As acupuncturists we are a lucky group of professionals, honestly we have some of the most amazing lecturer practitioners out there. I for one have certainly seized the opportunity that’s come knocking to study with such folk.
Last weekend was spent doing more study with Dr Tan. Isn’t it fab to be able to say that learning is exhilarating. Dr Tan’s style of acupuncture is known as the Balance Method, we balance a sick area of the body with a well area of the body.
Now one of the interesting things about being a Balance Method Acupuncture practitioner is the looks and comments from colleagues and peers who are not acquainted with the method. I often get the frowning disbelieving look (bet you don’t need me to draw a picture of that one). The look happens when we discuss cases and I say around 80% of people who I use this method on in clinic get 75% and beyond (often nearer to 90%) resolution of their problem there and then. Funnily enough the people who the treatment has been done on have less of a frown and more of a jaw drop “wow where’s my pain gone” look. I see that look virtually daily, but never ever tire of it, to watch somebody go from pain to non pain is like just the best thing ever.
Now I am not for one minute suggesting that 1 acupuncture treatment is the panacea for everything, uh oh absolutely N….O. The immediate resolution of the pain or problem is the start of the healing journey, and acupuncture continues until the symptoms have abated completely for a couple of weeks. A course of treatment is still the order of the day.
The other joy of the balance method is I pop the needles in, within minutes things change, once you and I are happy with the state of play I leave you to sleep (sleeping is healing) or nap or rest and move on to treating the next person. You are not paying for a long drawn out consultation or “padding”, you are paying for healing. I get the needles in as quick as possible and leave them in for as long as possible all to get you better in the shortest time possible.
In the USA, Balance Method Acupuncture is well established and accepted, yet in the UK it is still relatively new. So if you fancy a totally different style of acupuncture, then just get in touch. If you can’t travel to Chelmsford then maybe I can suggest a practitioner for you.
Dr Tan, having a walk about during a Question & Answer time at the end of the seminar, London 2013. Out of this photo shot was a row of folk which he was treating and it wasn’t all about pain, numerous problems/conditions were being looked after.