I found out some sad news today. One of my acupuncture teachers, Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan passed away. He made acupuncture make sense to me with his style of acupuncture, the Dr. Tan Balance Method, and changed my practice in amazing ways. My patients started responding to the acupuncture treatments much faster than I had ever seen before, especially for pain and digestive issues.

My favorite story is of a lady who came in for weight loss and who also had a lot of water retention. This was during the time I was working on cruise ships. I was new to the Dr. Tan Balance Method however a friend of mine and a fellow acupuncturist, Grace Chang, told me the “Dr. Tan 8 Magic points” would work. I did the points even though I didn’t understand yet how they worked. The next day the lady came back to tell me she had been “peeing like a race horse!!!” or basically peeing bucketfuls at a time. I never had anyone respond like that before. By day 5 all her water retention and swelling had gone down to the point she could put her wedding ring back on, she lost a few inches around her waist (from the water retention), her food cravings went away, and her digestion improved. That convinced me to take Dr. Tan’s classes when I got back to land and I have been a student of his ever since.

Here’s a picture I could find with my teacher, Dr. Tan. It’s from 2011. Back when my skin was really bad. When I would get treatments from him he would always tell me to drink 1 cup of mung bean soup a day and watermelon juice to detoxify. He used to invite students from his 3-4 days acupuncture seminars to his house on the last day for dinner and to just hang out. He was a great host, great teacher and had a great sense of humor.

Dr. Tan, you will be greatly missed. RIP.



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