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Basic Balance Method © D. Mark Tryling, LAC, Dipl. AC, CH


Basic Balance Method

One of the most profound concepts I learned from Dr. Tan was the

development of the Ba gwa. The reader is referred to Dr. Tan’s book

“The Twelve Magical Points” for further explanation on the

development of his balance method system. The Dao or the Way is the

source of Yin and Yang. Below the solid bar represents Yang and the

broken bar represents Yin.

As we know, the progression of yin and yang can go through infinite

iterations. However, in the development of the Ba gwa, the I Ching

and the systems and meridians of Chinese medicine, only a few are

necessary to image the whole.

Since we know that all things stem from yin and yang then two is

our first magical number. Remember that any number (n) raised to the

zero (0) power is one (2^0 = 1). The number one represents the Dao,

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our infinite soup or matrix of energy. The first iteration of the

Dao creates Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang advance from the Dao and are

represented by the number two, (2^1 = 2). The second iteration is

similar to cell division. It divides and copies itself (on the bottom

row) and adds to it the opposing polarity on the second row (to

maintain balance). Numerically, we have four variations (2^2 = 4).

The third iteration maintains the first row and adds to the

sequence by changing the polarity of the second row and adding the

third row by alternating the symbols of yin and yang. This gives us

eight variations, (2^3 = 8).

These are the eight basic trigrams of the Ba gwa . If we continue

the iteration process to the sixth level we will end up with the

sixty - four hexagrams of the I Ching, (2^6 = 64).

So to review two (2) is a magical number represented by yin

and yang. Three (3) is a magical number which generates the eight

trigrams of the Ba gwa (8 = 2^3 = 2 x 2 x 2) . Six (6) is a magical

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Pericardium zang-fu, which includes them in the Fire Element.

However, it is easily seen that balance is maintained, across the

centerline of the table, with this “new” configuration for these two

meridians. Since the middle of our table separates the upper body

meridians from the lower body meridians, it’s easy to see that

Shaoyang belongs in the middle of our table, which agrees with TCM


Ba Gwa Meridian Assignment

There are five basic systems used to balance meridians. The first

two have been represented. The third system is dependent on an

arrangement of the meridians, based on the Fu Xi gwa. Notice that

each is numbered one through eight.

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In this arrangement, Heaven represents the uppermost portions of

the body (specifically the head) and is considered yang. In fact,

imagine a person’s body standing in the middle of the Fu Xi gwa with

arms outreached overhead one pointed toward the Lake gwa, the other

Heaven 1

Lake 2

Wind 5

Fire 3

Water 6

Thunder 4

Mountain 7

Earth 8

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Acupuncture 1, 2, 3

1 Identify the sick meridians according to the cutaneous


2 Choose the balance meridians

3 Choose the points on the balance meridians

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