About Si Yuan
In January 2016, three close apprentices of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan, who had worked with him for over a decade, founded Si Yuan. While too generous to let the transmission of his Balance Method end with him, Dr. Tan also knew that his life mission could not be responsibly left in the hands of inexperienced or untrained apprentices.
“任重道遠 The task is arduous and the road is long” were some of Dr. Tan’s final words when entrusting his three apprentices to continue sharing — not only his Acupuncture, Cultivation, and Bazi teachings — but also the deep wisdom at the core of any true balance.
At the end of 2018, following their unique backgrounds, values, priorities, and dreams, the three official lineage transmitters of Dr. Tan's Balance Method stepped forward to offer two different learning environments. Believing in the values founded in Si Yuan, Dr. Delphine Armand and Dr. Paul Wang continue to transmit the wisdom and knowledge passed on by their honored teacher.
Si Yuan Mission
Si Yuan offers:
- Practical teachings transmitted and translated by qualified practitioners
- Constant creativity and self-refinement as teachers, healers, and humans
- Accessible trainings and treatments adapted to diverse cultures and communities
Si Yuan Values
Si Yuan believes in:
- Spreading the joy of education and inspiration
- Expressing profound appreciation and respect for Nature
- Enjoying challenges and opportunities to cultivate mastery
- Holding a healthy skepticism toward strict authoritarian control
- Awakening potential, connecting ideas, and systemizing practices
- Staying passionate and informed about recent research as well as classic treasures
- Merging diligence, responsibility, and seriousness with pleasure, humility, and humor
- Carrying a strong motivation to bring more humanity, health and balance to the world
- Empowering people to deepen and integrate both their professional and personal lives
Si Yuan Team
Balance Method acupuncturists with more than ten years’ experience practicing in high-volume community acupuncture settings.
Dr. Delphine Armand, LAc, DVM
continuously worked by her Master’s side as an assistant at classes, an intern in his clinic and as a French translator during live seminars.
Dr. Delphine Armand’s introduction and immersion in the Balance Method is proof that life can change in the blink of an eye. She first met her Shifu (Master) while interning and working on her dissertation in Germany. Astonished by his charismatic and fun personality, and intrigued by the strange broken and unbroken lines (trigrams) he had drawn on her notebook, she decided to invest her entire savings to attend his next scheduled class.
Dr. Armand was immediately fascinated by the logic and effectiveness of the Balance Method and completely devoted herself to its practice and subsequent international growth.
In fulfilling this mission, she worked hand in hand with her Mentor for almost a decade.
Dr. Armand shared with her Shifu a unique connection of “work hard, play hard”. She closely assisted him in countless classes in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia and has performed live translations of all of his classes into French, as well as coordinated the French translation of his books. Most recently, she advanced her study of Ba Zi assisting her Professor in the preparation of his client’s charts.
Starting in 2008, she exclusively practiced his Balance Method in her clinic in France. During this time, he visited her busy practice and oversaw the treatment of her patients. Likewise, Delphine interned in her Master’s San Diego, California clinic on numerous occasions.
Dr. Delphine Armand holds degrees in both Veterinary Medicine as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Paul Chengpo Wang, LAc, DACM
is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a practitioner of healing, martial, and energy arts with over twenty years of teaching experience in these fields.
In 2003, Dr. Paul Wang first met his primary acupuncture Shifu (Master), Dr. Richard Tan, while completing graduate studies in Chinese medicine. Dr. Wang was so immediately and deeply affected by a resonance with his teachings that he instinctively bowed and asked to become his disciple on the spot. In response, the amused lecturer smiled and wittily replied, “Perhaps after a Ba Zi reading.” The rest is history.
Over the ensuing years, Dr. Wang and his Shifu developed a close spiritual relationship as Master and Apprentice. Aside from a dedication to innovating acupuncture, the pair also shared an intellectual curiosity and systematic creativity — as well as a passion for good food and fine wine.
For more than a decade, Dr. Paul Wang honed his skills in the Balance Method as a California Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in a high-volume community acupuncture setting. He also completed training and certification in his Shifu’s Ba Zi course.
Prior to initiating professional practice, Dr. Wang was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and an Undergraduate Research Apprentice in the Poly-PEDAL laboratory of Professor Robert J. Full. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Physiology and Biomechanics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also pursued minor studies in Classical Chinese and East Asian Philosophy, especially Daoism. His graduate degrees are a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM).
Dr. Wang has over two decades of experience in various teaching capacities. As an avid martial artist, qi cultivator, and long-term meditator, he merges these lineages into an integrative transmission called Dao De Gong Fa.
Nora Morenza, Lic. Ac
Spanish and French Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator, French Communications Contact
Nora practices Balance Method acupuncture in French-speaking Switzerland. When Delphine had to unexpectedly replace Dr. Tan for teaching his 2015 Lausanne Core Foundations, she had the courage to volunteer live translating in French. Furthermore, Nora has invested a lot of energy in spreading the Balance Method to Spain. She is a contributor to our French and Spanish Facebook groups and performs live translations of Si Yuan trainings in both French and Spanish.
Sandra Wilfert, Lic. Ac
German and English Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator; Si Yuan German Communications Contact
Sandra practices Balance Method acupuncture in Germany. Since she met Dr. Tan in 2006, she’s put all her heart into supporting the development of his Balance Method in German-speaking territories. Sandra has been live translating all of Dr. Tan’s and Si Yuan’s classes since 2011. When Delphine stood in for Dr. Tan’s class in Norway for the very first time, she didn’t hesitate a second to join and help. In addition to her endless loving support for Si Yuan, she takes great care of our German-speaking community through translating material, answering emails and moderating Facebook.
Vanessa Leite, Lic. Ac
Portuguese Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator; Si Yuan Portuguese Communications Contact
Vanessa practices Balance Method acupuncture in Portugal. In 2015, she planted the seed for Dr. Tan’s teachings in Portugal, then in Brazil, the following year. Thanks to her enthusiasm, faith, and determination, Si Yuan’s Portuguese/Brazilian speaking communities receive prompt email support, enjoy our educational newsletters and an up-to-date website. Vanessa spreads kindness and sincerity in all her actions. Along with Pedro, she live translates Si Yuan classes into Portuguese/Brazilian.
Core Contributor Team
The team constantly facilitates the international growth of Si Yuan and the Global Balance Foundation (GBF) in different countries and many languages. They are the vital force and voice of Si Yuan.
Angela Chambers, Lic. Ac
English Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator
English Instagram Editor (Si Yuan and GBF)
Angela studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia. She attended the 2015 Lausanne Core Foundation class and was inspired by Dr. Delphine Armand's transmission of Dr. Tan's Balance Method. She knew in her heart that she had found her lineage. Since then, she practices in Switzerland and continues to deepen her practice of the Balance Method. In 2018, she joined the Global Balance Foundation (GBF) on its first official humanitarian acupuncture mission in Cambodia. Despite challenging working conditions, Angela always maintained her positive energy and great compassion for her patients and mission colleagues.
Christian Bello, Lic. Ac., D.O.
Christian is a man of many hats. He completed studies in both physiotherapy and osteopathy. He started to study acupuncture as felt he lacked the knowledge to balance the body’s energy. He first attended a Si Yuan seminar in 2018 and fell in love with the Balance Method. Motivated by the natural beauty and logic of this Method, Christian works with all his strength to grow the Si Yuan community and give back to them what Dr. Tan's legacy brings to him every day. It is his way of remembering the Source. In his clinic near Nîmes, France, he practices exclusively the Balance Method combined with osteopathy for amazing results. With the same passion, he is an active contributor of Si Yuan through translating, moderating the French Facebook Group and presenting Si Yuan Sundays in French.
Gerald Barra, Lic. Ac
Spanish Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator; Si Yuan Spanish Communications Contact
Gerald practices Balance Method acupuncture in Chile. Since his first class at the 2016 Sao Paulo Core Foundations, Gerald has expressed the wish to bring the Balance Method to his country. Since he has joined the Si Yuan family, his creativity, seriousness and diligence are at the root of Si Yuan’s growing Spanish-speaking community in South America. His involvement through webpage translations, Facebook page editing and group moderating are a model of dedication to Dr. Tan and Si Yuan’s mission.
Johanne Picard-Scott, Lic. Ac
Communication Manager of GBF
Johanne took her first class with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in the summer of 2013. Little did she know how this class would shape her future practice. Johanne was so mesmerized with the clarity and logic of the teachings that she took as many classes as she could. Since opening her practice in New York in 2014, she has treated thousands of patients, using Dr. Tan’s Balance Method exclusively. Understanding that the profound lineage of this medical tradition requires continued study, Johanne continues to deepen her practice with Si Yuan and has recently been on her first mission to Haiti with the Global Balance Foundation (GBF). This experience was deeply moving. Despite her overly busy daily schedule, Johanne didn’t hesitate a second to accept giving her natural talent as a writer in support of GBF’s work. Since joining GBF, Johanne has impressed the team with her professionalism and dedication in making GBF’s work known worldwide.
Dr. Junji Takarabe, LAc, DACM
English Facebook Page Editor and Group Moderator
Junji practices Balance Method acupuncture in Australia. He first attended a seminar under Dr. Tan in 2014 and got hooked on the Balance Method. Since then, he uses it exclusively in his practice and deepened his knowledge with Ba Zi. Since 2016, he instills an atmosphere of happiness and fun in Si Yuan’s Australian classes as well as GBF missions in Cambodia. His good mood, incomparable sense of humor, and proficiency in social cohesion are always greatly appreciated by those in his presence. From Japan, Junji translated Si Yuan’s website into Japanese and invested a lot of energy transmitting the Balance Method to Japan. With humility, truthfulness, wisdom and joy, he is a great contributor to the various projects and social media of Si Yuan and GBF.
Laurence Meyfroodt, Lic. Ac.
Laurence and partner Olivier practice the Balance Method in Belgium. In 2015, she completed her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In 2018, she started her Si Yuan adventure with an AcuCore seminar and fell in love with the Balance Method She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. She treats all her patients with great understanding and compassion. She constantly improves her techniques and knowledge by reading about Chinese philosophy and travelling the world. She supports Si Yuan by contributing to social media and presenting in both German and English on the Si Yuan Sunday Show.
Olivier Verbruggen, Lic. Ac.
Olivier practices only Balance Method acupuncture in his shared practice with his partner Laurence in Belgium. After completing studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Holland, he started to study under Si Yuan in Dublin in 2018. He appreciates the simplicity and consistent results of the Balance Method and loves the smiles it brings to his patients. His desire to help others in pain reflects his zest for life. He supports the Si Yuan community by contributing to social media.
Rafael Laballe, Lic. Ac.
Rafael completed his acupuncture studies in 2006. He soon became frustrated with the disassociation between academia and the real, clinical world. He spent years trying to grasp a deeper understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A friend introduced him to the Balance Method by insisting that he attends Dr. Tan's seminar in Lisbon, 2015. At the seminar, Rafael had the fortune to meet with Dr. Tan and was amazed how Dr. Tan completely changed his way of thinking. He loves the logic and simplicity that the Balance Method brings to his clinic. Rafael moderates the Portuguese Facebook Group and is an active and energetic presenter in both French and English Si Yuan Sundays.
Silvia del Conte, Lic. Ac.
The first time I heard about Dr. Tan was in Beijing, while studying Chinese Medicine at university. At the university, I met someone who explained his method to us. I found it so clear and useful to grasp the core of the treatment that I started using his reasoning and applied it to patients in China. It was so effective that I decided to join a class when he was teaching in London. I was very lucky to have met Dr. Tan in person before he left us. He gave me the perception that acupuncture is a system of dealing with living organisms and interactions and that we all are connected in a Matrix. He touched my heart with his passion and profound love for his tradition and students. Silvia contributes to Si Yuan by translating the Italian webpages and contributing to social media.
Core Support Team :
Si Yuan and GBF Webmaster
Jonathan lives in a small city in the middle of France from where he orchestrates Si Yuan and GBF websites. From 2013, when Delphine urgently needed to professionalize Dr. Tan’s registration system for overseas events, through all the website changes that occurred until now, he was always ready to help. His creativity to find technical solutions to our very specific and often changing needs is admirable and valuable. Jonathan is a gem of patient integrity and his expertise is essential for Si Yuan’s ongoing passion to serve its community.
Si Yuan Task Manager
Michael is a naturopath, specializing in Tui Na Massage and Osteopathy. His first contact with the Balance Method was through Vanessa, a longtime friend and colleague who helped him recover from a herniated disk. He was invited by Delphine and Paul to join the Si Yuan Team at the end of 2019. His responsibility is to help coordinate the varied and numerous tasks of Si Yuan's Core.
Michelle Lee, MFA, MSE
Si Yuan video editor
Michelle prepares Si Yuan videos for the website and social media. She earned master's degrees in both documentary film and entrepreneurship. Her independent documentary work has screened in 23 festivals and conferences in five countries.
Based in Florida in U.S.A., Michelle helps NGOs tell stories through video and also teaches documentary planning and production part-time.
Si Yuan Administrator; English Communications Contact
Monica lives in the Czech Republic and has a background in editing work for NGOs and academics. She took over the foundation patiently and skillfully established by her sister Michelle for 5 years. In a joyous and relaxed way, yet with a lot of professionalism, she handles the challenging tasks of administrating all of Si Yuan’s registrations and coordinating newsletter publications.
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Dr. Tan showed us how to tap into the source of Chinese medicine. Each of us is one drop. Together we merge into powerful meridians flowing towards oneness.