Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy Protocols

Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Muscular Dystrophy

The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in adults and children with "Muscular Dystrophy" 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: C1 huatuo, C2 huatuo, T1 huatuo, T2 huatuo, Tiandong, GB 19

Secondary Points: SI 16, GB 20, GV 22, UB 9, ST 36, ST 12

Primary Treatment Points For Muscular Dystrophy...

C1 Huatuo Sides of Spine at C1


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  • C1 innervates the top of the head and is an important juncture between the brain and body.  Affects the parietal lobe, sensory and motor areas of the brain.  
  • If patient has predominately left sided problems, then the right side of C1 will be focused on and vice versa.
  • A "wind" are in Chinese Medicine may be used for stroke, epilepsy, headache.  Can be used as an dizziness or faintness "emergency" balancing point for overstimulation from qigong, acupuncture and/or hypertension.
  • 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.

C2 Huatuo Sides of Spine at C2


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  • C2 innervates the forehead and the frontal lobe.  The relationship with the Broca's speech area left side of C2 may be used for speech disorders such as stuttering or post-stroke asphasia.
  • Due to the relationship with the frontal lobe used for a range of anxiety and depression related disorders as well as conditions such as OCD, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, and insomnia.  Generally the left side is for more insomnia and ocd related symptoms and the right side is for more standard anxiety/depression realm symptoms.
  • May also be used for headaches, acne, sinus issues and/or visual issues, usually with other supporting points.
  • 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.

T1 Huatuo Sides of Spine at T1


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  • T1 innervates the windpipe and affects the bone marrow, used for a range of lung and immune issues (with T2 and T3), a range of neck issues, releasing exterior heat (colds/flus/fever), neck and shoulder problems.  T1, T2 and T3 are used for a range of immune and autoimmune conditions within the tam healing system.
  • Used extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. May be needled and used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

T2 Huatuo Sides of Spine at T2


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  • T2 innervates the bronchus and thymus gland and is used for a range of immune issues (with T1 and T3), including symptoms such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.  T1, T2 and T3 are used for a range of immune and autoimmune conditions within the tam healing system.
  • Used extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. May be needled and used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

(EX) Tian Dong Sky Movement

  • Note:  This point is not a standard acupuncture point, it was developed by Master Tam for use within the Tam Healing System.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the vertebral artery.  Useful for alzheimer's, brain tumors, dyslexia, MS, and many brain issues related to circulation. 
  • Falls into the category of Window of the Sky points within the Tam Healing system.

GB 19 Brain Hollow

  • Local Point.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the visual cortex. Useful for muscle/coordination problems with the eyes from conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, etc.

Secondary Treatment Points For Muscular Dystrophy...

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.  

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.  

GV 22 Fontanel Meeting

  • Nasal issues - congestion, olfactory problems (i.e. distinguishing smells), nosebleed, polyps.
  • Headaches, primarily from wind in the Chinese Medicine sense of the term, dizziness, vertigo.
  • Psychological issues, particularly related to fear a/or fright, panic attacks, palpitations.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect brain and scalp issues, useful for brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, lou gehrig's. Also helpful for improving focus in children (ADD/ADHD).  

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.

ST 36 Leg Three Li


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  • Tonify deficient Qi a/or Blood.
  • Tonify Wei Qi and Qi overall - low immunity, chronic illness, poor digestion, general weakness, particularly with moxibustion, very important acupuncture point for building and maintaining overall health.
  • All issues involving the Stomach a/or the Spleen - abdominal/epigastric pain, borborygmus, bloating, nausea, vomiting, GERD, hiccups, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
  • Clear disorders along the course of the channel - breast problems, lower leg pain.
  • Earth as the mother of Metal - will support Lung function in cases of asthma, wheezing, dyspnea.
  • Psychological/Emotional disorders - PMS, depression, nervousness, insomnia.

ST 12 Empty Basin


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  • Shoulder pain (esp. that radiates to neck).
  • Neck/throat issues - tightness/pain.
  • Cough, counterflow qi, sore, swollen throat (rebellious lung qi).
  • Internal branch of the ST meridian connects here directly from the Stomach, Spleen & Diaphragm - tonify middle warmer.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the circulation within the subclavian artery.  Useful for bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. 
  • 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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