Guy Polak



Three-step acupuncture – Introduction with Dr Tan’s Balance Method


Treatment of back pain using Dr Tan’s Balance Method

Pain in general and back pain in particular is one of the main reasons for seeking medical attention. More than 50% of referrals to a family doctor and about 75% of referrals to Chinese medicine are due to a complaint about pain. About half of these referrals is due to back pain. We believe that today no matter what path you will choose to walk in the future of your Chinese medicine career , you should know how to treat pain disorders and specifically back pain.

This lecture is the result of many years of treatment and tremendous experience in this field by the founders of the Israeli Tan Center. It is a summary of our work in the orthopedic department of Assaf Harofeh Hospital and in our clinics, working with the Balance Method treating back pain. In the lecture, we will briefly review the principles of the Balance Method. We will make a distinction between the different mechanisms leading to back pain, providing diagnostic emphasis and providing the best of our protocols, including the new developments of the Israeli Tan Center in the treatment of the most common back pain.

We are confident that the treatments you will learn here can be successfully implemented on the very next morning in your clinics and you will see the wonders of the Balance Method in your patients’ smiles.

Workshop objectives

  • Improving the ability to diagnose common back ailments and problems
  • Providing practical tools for treating back problems using the Balance Method
  • Presentation of the therapeutic approach of the Israeli Tan Center to back problems
  • Clinical demonstrations and clinical treatment to improve diagnosis and treatment

Guy Polak
2013-2018 Chairman of the Israeli Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine.
2006-2017 Head of Chinese Medicine at The Integrative Medicine Department , Assaf Ha Rofeh Medical Center.
Certified by Dr. Richard Tan in the Balance Method and bearer of his Gold Certificate.
Together with Adi Fromm, Guy recently published »The Book of Balance Method«.
Guy is the coauthor of a study on the effects of acupuncture on the treatment of acute back and neck pain in the Emergency Room at Assaf Ha Rofeh.
He also directs retrospective studies and researches within the orthopedic department, with an emphasis on the effects of Balance Method acupuncture on orthopedic patients during hospitalization.
Guy was born in 1977, lives in Tel Aviv, is married to Noa and is the father of Harel and Tomer.

About the lecture

Dr Tan’s Balance Method is one of the most famous acupuncture schools in the West. The method was invented by Dr Tan while observing the world of acupuncture as it is today in the West and the difficult challenges it poses to therapists.

The first challenge – the herbalization of acupuncture. A process that began in the twentieth century in which the language of herbal medicine began to be used for acupuncture. A process that became more acute when it came to the West where an attempt was made to “validate” acupuncture points in the semi-pharmacological style. So we see the study of acupuncture in the format of point prescription or the format of Point functions. In our lecture we will attempt to return the therapeutic idea of acupuncture to meridian-based acupuncture rather than point-based acupuncture.

The second challenge – in looking at acupuncture treatment, we find it difficult to distinguish who is a Chinese medicine practitioner and who handles needles for physiotherapy. Often the treatments look exactly the same (local acupuncture in patient-sensitive areas). The difference between a Chinese medicine practitioner and a physiotherapist is not found in the technique, the type of needle, or the depth of the acupuncture. No expression creates the difference. The difference is in the root. A practitioner of Chinese medicine must be connected to the roots of Chinese medicine and to the principles written in the ancient texts. We will connect our work to the history of Chinese medicine, understand why there are so many different working techniques and schools of thought, and how the Balance Method draws all its insights from the foundation of Chinese medicine.

The third challenge – the life of the therapist in the 21st century. The training process of therapists today is fundamentally different from the procedure used in Chinese history. Taking our complex medicine and turn it into a set of simple principles that can be implemented quickly and have great clinical results, while allowing the therapist an orderly process of study and deepening. This may be why we fell in love with the balancing method.

Lecture objectives

  • Familiarity with the philosophy of the Balance Method
  • Explaining the connection between the historical roots of Chinese medicine and the
    Balance Method
  • Reviewing the difference between meridian-based acupuncture and acupuncture based on
  • To present the challenges practitioners are facing with Chinese medicine in the twentyfirst
    century and the way to deal with them