Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy Protocols

Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Spinal Stenosis

The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in adults and children with "Spinal Stenosis" 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: C7 huatuo, T1 huatuo, T7 huatuo, GV 20, Ouch Point

Secondary Points: L1 huatuo, UB 7, UB 8, UB 9, ST 39, GB 34

Primary Treatment Points For Spinal Stenosis...

C7 Huatuo Sides of Spine at C7


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  • C7 innervates the parathyroid gland and as it has a role in calcium utilization, this point is use dfor a range of bone problems, arthritis, bone spurs, osteoporosis, etc.  Also used locally for problems down in the arm and hands, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, etc.
  • 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.

T7 Huatuo Sides of Spine at T7


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  • T7 (Left) innervates the spleen and is an important point for any blood related issues - both in terms of circulation but also in terms of disease.  Due to the role in body fluids and blood a range of issues that are more prominent at night may be indicated, insomnia, frequent nighttime urination, dream disturbed sleep and/or nightmares.  Used for esophageal issues and a range of digestive issues.  Also influences the circulation into the lower back and legs, so any issues with legs, swelling, weakness, etc. and as a secondary point for back pain.
  • T7 (Right) influences the abdominal blood vessel - used for a range of circulatory issues including raynaud's syndrome, hand and/or feet that are too hot or too cold or vasculate between the two abdnormally.  Also any systemic diseases that travel in or involves the blood, AIDS/HIV, leukemia, anemia, etc.  More strongly influences digestion and issues that are stronger from noon through the afternoon.
  • Used extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. May be needled and used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

GV 20 Hundred Convergences

  • Main point for headache, dizziness, eye pain and redness, irritability, hypertension from excess yang in the upper body, often occuring with patterns of excess Liver yang or Liver fire. Combine with lower body points such as LV 2, LV 3, KD 1, GB 34, GB 41.
  • Main point for internal wind which has some overlapping indications with the above entry, for headaches, dizziness, visual dizziness, tinnitus, vertex pain, windstroke, seizures.
  • Main point for prolapse, anal, uterine, vaginal; main point for hemorrhoids.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Used to effect the association area (related to emotions, memory, behavior), useful for low energy, yang energy imbalances, parkinson's, alzheimer's, motor control issues.  

Secondary Treatment Points For Spinal Stenosis...

L1 Huatuo Sides of Spine at L1


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  • L1 innervates and influences the adrenal gland, the testis or the vagina areas.  It is used for a range of hormonal issues including menstrual issues, PMS, fertility issues, sexual issues, etc.
  • Used  extensively within the Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Therapy. May be needled and used with tuina and/or tonren therapy.

UB 7 Celestial Connection


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  • Clear wind and resolve the exterior - important point for sinus congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis, nosebleed, nasal polyps.
  • Loss of sense of smell.
  • Headaches and/or dizziness from wind and congestion.
  • Neck pain and stiffness, throat goiter.
  • Fainting, deviation of the mouth as from wind-stroke.

UB 8 Declining Connection


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  • Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vision, dizziness, tinnitus.
  • Calms the shen - a range of psychological conditions including depression, mania, withdrawal from lack of ability of the shen to rise.
  • Useful for removing obstructions causing Qi flow issues to the head/brain (heavy head, vertex pain, distention).

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 39 Lower Great Hollow


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  • Disorders of the Small Intestine organ - abdominal pain, diarrhea, dysentary.
  • SI channel problems - breast issues, mastitis, pain/swelling/numbness along channel.
  • Local point for lower leg issues - pain, numbness, motor control, atrophy.

GB 34 Yang Mound Spring

  • Hui Meeting of the Sinews - useful for treating soft tissue anywhere in the body, contracture, cramping, pain, spasm, weakness, numbness, paralysis.
  • Sciatica and issues with the low back, hip, a/or lower limbs, knees.
  • All disorders of the lateral regions of the body.
  • Lower He Sea of the GB - effects GB organ, usually with GB Damp-Heat conditions, cholecystitis, hepatitis, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, bitter taste in mouth, gallstones.
  • Shao Yang level diseases presenting with alternating chills/fevers, costal pain, bitter taste in mouth.
  • LV attacking SP - counterflow Qi, nausea, vomiting, indigestion.
  • Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Sciatic nerve issues, leg muscle issues (cramps, fatigue), gallstones.  

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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