 Liver & PericardiumJue yin .Triple Warmer & GB
: Shao yang
Remembering this pattern is going to make the understanding of Tans protocols lot easier. Tan.s
system is based on imaging systems. Imaging one part of the body on to other part of the body. This
makes it intresting Let us go to imaging techniques in the next lesson.

Lesson 5 : Homologous structures


Friends, Let us see what makes the Tans Balance system simple and interesting. It is interesting
because any one can understand easily. The key is to treat opposite side, contra lateral which
means, if your left hand has got a problem, you treat the right leg and if your left leg has got a
problem, you treat the right hand. Is it not simple?...But you will ask why it works this way? Do you
know that, the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain
controls the left side of the body? If you know the answer for this, you know why Dr. Tans Balance
system works this way. Good.. If you have a problem in left hand, you treat the right leg. But the
question is where in the right leg?....
Let us compare the structure of hand and leg for a better understanding.
1. We have 5 fingers in the hand and so in the leg.
2. Next comes the wrist and so ankle in the leg.
3. Forearm has 2 bones, Radius and Ulna. Similarly lower leg has 2 bones, Tibia and Febula.
4. Next comes elbow , so the knee..
5. Upper arm has single big bone called Humerus and upper leg has a single big bone
called Femur
6. Hand hinges on a ball and socket joint at the shoulder and so as the leg on the hip.
7. Hand has Deltoid muscle to connect to the top of the back and leg has Gluteal muscle to
connect to bottom of the back.
Look how similar hands and legs are made by the creator. It is a homologous structure. So the key to
the problem on the leg, is located on the hand at the similar location.
1. Foot is similar to hand
2. Ankle is similar to wrist
3. Lower leg is similar to fore arm.
4. Knee is similar to elbow.
5. Upper leg is similar to upper arm.
6. Hip joint is equivalent to shoulder

Hence foot treats hand , ankle treats wrist and vice versa. So far what we have seen is a straight
image. In most of the cases the more distal point from the point of problem , treats the cases more
effectively. Does it look like the principle of leverage. Yes.. you get more leverage ,if you go more
distal.
We can also treat as per reverse image. In reverse image shoulder points treat ankle, upper arm
treats upper leg and vise versa. Is it not interesting ?..
More imaging techniques on the next lesson.

Lesson 6 : Imaging systems on non similar parts

In last lesson Tan 5, we have seen regular and reverse correlation between homologous structures.
i.e between hand and leg. In these cases we can treat any hand problem on opposite leg and leg
problems on opposite hand. But then you would ask me , how to treat problems on head and torso.
Now we take the imaging system which means, imagining the head and body on hand. Imaging
system comes in handy to treat all parts of the body on the hands or legs which is by finding a
correlation between two non similar parts.
Picture 1

picture 2

Picture 1 depicts a relation between head and body with the arm. Again We have straight imaging
and reverse imaging system can be applied here.
In straight imaging system
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The head is represented by shoulder


Chest and upper back is represented by upper arm
Navel is represented by elbow.
Lower abdomen & lower back is represented by fore arm
Hip is represented by wrist and
Pelvis is represented by hand

In reverse imaging system


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The head is represented by hand


Neck & shoulder is represented by wrist
Chest and upper back is represented by fore arm
Navel is represented by elbow.
Lower abdomen & lower back is represented by upper arm
Pelvis is represented by shoulder

So the body points can be treated on hand.

Picture 2 depicts a relation between head and body with the fore arm only. Again We have straight
imaging and reverse imaging system can be applied here.
In straight imaging system
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The head is represented by elbow


upper back is represented by upper forearm
Ribs/chest is represented by mid forearm.
waist is represented by wrist and
Pelvis /lower back is represented by hand

In reverse imaging system


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The head is represented by hand


Neck/shoulder is represented by wrist
Ribs/chest is represented by mid forearm.
Abdomen is represented by upper forearm and
Pelvis /lower back is represented by elbow

Similarly we can also imagine body on the leg also, so that the body problems can be treated on the
leg. We will look at the leg correspondence system in the next lesson.

Lesson 7 : Imaging systems on non similar parts & Head

In last lesson Tan 6, we have seen regular and reverse correlation between complete arm and body
& head , also between forearm and body & Head.. In these cases we can treat any body & head
problem on corresponding hand . Now we take the imaging system which means, imagining the
head and body on leg. Imaging system comes in handy to treat all parts of the body on the hands or
legs which is by finding a correlation between two non similar parts.
Picture 1

Picture 1 depicts a relation between head and body with the complete leg. Again We have straight
imaging and reverse imaging system can be applied here.
In straight imaging system
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The head is represented by Hip


Chest and upper abdomen is represented by thigh
Navel is represented by knee.
Lower abdomen & lower back is represented by shin/calf
Hip is represented by ankle and
Pelvis is represented by foot

In reverse imaging system


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The head is represented by foot


Neck & shoulder is represented by ankle
Chest and upper back is represented by calf/shin
Navel is represented by knee
Lower abdomen & lower back is represented by thigh
Pelvis is represented by Hip
So the body points can be treated on leg.

Picture 2

Picture 2 depicts a relation between head and body with the lower leg only. Again We have straight
imaging and reverse imaging system can be applied here.
In straight imaging system
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The head is represented by knee


Chest/ upper back/upper abdomen is represented by upper calf/shin
Lower back & lower abdomen is represented by lower calf/shin leg
waist is represented by ankle and
Pelvis is represented by foot

In reverse imaging system


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The head is represented by foot


Neck/shoulder is represented by ankle
Upper back/chest is represented by lower calf/shin
Lower back/Abdomen is represented by upper calf/shin and
Pelvis is represented by knee

Lesson 8 : Imaging Face on hand or Leg

In previous Tan lesson 6, we have seen imaging head to hip on complete arm or head to hip on fore
arm and in Tan 7 , we have seen imaging of head to hip on complete leg or head to hip on lower leg.
In these cases if you want to treat only the head/face , this is represented in a small area on hand or
leg, which makes it difficult to identify the distinct parts such as fore head, eyes, nose ,mouth and
chin. In such case imaging head alone on complete hand or complete leg helps. Let us refer picture 1.
Picture 1

Picture 1 depicts a relation between face and the complete hand or complete leg. The face can be
divided in 4 equal levels, keeping middle of the nose as centre.
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In the first level is from top of the head to middle of fore head.
The second level is middle of fore head to middle of the nose.
The third level is middle of the nose to upper lips
The forth level is upper lip to chin.
If needed the face can be further divided.

Let us explore the 4 levels with hand correspondence.


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The first level of face is represented by top half of back arm


The 2nd level of face is represented by bottom half of back arm
Middle of the nose is represented by elbow.
The 3rd level of face is represented by top half of fore arm.
The 4th level of face is represented by bottom half of fore arm up to wrist.
If needed the levels can be further sub divided.

Can the reverse imaging is possible in this case. As i know ,the books and materials available did not
indicate that. But the question is why not?
If wrist as a flexible joint can represent neck which is flexible, then shoulder which is a flexible joint,
can also represent neck, then wrist would represent top of the head. In case if the above
representation does not work, i would suggest the reader to do reverse imaging. Let us give it a try.

Now let us see the 4 levels of leg correspondence.


Let us explore the 4 levels with hand correspondence.
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The first level of face is represented by top half of the upper leg (thigh)
The 2nd level of face is represented by bottom half of upper leg
Middle of the nose is represented by knee.
The 3rd level of face is represented by top half of lower leg.(calf )
The 4th level of face is represented by bottom half of lower leg to ankle.
If needed the levels can be further sub divided.

Also try reverse imaging if needed.


We have seen so far most used imaging concepts. I would not say the imaging is limited to these
options only. You may know Sujok uses imaging of head to hip on fingers. So it is to be further
explored depending on the similarity of body structures by the individuals.
Now it is the time to recall the lessons read so far, since we have studied channels, their Chinease
names, homologous structures, imaging techniques, mirrors etc. All these lessons which looks like a
pieces of puzzles have to be assembled as a final picture to identify the problem and create a cure.
We will be using this knowledge to understand Tans Balance System now.
Tans 1-2-3
Dr. Tan has taught, there are 3 steps in curing a case.
Step 1: Identify the sick channel which means which are the channels running through the problem
area and identify them . The problem may have its location on one channel or 2 channels or
it could be between 2 channels.
Step 2: Find which meridian or meridians to be treated . This is the critical part of the process. For
this Dr. Tan has created 6 techniques.
Step 3: Treat the problem by needling required points on the corresponding meridian ( not the
diseased meridian). How could i find the points.? Locate the area by using imaging
techniques. Then palpate and find ashi points. If the point is not tender, then follow the
imaging technique to find the relevant area and find the points by calculating the
proportional distance from the anatomical land marks.
Now let us learn the Tans 5 techniques from next lesson.

Lesson 9 : System1 of Tans Balance Method

With all the preparations we had so far let us dive into the Dr.Tans Balance systems. Let us recollect
the fundamentals once again.
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Treat opposite limbs. ( I have not used term contra lateral here, since it does not apply to all
systems)
Treat the healthy side, and not the sick side
Remember the channels by their chinease name so that it is easy to understand.
Use straight or reverse imaging systems and find tender points.
Remember the channel groups.

Let us start with System 1. Anatomical imaging system


Channel of same chinease names treats each other, but hand treat leg and leg treats hand.
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6.

Hand Tai yin (lung) treats foot tai yin (spleen) and vice versa
Hand shao yin( heart ) treats foot shao yin (kidney) and vice versa
Hand jue yin(Pericardium) treats foot jue yin( liver ) and vice versa
Hand tai yang( Small intestine) treats foot tai yang( UB) and vice versa
Hand shaoyang( Triple warmer) treats foot shao yang ( GB ) and vice versa
Hand yangming ( large intestine) treats foot yang ming (stomach) and vice versa

Let us look at the channel groups:


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2
3
4

Lung
Large intestine
stomach
Spleen

Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney

Pericardium
Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver

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The channels marked with the same colour treats each other . Yin treats yin and yang treats yang.
Further the imaging system helps you to locate the corresponding area.
Lung channel
Large intestine channel
Heart channel
Small intestine channel
Pericardium channel
Triple warmer channel

Spleen channel and vice versa


Stomach channel and vice versa
Kidney channel and vice versa
Urinary bladder and vice versa
Liver channel and vice versa
Gall bladder and vice versa

Application:
Let us see how homologous structures treat each other.
1. In case if knee pain is felt on the stomach channel below the knee, we have to treat LI
channel on the hand on the contra lateral side. The pain is in leg yangming channel , treat
hand yang ming channel, (yang ming treats yang ming)and The location would be, as per
straight imaging system of homologous structures, in the fore arm on the LI channel near the
elbow. If we assume a reverse imaging system , the location would be in the upper arm on
the hand yang ming channel near the elbow. The pain point is 2 inch below knee, we can
needle the area approximately 2 inch below or above the elbow depends on the imaging
assumed.. The point can also be located by palpating and finding the tender points.
2. If the pain is felt on the wrist , it can be treated at ankle or hip on the corresponding
channel depending on reverse imaging
Let us see how the imaging of body on the hand treats (treatment of non homologous structures or
non similar structures) a problem of body. Assuming a chest pain running through Liver channel,
with reverse imaging of non similar structures , we can needle the fore arm. The tender points would
indicate, which imaging system is appropriate in the particular case.
So , by using different anatomical imaging systems using Tans System 1 ( refer above chart for
channel correspondence), many ailments can be treated and instant results can be achieved.

Lesson 10 : System2 Branching Channel System

Basic rules to remember:


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5.

Treat opposite limbs. ( I have not used term contra lateral here, since it does not apply to all
systems)
Treat the healthy side, and not the sick side . Bei Jing treat same side of the problem (not
same limb) if the problem is on one side only.
Remember the channels by their chinese name so that it is easy to understand.
Use straight or reverse imaging systems and find tender points.
Remember the channel groups.

Let us continue with System2. Branching Channel system


Channel of opposite chinease names treats each other, but hand treat leg and leg treats hand.
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Hand Tai yin (lung) treats foot tai yang (UB) and vice versa
Hand shao yin( heart ) treats foot shao yang (GB) and vice versa
Hand jue yin(Pericardium) treats foot yang ming( stomach ) and vice versa
Hand tai yang( Small intestine) treats foot tai yin( spleen) and vice versa
Hand shaoyang( Triple warmer) treats foot shao yin ( Kidney ) and vice versa
Hand yangming ( large intestine) treats foot jue yin (Liver) and vice versa

Let us look at the channel groups:


1
2
3
4

Lung
Large intestine
stomach
Spleen

Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney

Pericardium
Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver

.
The channels marked with same colour treats each other . Further the imaging system helps you to
locate the corresponding area.
Lung channel
Large intestine channel
Heart channel
Small intestine channel
Pericardium channel
Triple warmer channel

UB channel and vice versa


Liver channel and vice versa
Gall bladder channel and vice versa
Spleen and vice versa
Stomach channel and vice versa
Kidney and vice versa

Application:
Let us see how homologous structures treat each other in system 2.
1. In case if knee pain is felt on the stomach channel below the knee, we have to treat
pericardium channel on the hand on the contra lateral side. The pain is in leg yangming
channel , treat hand jue yin channel, (yang ming treats jue yin and vice versa)and The
location would be, as per straight imaging system of homologous structures, in the fore arm
on the jue yin(pericardium) channel near the elbow. If we assume a reverse imaging system ,
the location would be in the upper arm on the pericardium channel near the elbow. The pain
point is 2 inch below knee, we can needle the area approximately 2 inch below or above the
elbow depends on the imaging system assumed.. The point can also be located by palpating
and finding the tender points.
2. If the pain is felt on the outer wrist (triple warmer to say) , it can be treated at kidney points
at ankle or hip on the corresponding channel depending on straight or reverse imaging
Let us see how the imaging of body on the hand treats (treatment of non homologous structures or
non similar structures) a problem of body. Assuming a chest pain running through Liver channel,
with reverse imaging of non similar structures , we can needle the large intestine channel on the
fore arm.
If pain is in the lower abdomen, the channels of kidney, Ren and Stomach run through the area. If
the pain is more in Kidney channel ,
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As per imaging system lower abdomen correspondence is upper arm.


Elbow represents navel.
As per the System 2 chart the balancing channel for kidney is Triple warmer
So the choice would be TW 10 or 11 or needle near TW 10,11 on the channel
and The tender points would indicate, which imaging system is appropriate in the particular
case.

So , by using Branching channel system, Tans System 2 ( refer above chart for
correspondence), many ailments can be treated and instant results can be achieved.

channel

Lesson 11 : System3 & 4 of Tans Balance Method


Basic rules

to remember:

1. Treat opposite limbs. ( In system 3 it is only opposites on the lateral side.


Contra lateral not allowed)

2. Treat the healthy side, and not the sick side Remember the channels by their
chinese name so that it is easy to understand.

3. Use straight or reverse imaging systems and find tender points.


4. Remember the channel groups.
System3. Interior exterior system
We know in our body yin and yang channels are always paired and keep the health in
balance. Refer Tan lesson 3.

If lung is an yin channel it is paired with large intestine

channel which is yang. They run parallel , always balancing each other. If lung runs on

the interior side, LI runs on the exterior. In TCM also we treat opposite channel of the
pair to recover the balance. In Tan system 3 opposite of the paired channel treats each
other, but hand treat hand and leg treats leg.
1. Hand Tai yin (lung) treats hand

yangming (LI) and vice versa

2. Hand shao yin( heart ) treats hand tai yang (SI) and vice versa
3. Hand jue yin(Pericardium)

treats hand shao yang ( TW ) and vice versa

4. Foot tai yang( UB) treats foot shao yin( kidney) and vice versa

5. Foot shaoyang( GB) treats foot jue yin ( Liver ) and vice versa
6. Foot yangming (

stomach) treats foot tai yin (Spleen) and vice versa

Let us look at the channel groups:


1
2
3
4

Lung
Large intestine
stomach
Spleen

Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney

Pericardium
Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver

The channels marked with same colour treats each other on the opposite limb . Further
the imaging system helps you to locate the corresponding area.

Lung channel

LI channel

Heart channel

Small intestine channel and vice versa

Stomach channel

and vice versa

Spleen channel and vice versa

Urinary bladder channel


Pericardium channel

Gall Bladder channel

Kidney and vice versa

Triple Warmer channel and vice versa


Liver and vice versa

Application:
Let us see how homologous structures treat each other in system 3.

1. In case if knee pain is felt on the stomach channel below the knee, we have to
treat spleen channel on the opposite leg.. The pain is in leg yang ming channel ,
treat foot tai yin
limb) and

channel, (yang ming treats tai yin and vice versa on the opposite

The location would be, as per straight imaging system of homologous

structures, in the opposite lower leg on the foot tai yin(spleen) channel near the
knee.

Can reverse imaging possible in this system. Try yourself .The point can

also be located by palpating and finding the tender points.

2. If the pain is felt on the outer wrist (triple warmer to say) , it can be treated at
pericardium points at the inner wrist points on the other .
Let us see how the imaging of body on the hand treats (treatment of non homologous
structures or non similar structures) a problem of body. Assuming a chest pain running

through Liver channel, with straight imaging of non similar structures , we can needle the
gall bladder channel on the opposite side upper leg.
If

pain is in the lower abdomen, the channels of spleen and Stomach run through the

area. If the pain is more in stomach channel , below navel

1. As per imaging system lower abdomen correspondence is lower leg.


2. Knee represents navel.

3. As per the System 3 chart the balancing channel for stomach is spleen
4. So the choice would be SP 9 or near by on the spleen channel

5. The tender points would indicate, which imaging system is appropriate in the
particular case.

So , by using Interior exterior system, Tans System 3 ( refer above chart for
correspondence), many internal ailments and acute conditions can be treated..

channel

System 4: Chinese clock opposites:


It is already studied that the channel grouping is done based on the chinese meridian
clock . Energy is at its maximum

for every 2 hours in each organ. it is not absolute

maximum. If the lung channel energy gets maximum between 3- 5 AM, the energy starts

building up from 3 AM and reach its maximum at 4 AM and starts reducing from 4 PM

and reaches its normal level at 5 AM. When an organs energy peaks at some time ,the
opposite clock organ energy goes to its lowest maximum. Understanding this clock and its

importance gives us options of understanding the diseased organs. If cough or breathing


discofort is aggrevated at this time it pertains to lung. Lung gets maximum energy at this

time. Then it tries to push out the blocks on the path. When action gets stronger even
reaction gets stronger which becomes cough or breathing difficulty. When lung channel is at

its peak between 3-5 AM UB is at its negative peak.This is a sinusoidal wave form. This

gives an option for us to treat the affected channel by needling the directly opposite
channel as per chinese clock.In Tan system 4 opposite of the diseased channel by
meridian clock treats diseased channel.,

1. lung treats

Bladder channel and vice versa

3. Pericardium

treats stomach and vice versa

2. heart
4. LI

treats Gall bladder and vice versa

treats kidney and vice versa

5. Spleen treats Triple warmer and vice versa


6. Liver treats Small intestine and vice versa
Let us look at the channel groups:
1
2
3
4

Lung
Large intestine
stomach
Spleen

Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney

Pericardium
Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver

.
The channels marked with same colour treats each other on the opposite limb or contra

lateral. . Further the imaging system helps you to locate the corresponding area. If you
closely observe , similar to system 2 and 3 , yin channel treats yang channel and yang

channel treat yin channel. Also we can treat hand channels by foot problems and foot
channel for hand problems.
Application:
Let us see how homologous structures treat each other in system 4.
1. In case if knee pain is felt on the stomach channel below the knee, we have to treat
spleen channel on the opposite leg.. The pain is in leg yangming channel , treat foot tai
yin channel, (yang ming treats tai yin and vice versa on the opposite limb) and The
location would be, as per straight imaging system of homologous structures, in the
opposite lower leg on the foot tai yin(spleen) channel near the knee. Can reverse
imaging possible in this system. Try yourself .The point can also be located by palpating
and finding the tender points.
2. If the pain is felt on the outer wrist (triple warmer to say) , it can be treated at
pericardium points at the inner wrist points on the other .
3. LI 11 problems can be treated at LU 5 and vice versa.
Let us see how the imaging of body on the hand treats (treatment of non homologous structures or
non similar structures) a problem of body. Assuming a chest pain running through Liver channel,
with straight imaging of non similar structures , we can needle the gall bladder channel on the
opposite side upper leg.
If pain is in the lower abdomen, the channels of spleen and Stomach run through the area. If the
pain is more in stomach channel , below navel

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

As per imaging system lower abdomen correspondence is lower leg.


Knee represents navel.
As per the System 4 chart the balancing channel for stomach is spleen
So the choice would be SP 9 or near by on the spleen channel
and The tender points would indicate, which imaging system is appropriate in the particular
case.
6. In this particular example this is equal to System 3
If pain is in scapular area on the Small intestine channel, this can be treated through Liver channel by
imaging body on the leg.
So , by using Chinese clock opposite system, Tans System 4 ( refer above chart for channel
correspondence), many conditions can be treated..

Lesson 12 : System 5 & 6 of Tans Balance Method


Basic rules

to remember:

6. Treat opposite limbs.

7. Treat the healthy side, and not the sick side Remember the channels by their
chinese name so that it is easy to understand.

8. Use straight or reverse imaging systems and find tender points.


9. Remember the channel groups.
System 5: Chinese clock neighbour system
We have seen in system 3 interior treats exterior which means yin treats yang and yang

treats yin. In Clock neighbour system , yin treats yin and yang treats yang. In the same

yang group preceeding channel treats the suceeding channel and suceeding channel treats
preceeding channel. In first group large intestine channel

treats stomach channel and

stomach channel treats large intestine channel. The next yin channel is spleen. Spleen
channel is treated by heart channel in the next group. If you think why the spleen can not
be treated by lung which is also yin, yes you can . But that is system 1, which is also
yin treats yin and yang treats yang. In system 1 & 5 yin treats yin and yang treats yang.
The common factor is in both cases large intestine treats stomach and vice versa. But in

system 1 spleen treats lung,( The balance is obtained whithin the group.) in system 5

spleen treats heart from the next group.(Balance is obtained from yin organ of next group)
If you observe precisely, all possible combinations are taken in Tans balance system. So

within the system we will find over lapping. Note in System 5 also hand treat foot and
foot treats hand contralaterlly like in system 1.

Let us look at the channel groups:


1
2
3
4

Lung
Large intestine
stomach
Spleen

Heart
Small intestine
Urinary bladder
Kidney

Pericardium
Triple warmer
Gall bladder
Liver

The channels marked with same colour treats each other on the opposite limb . Further
the imaging system helps you to locate the corresponding area.

Liver channel

Lung

Spleen channel

Heart channel and vice versa

L I channel

and vice versa

Stomach channel and vice versa

S I channel

Urinary bladder and vice versa

Kidney channel

Pericardium channel and vice versa

TW channel

Gall bladder and vice versa

Application:
Let us see how homologous structures treat each other in system 5.

3. In case if knee pain is felt on the stomach channel below the knee, we have to
treat LI channel on the opposite hand.. The pain is in leg yang ming channel ,
treat hand yang ming
and

channel, (yang ming treats yang ming on the opposite limb)

The location would be, as per straight imaging system of homologous

structures, in the opposite fore arm on the LI channel near the elbow. You can

also do reverse imaging..The point can also be located by palpating and finding the
tender points.

4. If the pain is felt on the outer wrist (triple warmer to say) , it can be treated at
Gall bladder points at the ankle points on the other leg.

Let us see how the imaging of body on the hand treats (treatment of non homologous

structures or non similar structures) a problem of body. Assuming a chest pain running

through Liver channel, with straight imaging of non similar structures , we can needle the
lung channel on the opposite side upper arm.
If

pain is in the lower abdomen, the channels of spleen and Stomach run through the

area. If the pain is more in stomach channel , below navel

6. As per imaging system lower abdomen correspondence is fore arm.


7. Elbow represents navel.

8. As per the System 5 chart the balancing channel for stomach is Large intestine
9. So the choice would be around LI 11 or near by on the LI channel

10. The tender points would indicate, which imaging system is appropriate in the
particular case.

So , by using Clock neighbor system, Tans System 5 ( refer above chart for
correspondence), many channel related conditions and blockages can be treated..

channel

System 6: Hand/ Foot Micro system:


Though there were 5 systems of Dr.Tan which is in routine use, there is another system is

discussed in literatures. This system represents the hand / leg / body on the carpel/meta
carpel and phalanges on the hand and on tarsal / meta tarsal / phalanges on the foot.
This system is not so popular.
General Rules for Tan System:

1. Treat opposite or contralateral as per desired system


2. Use different imaging systems
3. Treat distally.

4. Use of tender points

5. Retain needles for about 30-45 minutes

6. The succeeding treatment shall be before symptoms fully reappear.


7. System 1,3 & 5 treat contralateral.

8. System 2 & 4 treats opposite (laterally opposite) and contralateral.


Balancing Table:

Dr.Tans system is known

for getting immediate results in pain and also used in internal

diseases. Generally though System 1 is most popular but each system has its own areas

of use and advantages. I have made a sincere attempt to make the system understandable
in a simple form and the ideas used are the original of Dr.Tan. Above a balancing chart
for all systems are given for ready reference. I thank all my masters and exclusively
Master Sastry for asking me to teach Dr.Tans System and I have put in my earnest effort

to honour his words and tried to live upto his expectation. Though I have tried to avoid
any mistake creeping in this document, I request readers to bring it to my notice if any

mistake has happened inadvetantly and I will be solely responsible for such mistakes. Hope

everyone will get benifitted in eliciting a cure in most of the conditions and I am thankful
to all living and non living masters who has spent their life time in developing this system
for the betterment of mankind.

This is a small effort from M.Manoharan, a learning acupuncturist and a student of Mr.
Raju krishna , my master in TCM and master Mr.Sastry in Tung and Tan System. I am
always indebted to them.