Virtual Symposium

LIVE Pre-Symposium Workshop

The Pre-Symposium workshops are intended to provide a more concentrated learning experience where the faculty can focus on a topic in greater depth, and with more time for practical examples from clinical experiences. They are optional events with separate fee(s).

There will be one LIVE Pre-Symposium workshop – there will be no recordings of the session for viewing later. The Sonia Tan workshop will be presented on Thursday, April 29 at 8:00 am PT and again at 3:00 pm PT.


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture designates this LIVE Internet-based workshop for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

“Introduction to Balance System Acupuncture”Presented on April 29. 2021 at 8:00 and 3:00 pm PT! There will be NO recording.

Presented by: Sonia Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP


This course is a modified condensed glance at the basic foundations of two to three of the five main systems of Balance System Acupuncture, an evolution of the Balance Method. The systems are rooted in the concept of healing the body by balancing channels. Students will learn the history of the Balance Method/System, the basis of the systems, and the logical processes for determining the meridians to acupuncture, including an easy-to-use format to outline the treatment plan. A detailed explanation of the Mirroring and Imaging Formats will also be explained to assist participants in effective point selection. Dr. Tan will show how to use distal points in order to avoid aggravating the area of discomfort and will include demonstrations. Particular attention will be paid to musculo-skeletal conditions in this introductory level.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Contextualize the Balance Method/System within the history of the acupuncture field.
  • Outline the development of two or three of the six systems/strategies.
  • Identify the name and numbers of two or three of the six systems/strategies and describe how each
    balances a meridian.
  • Apply a mirror and imaging concept to choose the acupuncture points on the body.
  • Locate specific acupuncture points within the Balance System.
  • Outline and follow the steps used in the Balance System to diagnose and treat health conditions.
  • Diagnose which meridians are sick and apply a treatment plan.


The presenter has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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