Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy Protocols

Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Eye Problems

The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in adults and children with "Eye Problems" and related issues. The system focuses on the scalp and Huatuojiaji points along the spine. You may use acupuncture, massage and/or the tong ren to focus on the following areas for healing. For details about the system consider reading the Tom Tam Healing System textbook. A full list of conditions with treatment points is available in A Lazy Bum's Healing: Tong Ren Therapy Cross Reference - both are available in our book store

With regards to acupuncture treatments within this style, generally these points would be combined with some more traditional points based on their overall diagnosis in Chinese Medicine terms. Generally we combine qi gong, acupuncture and tuina along most of the major points in the neck and spine as appropriate.

Main Points: C3 huatuo, UB 1, UB 2, UB 3, UB 9, Yintang SI 16

Secondary Points: LI 4, Taiyang, GB 20, SI 17

Primary Treatment Points For Eye Problems...

C3 Huatuo Sides of Spine at C3


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  • C3 innervates the eyes, sinuses, temporal lobe areas and and is used for a range of eye, vision and sinus issues.  In the right circumstances, combines well with Yintang and LI 4.
  • Used extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. The cervical huatuo points are not needled as often, but used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

UB 1 Bright Eyes


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  • Main point for all eye disorders especially from wind (internal or external), excess, a/or heat.
  • Eye pain, strain, redness, swelling, itching, twitching, blurry vision, etc.
  • Myopia, color blindness, night blindness.
  • Glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, cataracts.

UB 2 Bamboo Gathering


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  • Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache.
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes - allergies.
  • Use in facial massage for headaches with GB 20, ST 8, LI 4, and UB 60.
  • Glaucoma, night blindness, blurry and/or weak vision.
  • Generally, needle towards UB 1 for eye disease or Yuyao for supraorbital pain.

UB 3 Eyebrow Ascension


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  • Local point for headaches, nasal obstruction.
  • Epilepsy, agitation of the heart (possibly resulting in mania or excessive giddiness).

UB 9 Jade Pillow


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  • Expels wind-cold - nasal congestion, chills and fever, headaches from wind.
  • Occipital headaches and/or neck pain, heavy head.
  • Eye pain and/or redness, blurry vision.
  • Unbalanced temperature/sweating - cold sensation in head with sweats, or no sweating in heat disease.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the cerebellum (muscle coordination, equilibrium). Useful for stroke recovery, ALS, MS, Parkinson's, etc.

(EX) Yintang Hall of Seal

  • Calms the spirit - insomnia, anxiety, stress.
  • Frontal headache.
  • Sinus issues - congestion, sinusitis.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Eye and sinus issues, useful point for building the energy in the head during qi gong.

SI 16 Celestial Windows


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  • Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat, voice issues.
  • Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness, pain.
  • Local point for neck and/or shoulder problems.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the vertebral artery and the occipital artery.  Useful for occipital headache, alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation. Often used with Tian Dong as a starting point. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

Secondary Treatment Points For Eye Problems...

LI 4 Union Valley


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  • Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes
  • Strengthens the wei qi, improves immunity
  • Regulates the sweat glands, for excessive sweating tonify LI 4 then disperse KD 7 and vice versa.
  • Any problem on the face - sense organs, mouth, teeth, jaw, toothache, allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, acne, eye problems, etc.
  • Toothache use both LI 4 & ST 44 - LI for the lower jaw & ST for the upper jaw.
  • Headache, especially frontal a/or sinus (yangming area).
  • Chronic Pain
  • Influence the circulation of Qi and Blood - Use the four gates, LI 4 & LV 3 to strongly move the Qi and Blood in the body clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.
  • Promote labor or for retained placenta  

(EX) Taiyang Great Sun

  • Temporal, one-sided a/or migraine headaches.
  • Eye issues - pain, swelling, redness, photophobia, visual acuity.
  • Local point for tootache, facial paralysis, pain, etc.
  • Classically mentioned in the Ode of the Jade Dragon for swelling of the breast (bleed bilaterally).
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Headaches, dizziness, eye and/or sinus issues. For migraines use with GB 20 and LI 4.

GB 20 Wind Pool

  • Dispel Exterior or Interior Wind - (exterior) - fever/chills, stiff neck; (internal) - paralysis, twitching, tremors, numbness, dizziness, vertigo.
  • All issues of the head, brain (seizures, memory, mental/neurological disorders), face, throat and sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue).
  • Headache, especially occipital.
  • Eye issues.
  • Issues of the neck, shoulders a/or upper back - pain, weakness, stiffness.
  • Hypertension, especially with LV Yang Rising.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used most often in conjunction with the huatuo points of C1 and C2 to open the spinal cord, generally used to relieve neck tension.  

SI 17 Celestial Countenance


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  • Both SI 16 & SI 17 are Window of the Sky Points and are useful for throat distention, swelling, goiters, lumps in neck a/or throat.
  • Chest oppression, wheezing, cough, asthma.
  • Ear issues - tinnitus, deafness.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation to the brain, and the facial nerves.  Useful for facial issues such as TMJ, gum problems, etc. Also used with headaches, hearing issues, dizziness and/or high blood pressure. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.  

How To Learn More About Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy?

Tam Healing Resources

Tong Ren Therapy is a form of energy healing developed by the prominent Boston area acupuncturist and healer, Master Tom Tam. Tong Ren was originally developed to aid in the treatment of cancer, but has been extended to treat a broad range of conditions.

Live video broadcasts and local healing classes are now offered around the world. Our live video class is offered weekly and offers a function for submitting healing requests, others are available at tongrenstation.com. A complete list of classes in your area can be found within this Tong Ren Classes listing.

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