This page is specifically to help practitioners of  Acupuncture and students of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This is the Dr Tan’s Matrix file I created when I was beginning to learn the brilliant 6 systems of Dr Tan.  Initially, it was my summaries of Dr Tan’s 1, 2, 3 book as at the time I hadn’t had the chance to attend his workshops and wanted to learn as much as I could until he came back to Australia.

It is still a work in progress and constantly being changed.  The goal is to have single sheets of information that can be used in clinic as a quick and easy reference.  This is not designed to be a replacement for real study with the Si Yuan Balance Method ( teachers or any others who are faithfully and diligently continuing the legacy of Dr Richard Tan.  I highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to attend any of the Si Yuan Balance Method seminars do so to fully understand these notes.

Following the initial pages which came from my summaries of Dr Tan’s Core Foundations and now Advanced tracks, there is also general information I sourced from a range of Facebook Groups and online sources.  Initially I didn’t note down where these came from as these were simply for my own study.  If any of these are your work please contact me and I am happy to credit your name on those pages.

I have also collated all the 12 magic point prescriptions from the 1, 2, 3 book, and also offered a single page summary of the Seasonal Balances. However, the full 12 magic points or Seasonal Balance explanation is better served by attending the Si Yuan Balance Method Advanced Track workshop to fully understand this amazing method.  It is well worth the time and money to attend these workshops.

The end of the document starts leaning towards Master Tung Acupuncture.  I have included my summaries of Brad Whisnant’s 2016 Sydney workshop ( with specific Tung points for specific areas.  Jeff Shearer ( has graciously included his summary of Brad Whisnant’s 2017 Sydney workshop and following that is the Jin Jin or Musculo-Tendino Meridian pictures from Donald Kendall which I believe is currently out of print and unavailable for purchase.

Dr. Tan was amazing at synthesizing the information and styles from Master Tung, Dr. Chao Chen, Fang Yun Peng, Young Wei Chieh, Yoshio Manaka, Lee Kui Chen and others.  If you really want to go to the source of these systems of acupuncture you must read and learn about these fabulous masters.

I hope this document will help future Acupuncturists and students seeking a more meridian style acupuncture system that can further their TCM knowledge. If there are any questions relating to this document or any others feel free to drop me an e-mail.

Click below for the latest Dr Tan Matrix File.   If you are going to share this file online, please link to this web page rather then uploading the document to Facebook or other sources.

The Dr Tan Matrix falls under the Fair Use / Fair Dealing aspect of copyright law.  It is for educational use, research and study only.

Dr Tan Matrix V8.1 – March 2019.

Version 5 has been updated to include the Seasonal Ba Gua Balance.
Version 6/7 adds the new cover page.
Version 8 Added Ba Gua conversion and minor fixes.
Version 8.1 Credit to Paul Chapman from Integral Freedom.

The Dr Tan Matrix file is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr Tan.

Si Yuan Balance method Brisbane 2016
Brad Whisnant and Simon Altman