Tong Ren Therapy – Preliminary Research Study

As mentioned elsewhere on the site, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine and Emory University conducted a survey analysis of Tong Ren Therapy participants to gauge whether further research would be warranted.  

The study was published in the 2009 Complementary Health Practice Review journal (Vol. 14, No. 1, 19-35).  Below is an abstract of their study:

“Tong Ren (TR) is an untested energy healing modality with anecdotally-reported effectiveness for a variety of disorders. Study objective: To describe participant reports of effectiveness and safety. Design: Cross-sectional, anonymous survey. Setting: Weekly group sessions in the Northeast US. Participants: Adults attending group sessions. Measures: Changes in conditions attributed to TR. Results: Response rate 89% (n = 265). Cancer (30.6%), endocrine/autoimmune (17.5%) and musculoskeletal disorders (17.2%) were the most commonly reported conditions. Among respondents who had attended more than one session (n = 216), 30% used superlatives (e.g., “amazing”) to describe TR’s impact, and one-third noted improved quality of life. No adverse effects were described. Anxiety, depression, cancer, and autoimmune disorders appeared to have the greatest treatment responses, with 63.8%, 61.0%, 60.3%, and 58.1% of participants with these conditions reporting substantial improvements. Conclusion: This first study documenting self-reported effects of TR shows subjective benefits and no adverse effects. Further research on this approach is warranted.”

New Tong Ren Therapy Association and Upcoming Webcast

The official launch of the Tongren Therapy Association (I-TAP) will be this Sunday (Feb, 1st, 2009).  If you are in Quincy, MA we welcome you to attend the event in person.  For others, Tom will be giving a speech via webcast from 11:30am-12:00pm (EST) at .

Here’s the summary:
: I-TAP (International Tongren Association of Practitioners)
: Website:
: February 1, 2009 11:30 to 3:00
: 11:30 – 12:00 Tom Tam Speech. This historic moment will be broadcasted (go to at 11:30 EST)
: 12:00 to 3:00 Food and Social Gathering


Fourth Edition of Tong Ren Therapy: Beyond Acupuncture Now Available

We now have the fourth addition of the Tong Ren Therapy:  Beyond Acupuncture textbook by Tom Tam.  This book is a personal favorite of mine and I’m glad to see Tom found the time to update it.  While acupuncturists may find the Tom Tam Healing System a better place to start learning Tong Ren, this text teaches more from the energetic side of the practice rather than the point/technical side.  Anyone with a background or an interest in energy healing will find this text interesting, and certainly more so if you are learning Tong Ren.  There are some excerpts from the book on the here.



Tong Ren Therapy for Cancer and other Ailments – General Questions and Comparisons

When people first see or hear about Tong Ren Therapy their first impression is often one of wonder, and their first thought is usually something along the lines of “why would anyone tap a hammer on an acupuncture doll” or even worse “this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen!”  This is perhaps even more so as we are most often treating cancer and other very serious medical conditions with such light hearted techniques.

As with many aspects of healing, the clinical and scientific basis of Tong Ren Therapy is not immediately apparent to most people.  And the reasoning of why we choose to utilize a doll and hammer instead of the many other ways you can work with energy is not immediately clear.

When I run my Tong Ren Therapy (or “Guinea Pig”) classes in Chattanooga, I most often start the class with what I call my “spiel.”  This is my random, but usually Tong Ren related, topic of the day.  Most often I do this to provide a brief explanation for people who are new to the class, but it is also to benefit people who have attended for a while, so that they can understand more details of the system. 

In my “spiel,” I generally cover the most obvious questions time and time again – “Why do you use the doll”, “Why not use your hand”, “Does the person have to be present”, “Does it really matter where you tap”, “How does this compare to other forms of healing such as Reiki”, etc.  Within this article I would like to cover some of my answers to these basic questions as people always find the discussion simple and understandable.

In essence Tong Ren Therapy works under the same philosophy as Tai Chi – using less resistance to allow more energy to flow freely.  While other forms of energy healing such as Reiki and Medical Qi Gong are effective, they are often limited by a number of issues.  In general, people (including the healers themselves) have a limited ability to focus intently for any length of time.  Many forms of energy healing require a considerable amount of training, development, and control that not everyone can maintain.  Even for advanced masters, they will often see only a few patients every day so that they can rebuild their own energy and control.  One main answer to the question, “Why do you use the doll,” then, is to maintain focus.  Even though we are using the concept of the collective unconscious in Tong Ren Therapy, there is still a light focus that needs to be maintained.  You cannot think about your laundry and expect to have a strong healing presence, and the same is true with focusing too hard.  What the tapping of the doll accomplishes, among other things, is to say to yourself “I’m focusing on GB 13“, “I’m focusing on GB 13“, “I’m focusing on GB 13“, now “I’m focusing on GV 20“, “I’m focusing on GV 20“, etc.  It lightly overrides your conscious mind allowing your intention to travel more freely than if you simply stare at a point on someone.

Tong Ren is also a two-way street.  There has to be a patient that is present (not necessarily physically) and who has asked for the treatment.  Just as you have to be lightly focused on the task at hand as a Tong Ren healer, your patient has to be mentally present and open to the treatment (not necessarily believing in it – just open to the treatment).  There are many aspects to this.  First is that by saying out loud to the healer what condition they would like healed they are bringing it and the potential that it can be healed to their mind.  This is important.  The second aspect involves the dialogue between the healer and the client – essentially either watching their reactions to the treatment and/or asking about their sensations.  This too is important as you become more familiar with the techniques you can “steer” the treatments better – initially spending more time on a particular area than others based on the response, later perhaps adding areas in that you feel need work.  In general, as you being working on someone the first sign of Qi (or energy) movement will be that there face will become red and/or their hands/face will feel warm to them – after this initial response you can begin moving the energy through the main treatment points on the doll.

Another common question, is “Does it really matter where you tap?”  The idea behind this question is usually if it is all mind and intent – does it really matter what you do.  Yes, it matters quite a bit and this is one of the crucial differences between Tong Ren Therapy and other systems of energy healing that may have a less precise underlying treatment theory.  Tong Ren ultimately uses a tremendous amount of western medical understandings crossed with a variety of theories from the extremely long history of Chinese Medicine.  While the medium of delivery method (i.e. tapping on a doll) may initally be strange, the reasoning behind the treatment points has very strong theoretical underpinnings.  For an advanced discussion of a single condition, I recommend you read through an article on the treatment of Leukemia.  This article shows the amount of thought, research, and science that is behind our treatment point selection criteria.

Finally, how does Tong Ren compare to other forms of energy healing?  Well, ultimately the answer is in the results.  We have a vast number of testimonials of people who have been healed of a variety of conditions.  Some are in our Tong Ren Therapy Testimonial forum.  Part of the answer to this question was covered above in that it differs by how you better control the use of your conscious and unconscious mental activity to allow your energy to flow more freely and in the precision of the areas that you focus on instead of more subjective aspects like “this area feels dark to me”, or “it feels like energy isn’t flowing in your arm”, etc.  This isn’t to discount other forms of healing, just that there are ambigious and subjective aspects to many of them and the results are not always reproducible from person to person.  People will benefit from the relaxation of the treatments and there are many stories of healings, but what we are struggling to build is a system that is explainable, reproducible, and that which requires very little training and/or physical or energetic development.  While Tong Ren Therapy is still a work in progress, it appears to be what the founder, Master Tam, envisioned – a reproducible, scientifically founded, energy healing technique that can heal a broad range of conditions.

For more information you can read our introduction to Tong Ren Therapy section and there are theory related texts available within the Tong Ren Bookstore.


Tong Ren and Tom Tam Featured on NBC Boston

Tom Tam and Tong Ren Therapy was recently featured on the NBC Affiliate Channel 7 in Boston.  The stories features a few testimonials from patients of ours with leukemia, liver cancer, and other ailments.  There is a written segment here.  And you can view the video segment by clicking on the “Watch Video” link at the top of the news article.

Basic Theory of Tong Ren Therapy by Tom Tam

The following article covers the basic theory behind Tong Ren Therapy.  It was written by the founder of the system, Master Tom Tam.  There are other articles on this site, both technical and general, regarding Tong Ren and the underlying Tom Tam Healing System.  This is a good general introduction to the healing system.

For any healing system, there has to be a supporting theory, no matter where the theory comes from or whether it makes sense. The theory of the collective unconscious is the basis for Tong Ren Therapy. Without proof all theories are merely conjecture. Proof may be found in research or empirical data. Tong Ren has not been proven by any expert research. This type of research involves financial support, political support, development of modern science, and case studies by a qualified practitioner. The proof for all of my theories is only through the experience and results of my patients and myself. Of course I have no doubt that Tong Ren Therapy works. No one can deny the work we have done or the results we have achieved or argue about it.

With everything we have done, people like to know the theory behind the truth and its philosophy. Yet, many things are still a puzzle. As with much of Western healing theories, no one can be sure why they work. For example, how many billions of dollars have been spent on cancer research and yet, has anyone found out why cancer occurs? We know so little from this extensive quest, but we still use the “Big Three” treatments — surgery, chemotherapy and radiation — to kill the cancer cells. Their effectiveness has been disappointing, but we look ahead with hope. In my practice, it is easy to reduce the suffering in some cancer cases with Chi Gong and Tong Ren Therapy. Yet, some tell me that if they do not understand the theory of Chi Gong and Tong Ren healing, they would rather die, and they refuse to try my healing modality. This is very surprising to me. I can tell them honestly that I do not know the true theory of Chi Gong and Tong Ren healing, but I do know the method and I have the ability to relieve the symptoms. In some cases, the tumor immediately disappears or becomes smaller. Interestingly, most cancer patients are not knowledgeable about chemotherapy, but they are willing to try it because they have faith in Western medicine. Ask a doctor or someone who already received chemotherapy treatments one simple question: who developed chemotherapy originally?

In religion we have faith healing. This theory is the belief in God. Many people laugh at and deny faith healing. These people have closed minds; but if they do some research, there can be no denial. Maybe the healing rate is low. Maybe their philosophy cannot be agreed upon and accepted. However, the truth is that faith healing works; scorn cannot stop people from using this approach. In fact, since the beginning of human history each nation and religion has had its own methods for healing. Religious and mystical healing has its own way to bring energy to heal patients. No matter what people name the energy, I believe it is the same. This is similar to Chi Gong healing. There is a name and technique for each style of Chi Gong to describe more or less the same thing.

Tong Ren healing is not affiliated with any religion, nor should it be viewed as a mystery. My belief in Tong Ren healing is associated with the philosophy of the collective unconscious and the power of the mind. Many people accept the idea that there is an unconscious and that the mind is powerful. These philosophical views can be found in many books. When a group comes together to form a collective unconscious, as in healing meditation, this collective mind can become healing power. A leader is required for this type of healing power. When we form a group with a collective unconscious mind, we need a, just as a computer needs a font to show a letter on a monitor.

In Tong Ren Therapy we use a regular plastic acupuncture model to form the healing image. The acupuncture model becomes an energetic representation of the patient’s body. By placing the needles in the appropriate spots on the model and connecting the mind with our collective unconscious, the practitioner can give a patient a treatment. A connection between the therapist and the patient is formed. This connection can be modified by the energetic representation of the acupuncture model. Just as light shining through a slide will display an image, the Chi directed to the patient is modified by the image of the acupuncture model with needles inserted at specific points. The pattern of needles and the points selected are the same as the acupuncturist would use if inserting the needles into the patient’s body. Both inserting needles in the model and in the patient’s body are means to balance the patient’s Chi. The difference, of course, is that when the model is used the patient can be treated over long distance. This is similar to some Japanese acupuncture methods in which the needle is just touched to the skin but not inserted. Because Chi and the collective unconscious are not limited by space; the only thing is to establish a connection. The healing power is not from the acupuncture model–it is from our mind, and this mind transforms into a healing force. This healing energy we call Chi. In the human body, Chi has its own way to circulate. We must regulate the Chi and make it run on its track. This is the same theory that a Chi Gong master uses to make Chi circulate in a patient’s body.

There are more than a thousand different Chi Gong healing systems in China. For each system, there are a certain way and certain techniques in the use of Chi for healing purposes. In Tong Ren healing, we have our own techniques. The points used on the model are mostly on the meridians of TCM. We choose the points for Tong Ren treatments from the Tom Tam Healing System, which is based on TCM and results from my new research. When we practice Tong Ren healing, we must follow a standardized method. In the future when more people repeatedly use this same method, it will become more powerful. In this way our collective unconscious intent and experience continuously increases the strength of Tong Ren Therapy. In my practice, I can clearly affirm that the more I practice Tong Ren, the easier it becomes to see positive healing results.

The purpose of this healing modality is to help balance one’s Chi circulation. This balance is good for anyone and does not cause any harm. If anyone ever tries to use this technique to harm someone, it will not work. To harm someone is not a part of the philosophy of Tong Ren Therapy. It is neither a part of our collective unconscious intent. If any of the practitioners try to harm someone with Tong Ren, they will end up harming themselves. A healer is one who tries to help someone heal. Hurting people is against the healer’s consciousness. When someone wants to learn Tong Ren healing, they must purify the mind towards helping the sick and hopeless heal.

From the point of view of karmic theory, we could say that if patients believe in the efficacy of Tong Ren, they are collectively creating a karmic field or mental (mind) imprint for this approach to manifest healing. The more people who believe in and are open to Tong Ren, the more powerful Tong Ren becomes. Furthermore, the more this modality is practiced, the more potent it becomes. This is in accord with the Buddhist understanding of mental (mind) imprinting because all ideas are collected in the subconscious and become more powerful with the passage of time. Furthermore, Buddhist theory states that all things manifest in our environment because of the imprints we have created in our subconscious mind. Therefore, we could say Tong Ren healing is possible because we have planted seeds in our subconscious and created a prior manifestation. Moreover, Buddhist and other Eastern systems believe that all manifestations come from the mind, and within this understanding, we can acknowledge that the body itself can be healed if we create the imprint for the healing to happen in the subconscious mind. (In these systems,)according to this belief, the body is the mind at a lower vibration frequency. The body is a creation or projection of the mind.

When we form a collective unconscious intent and force, and translate it towards a healing power, this power has the highest quality. When we put people into the Chi Gong state, the Chi automatically knows how to balance the Chi in the body. Our mind cannot change the healing path of the Chi.

There is a famous research story in the Western world called The Hundredth Monkey. Scientists studied the behavior of monkeys inhabiting a group of islands. One day a monkey on one island was spotted going to the ocean to clean mud off a piece of food. This was the first time the scientists had observed such behavior. Their excitement increased when scientists from the next island reported that the monkeys on their island had begun to adopt the same action. Although there was no contact between the two groups of monkeys, in a short time, both groups had developed the same behavior, a transfer of knowledge without direct contact. One could speculate that this was mere coincidence, yet it would seem more likely that this was a tangible example of a collective unconscious at work. I believe that in learning the best thing is, “Monkey see, monkey do.” Now it seems even if they do not see, they can do.

Perhaps as more people practice Tong Ren, eventually Tong Ren will be practiced in the whole world. Hypnotic suggestion and guided meditation are practiced in the Western world. Tong Ren Therapy is beyond the power of suggestion since we can produce healing effects on babies and animals. This means that Tong Ren Therapy does not need the use of language to influence the patient. It is a transfer of Chi, healing and knowledge without any guided thought or the use of the power of suggestion. If a group of Tong Ren therapists perform Tong Ren Therapy, they can gather more Chi to affect another group of Tong Ren therapists. In this way the healing power of the whole group of Tong Ren therapists keeps growing. Many Tong Ren practitioners realize that every few months the effectiveness of their healing increases. This is because each day, as more people practice Tong Ren, the healing power keeps growing within the collective unconscious. As more patients come to believe in the healing power of Tong Ren, this further increases the healing power of the collective unconscious.

To date, many people still do not believe that acupuncture, a physical and mechanical stimulation technique, is effective in healing many diseases. The same acupuncture points as in acupuncture are used in Tong Ren healing, but with Tong Ren, there is no need for actual physical stimulation. Tong Ren is a modality using the power of the mind or psychophysical healing, this causes many people to doubt and deny it, and have arguments about its theory and challenge its healing results.

Recent medical studies have proven the power of the mind in the healing process. These studies use a placebo in order to arrive at this conclusion. Sugar pills can trigger healing without any chemical effects. Indeed, many of the reports show that sugar pills are often more effective than chemical medicine or even surgery in certain research studies. If the mind proves to be a power to heal diseases, the question is: what form of the mind promotes the healing of illness? The mind is a form of brainwave. If we can discover the form of this brainwave, we can access the healing state. The mind can react to the sensory organs, as light or the reflection of an image reacts through eyesight, sound or noise through hearing, smell from the nose, taste from the mouth, and touch, temperature from the skin. Besides mechanical or physical stimulation, brainwave communication can also affect the state of the mind.

In 1656, while working on the design of the pendulum clock, a Dutch scientist called Christian Huygens found that if he placed two unsynchronized clocks side by side on a wall, the two clocks would later slowly synchronize to each other. This same concept, known as the Frequency Following Response (FFR), is a natural occurring phenomenon in the human brain. The human brain has a tendency to change its dominant EEG frequency towards the frequency of the dominant external stimuli applied to it.

Scientific studies have shown that one brainwave can affect others. This is called brainwave entrainment or brain frequency entrainment. In nature, birds, fishes and all animals have the capacity for brainwave entrainment. When a group of birds are flying, all the birds follow the leader. When we look at a school of fish swimming, all the fish follow a leader too. The point (pilot?) bird and pilot fish do not need to make any sound or physical signal for others to follow. Their guiding signal is the brainwave. Brainwave entrainment triggers a frequency following response. According to scientific studies, a mother’s brainwave entrainment can alter a baby’s heartbeat and brainwave. When two women live together, it may change their menstrual cycle, manifesting the effect on the hormone levels. In Tong Ren healing, we believe that the mind of the therapist can change that of the patient’s, plus the patient’s physical condition.

Basically the brainwave contains two important aspects; one is brainwave frequency, which consists of four categories: Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. The other pertains to the type of signal from each organ. In the case of a radio wave it includes the radio wave frequency and the content of sound signal, as exhibited by speech or music. When we pick up the correct frequency with the radio, we can connect with the radio station to receive its audio signals.

Brainwave entrainment operates with two different signals: one signal initiates from outside of the human body and the other signal emanates internally. In Chi Gong healing, patients can receive the Chi from the Chi Gong healer, and the patient also can guide his or her own Chi circulation within the body. In Tong Ren healing, we follow the same theory; the Tong Ren healer can send the brainwave to the patient for healing, and the patient can guide his or her own brainwave for self-healing as well.

When the brainwave is active, its electromagnetic field is active. The electromagnetic field is one type of energy in the universe. It is also a signal. Radio waves belong to the electromagnetic field. The concept of brainwave entrainment has the same theory as the television remote control, which uses electromagnetic energy. In the case of a television remote control, we must set up the code for each function. When we push the right button, the television functions correctly. Each human being or animal has the signal or code for healing. Each organ of a being carries a different code and frequency. When we find the right code, we can make the organ function normally. According to acupuncture research, when a nerve around the acupuncture point has been anaesthetized (anaesthetisia), acupuncture does not work because the signal cannot pass through to the brain. If we can send the healing signal or code directly to the brain, it may help the healing progress.

Birds, fishes and all animals have the brainwave entrainment reaction. In the modern world, almost every piece of electronic equipment comes with a wireless or remote control. The brainwave entrainment of a being, or in the case of an electronic product, remote control or wireless access, all come from an electrical magnetic function. Yet, in practice, many scientists or experts still doubt whether a human being has brainwave entrainment ability that can be used for healing. So far the popular brainwave entrainment technique is to use music or light for healing.

In the study of psychology, there is something called the ideomotor effect in which the mind can cause the subject to move. The ideomotor effect is an unconscious psychological phenomenon. It is without conscious awareness, wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. If the mind can make a subject move or react, it means that the mind can also move the energy or Chi in the body. Automatic writing, dowsing, facilitated communication, and Ouija boards have also been attributed to the ideomotor effect. Some scientists use the ideomotor effect theory to explain Chi Gong healing and Chi Gong itself. Tong Ren Healing is not affiliated to any religious belief, or any mysticism or superstition. Tong Ren Healing has never attributed this motion to paranormal or supernatural force. Ideomotor effect is an ability a human is born with; it is instinctive.

In the practice of Tong Ren, when we put needles into the doll or bang the doll with a hammer on the acupuncture points, the image of the points with regard to location will result in memory stored in the subconscious area of the brain. By studying the healing function of the acupuncture points, the healing function of the acupuncture points will be stored in the healer’s mind as memory. When practicing Tong Ren, the Tong Ren therapist’s mind already carries the signal of the location and the function of the points for healing. During a Tong Ren session, the practitioner’s brainwave which carries the healing signal will entrain the patient’s mind. In this brainwave entrainment, the same happens as in the case of a television remote control functioning. If we send the right signal, the patient will make progress in their healing. If we send the wrong signal from our brains, the patient will not have any reaction. However, the wrong signal will not cause any dangerous or harmful side effects.

Brainwave entrainment requires brainwaves to be in a synchronized condition. Our collective unconscious with Tong Ren allows people to have an easy healing experience because the collective unconscious puts the brainwaves into a synchronized condition. Our healing collective unconsciousness is formed from the past experience of Tong Ren Healing, which is formed from our belief, which is based on the healing results. Without good results, the belief cannot be sustained.

The healing results of Tong Ren Therapy are stored in the brain as a subconscious experience. This memory will last and become a lifetime experience. When more people experience postitive healing results from Tong Ren Therapy, more people would believe in Tong Ren Therapy. This forms a collective unconsciousness which becomes more and more powerful. If Tong Ren’s healing rate were low, its popularity in the collective unconscious would fade out.

The Tong Ren healing experience does not work for some people. However, even when people do not believe in Tong Ren but are willing to try it, it can work with good results. Since Tong Ren works for animals, babies or patients in coma, this is inarguable proof that it works. When people do not believe in Tong Ren and try to argue about it or deny it, the Tong Ren treatment will not work for them because this resistance is a power in itself. People who are into arguing or denying are trying to guide the brainwave of others to listen to them and follow their theory. They cannot accept a new concept and try to prove that others are wrong. This mind set of opposition is contrary to our belief in the collective unconscious. In this situation, the Tong Ren practitioner should refuse to give a treatment or stop the treatment because this is a waste of energy. It is easy to understand that if a fish or a bird does not belong to the group, the brainwave entrainment does not work. In some cases, people believe in Tong Ren Healing, but cannot feel anything from the Tong Ren treatment. This may be caused by a functional problem in the patient’s sensory cortex. This area may be inactive, or sometimes it takes time to feel the energy moving. This kind of occurrence is very rare; most of the people receiving Tong Ren Therapy feel tingling and/or a sensation of heat in their hands, face or anywhere in the body.

We can also use the collective unconscious and brainwave entrainment theories to explain faith healing, religious healing or energy healing. Yet, Tong Ren Healing is different from other healing modalities. In Tong Ren Healing, we believes that there is a blockage for each disease. To heal the illness, one must open, or unblock the blockage, which is the root of the problem. When we find out the root of the problem, we may know how to treat the problem. Each energy healing system has its own way to explain how energy is formed. In Tong Ren healing, we believe that energy is from the unconscious, which is connected to the collective unconscious. When Tong Ren practitioners heal others, they also heal themselves because the practitioner and the patient are both within the same collective unconscious. The more therapists practice Tong Ren, the more energy they gather.

Tong Ren dolls do not have any energy or power. The healing power comes from the mind. The Tong Ren doll is simply a trigger for the healer’s mind. In time, when the healer’s level progresses to a point that it becomes second nature, the Tong Ren healer will not need any tools – just the mind. But this level is not for the beginner.



Techniques Used Within Tong Ren Therapy

Tong Ren Therapy utilizes a number of tools, such as the magnetic hammer, laser beams, etc.  The following article, a reprint from Master Tam, covers all of the Tong Ren Therapy treatment methods in detail. 

Tong Ren Definition

Developed by Tom Tam, and an integral part of the Tom Tam Healing System, Tong Ren is a form of energy therapy for restoring health and vitality. Tong Ren is based on a belief that disease is related to interruptions, or blockages, in the body’s natural flow of chi, neural bioelectricity, blood, or hormones. Tong Ren seeks to remove these blockages, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself, even when illnesses are chronic, debilitating, or otherwise untreatable.

Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Drawing on the Jungian theory of the “collective unconscious,” Tong Ren is believed to access energy from this universal source and direct it to the patient. Because no physical contact is involved or necessary, Tong Ren is often practiced as distance healing.

In a typical therapy session, the Tong Ren practitioner uses a small human anatomical model as an energetic representation of the patient, tapping on targeted points on the model with a lightweight magnetic hammer. The practitioner directs chi to blockage points corresponding to the patient’s condition, breaking down resistance at these points. As blood flow, neural transmission, and hormone reception are restored, the body is then able to heal.

History of Tong Ren

Tong in Chinese means bronze; Ren means man or human. Tong Ren can be translated as ‘bronze man’. In the Sung Dynasty (1023 AD), Emperor Ren Zhong Sung summoned the highest medical faculty of the Empire to write up the “New Bronze Man’s Points of Acupuncture Diagram and Note”. Dr. Wang Wei-yi was responsible for designing the acupuncture bronze man (human figure made by bronze). In 1027 AD, two identical bronze men were made, which were named Tong Ren (meaning “bronze man” in Chinese). Tong Ren Healing is an important component of the Tom Tam healing system. To commemorate the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pioneers for their invaluable contribution to the world on the medical front, “Tong Ren Healing”, an energy healing system developed by Tam was named after the acupuncture figure created by the TCM forerunners.

Tong Ren Technique

Tong Ren healing is becoming increasingly popular and widespread. Worldwide, and on a daily basis, people with serious illnesses are treated by Tong Ren therapists. Countless patients benefit from and are healed by Tong Ren Therapy. Each Tong Ren therapist has his/her own way of healing people. The effectiveness of the healing is high, and the cost is low. Tong Ren Therapy is extremely easy to learn. Basically there are three major techniques – with (1) the hammer, (2) laser beam, and (3) pins. Discing technique is the latest technique developed and applied in Tong Ren practices.

Magnetic Hammer

The magnetic hammer technique is one way of stimulating blockage points on the doll related to the patient’s illness. This method is super easy for anyone to learn and practice; it does not require any serious training or experience. I always say, “Monkey see, monkey do”. The hammer technique is the major method used in Tong Ren Guinea Gig Classes for group healing. The points for hammer hitting vary with individual cases.

With the hammer technique, the first step is to locate the points on the doll. The beginner can follow the healing chart in our text book “A Lazy Bum’s Healing”, then write down the main points and support points on paper, or mark the points on the doll. On the healing chart, the main points indicate where the energy is blocked and where the root of the problem is. The support points enhance the effectiveness of the healing and are not mandatory, whereas the main points are.

When we press on a patient’s body following the main points from the chart, the patient will usually experience an uncomfortable or painful feeling at these points. In TCM theory these are called the Ouch Points. We need to pay attention to any Ouch Point, or any area where pain is felt. Pain is a signal from the body, which indicates that there is an imbalance or where the Chi is static. For example, when one has liver cancer, we shall find an Ouch Point at T9 on the right hand side. When a patient has breast cancer, we can easily find an Ouch Point at T4, on the same side as the tumor. Based on many years of practice and experience, I have observed that when a person is diagnosed with a specific condition or disease, they will have an Ouch Point, which corresponds to a certain designated root problem. However, please be careful not to mislead a patient by making a diagnosis according to an Ouch Point. A blockage can sometimes mean just a tight muscle – nothing more, nothing less. Making a diagnosis is the job of medical doctors using specific medical equipment and/or tests. In our healing, we only follow the doctor’s diagnosis to find the blockage or reflex points. We never make any diagnosis of a patient’s condition.

When we use the hammer technique on the doll for healing, the general order of stimulation is from the top to the bottom, like the natural flow of water. However, when we stimulate the Sky Window area where both the common carotid and vertebral arteries are found, the order of hitting should be from the bottom to the top. This is different from when we are working on the nervous system, because the arteries carry blood upward from the heart to the brain. When we are done with all the points with the hammer technique, we should hit the doll from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. This allows for the clearing of the Chi in the whole body before we finish the healing session.

While treating cancer, we should begin by using the hammer on the head of the doll at GV22 and BL6 on both sides. After a couple of minutes, proceed to CR8’s which are not on the doll. The two CR8 points are where the ears are. Do this for another couple of minutes, then move on to the points related to the specific cancer(s). When treating multiple cancers, we always start with the primary cancer, even though there may not be any symptoms.

Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of our mind creating energy for healing. The source of this energy is from the collective unconscious, which is connected to the super conscious. When we practice Tong Ren, the focusing of our mind comes from our subconscious and unconscious – which means, “Just do it”. If we make a conscious effort to focus, the focusing comes from our conscious mind, not from the unconscious mind. No one can consciously access one’s unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is instinctive and cannot be controlled. Functions of the unconscious mind are automatic reactions. This use of the mind with the hammer technique facilitates the breaking down of blockages, which can then let energy pass within the body freely. With Tong Ren healing, we do not need to think or focus on the breaking down of the blockages, because the thought has already been stored as memory in our subconscious mind.

Using the hammer technique, we hit points on the doll for about 10 to 15 minutes. As a rule this is enough. Patients can hit the doll for self-healing, but the best way is to ask someone else to do it because in this way the patient can be totally relaxed in order to receive the healing energy. A child’s mind is purer than an adult’s and without resistance. That is why children are more effective when using the hammer technique than most adults. With late stage cancer, daily use of Tong Ren healing is required. With cancer at an early stage, we can use Tong Ren two or three times a week. If the patient wants to do it or have it done on him/her more often, it is all right to do so because there are no side effects with Tong Ren healing. The more you do it, the more you benefit from it.

When we see points on the spine from the Lazy Bum book, e.g. C1, T1, L1, S1, we hit the doll on both side of the points. If C1 Right is specified, for example, then we hit only the right side of C1.

Laser Beam

Another technique for Tong Ren healing is the use of laser beam on the doll. The laser beam technique represents heat, the building up of Chi to apply radiation onto a tumor, similar to the use of radiation in the hospital. Our concept is that of making the tumor shrink or disappear with heat. When using the laser beam, we point the light to where the tumor is on the doll. The laser beam technique is also helpful for charging one’s energy for treating the side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. The method is simple – just put the laser beam onto CV4 or CV6, or in between, where the lower Dantian is located. Basically, the laser beam is used on one spot at a time. However, if the patient or the therapist prefers, more than one laser beam can be pointed at the doll at the same time.

The healing session with the laser beam can be 10 to 20 minutes. Some patients like to have the light on longer. This does not have any side effects. Some cancer patients put the laser on the whole night long, which is fine as long as one does not mind wasting batteries. The use of the laser beam for healing cancer is simple and easy. Just turn the light on and point it onto the tumor area. One can do self-healing and a Tong Ren therapist does not need to be involved. When the light is on, it is best for the patient to be fully relaxed, making the healing more effective. During a healing session, we suggest that the patient does not read anything or watch TV. When using the laser beam on the doll, a patient may feel heat on the face. At the same time, the heat may go towards the area where the tumor is located. This is called Chi running in the body, which is important for healing. Someone may feel an expanding sensation in the chest and feel deeper and or easier breathing.

For patients with multiple cancer or with advanced cancer, directing the laser onto the lower dantien of the doll for 10 – 15 minutes will charge the patient with Chi.

In Tong Ren healing, we can use the hammer and laser beam simultaneously. We can use one doll with a laser beam on the tumor area, and another doll with the hammer technique to break down the blockages and to stimulate the support points. In this way, the healing could be more effective in a shorter period of time. We can also use the hammer stimulation first, and then use the laser beam afterward. Each session is about 20 minutes with the combination of the two healing techniques.


Another method of Tong Ren healing involves putting pins onto the doll following the chart in “A Lazy Bum’s Healing”. In the early days of Tong Ren healing, this was the only technique we used. Later, because of the law in Massachusetts and political reasons, we developed the hammer and laser beam techniques to replace the using of pins. At present, the law in some states of the U.S.A. is unclear about the legality of placing pins (including acupuncture needles) into the doll. In some states, one needs to have an acupuncture license even to do Chi Gong healing onto the doll. To avoid political and legal problems, we shall skip the pins and Chi Gong techniques on the doll. By the way, it is interesting to note that it is extremely rare that a licensed acupuncturist would be interested in Tong Ren healing. Most people who are interested in Tong Ren healing are mostly patients or family members of the patients. The more difficult the cases, the more interest they have in our healing system, because they benefit from it.

When we see points on the spine from the Lazy Bum book, e.g. C1, T1, L1, S1, we put the pins on both side of the points, i.e. one pin on the left side and one pin on the right side of C1. If C1 Right is specified, for example, we put the pin only on the right side of C1. When all the pins are in, we leave them there for about 20 – 25 minutes, like in an acupuncture session. The pins should be removed afterwards so they can be placed onto the doll again in the next treatment. Pins being left on the doll longer than 25 minutes would not cause any side effects, but would not enhance the quality of healing. The pins must be removed and re-inserted into the doll for a fresh healing session.

We generally use pins on the back of the acupuncture model and laser on the front. The hammer technique can be used on both front and back.


The latest Tong Ren healing technique is called “Discing” or “Disking”, which I started to develop in August 2007. The Discing technique requires the participation of at least three people. Three people form the collective conscious and collective unconscious. This method is more powerful and focused than other Tong Ren techniques. However, Discing cannot take the place of the other Tong Ren techniques, because each technique serves a certain purpose. Tong Ren Discing works equally well on cancer and other diseases.

To do Discing, one requires a disc or a dish as a tool. You may use the lid of a sugar jar, a teapot lid, a teacup lid, or a small saucer. Simply set the disc or lid above the Ouch Point on the doll or directly onto the patient. Each practitioner places one or two fingers on the disc or the lid. When we use the doll, we can use the bigger acupuncture model, as it is easier to position a lid on it. If we put the lid directly onto the patient, the patient may sit down in a comfortable position or lie down and relax. When we treat cancer or tumors, we ask the patient where the tumor is located, then let the patient position the lid or disc on top of the tumor.

Before the treatment, we usually ask the patient to do self-examination by pressing on the tumor (Ouch Point) and remembering the size and level of pain. After the treatment, they should press the same area to compare the before and after conditions. Doing Discing on the Ouch Point takes about five minutes. Usually the patient feels sensations such as tingling, heat, warmth, heaviness or body aches as when other Tong Ren healing techniques are being applied. After we are done with treating the tumor or Ouch Point, we apply the same technique on the spinal blockage points.

For example, when we treat breast cancer, we first treat the tumor or lump on the breast area, and then treat T4, where the blockage causing the breast problem is located. After treating T4, the next area we can work on is on the head at BL6 and GV22. In the Tom Tam Healing System. BL6 and GV22 are the pituitary gland and hormone area. The mammary gland is a hormonal organ, controlled by the pituitary gland. When we put the center of the lid on GV22, it automatically covers BL6; we do not need to separate GV22 and BL6 when we do Discing. Before doing Discing on a patient with a breast tumor, the patient should check the size of the lump first if the lump can be found. After the treatment, the lump should be checked again so we can compare the size. Very often, the lump may be smaller or may even have disappeared after the treatment.

Discing would probably remind some of us of the use of the Ouija board. In fact, in terms of technique they are very similar. However, they are completely different in theory. With variations on the same principle, the Ouija board is used in different countries for fortune telling. An almost identical method has been used in China for fortune telling for a thousand years. In Chinese it is called De Xian. De means Disc; Xian means someone who is immortal or a genius. Xian is also the highest level one can achieve in Taoism, as Buddha is the highest level one can achieve in Buddhism. De Xian is one of the mystical arts of the Taoists. The Ouija board and De Xian, each having their own particular theory as to how and why they work, are still popular today in America and China.

The traditional explanation for the mysterious driving force of the Disc’s movement varies: it could be from the psychic power of some spirit, soul, immortal being, angel, or even the devil. The scientific explanation according to Tong Ren is that the movement is caused by the power of the psyche: the unconscious or collective unconscious. In our Discing theory, the healing power of Chi is from the collective conscious and collective unconscious working hand in hand. People tend to forget that humans and all living organisms have the natural and instinctive ability for self-healing and power to heal others. If any life form loses the healing instinct, it will eventually be unable to survive, a process similar to natural selection. When three or more people practice Tong Ren healing together using the Discing technique, a collective consciousness is being formed. So far there are many people in the world who have already experienced the positive results of Tong Ren healing and believe in this healing modality. This belief constantly reinforces the Tong Ren collective unconscious, which keeps expanding constantly. Its healing power is infinite. The more we practice, the more our collective unconscious builds up. As the healing power grows, the success rate of curing cancer and tumors becomes higher and the time required for healing becomes shorter. Such results have not been found with the use of Chi Gong healing or any other energy healing modality.

Discing is not related to any religion. Nor is it something shrouded in mystery. Our theory is based on Tong Ren healing, which is based on the power of the collective unconscious. When one practices Tong Ren Discing, we do not need to believe in the Tao, God, Buddha or any religious system. There is no need to ask for help from any spirit or angel. We only have to believe that we have natural instinctive healing energy, which everyone is born with. Our instinct to heal is stored in our mind, whereas the healing power of the collective unconsciousness exists in the universe. Psychic healers are not the privileged ones with the special ability to heal – all living organisms are born with this instinctive healing power.

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Tong Ren healing is only one part of the Tom Tam Healing System. The points which we use to treat cancer can be employed while using other methods of stimulation. If a person does not like using Tong Ren, they may apply the same theory and points to acupuncture, Tui Na, Chi Gong healing, Shiatsu, massage, energy healing, etc. Yet, in my own experience, the most powerful and effective technique for healing cancer is Tong Ren rather than using other ways of stimulation onto the same set of points. Other healing modalities can be combined with Tong Ren Therapy to treat cancer. Very often, using Tui Na or acupuncture combined with Tong Ren makes opening of the blockages easier. Most acupuncturists have a hard time believing that Tong Ren is more powerful than the use of acupuncture needles for treating cancer. In fact, Tong Ren Therapy has successfully healed many cancer cases, whereas there has not been any report about cancers having been cured by the exclusive use of acupuncture.

There is no doubt that energy healing without mechanical stimulation can be used to treat cancer. We frequently see reports about people having been cured this way in the media. In China, many studies have reported that Chi Gong healing has cured some cancers. In the West, we know that faith healing, energy healing or religious healing have cured some cancers.

Tong Ren healing is a form of energy healing. Its power comes from the collective unconscious, which is based on the belief of a group of people. Tong Ren’s credibility is built on the experience of countless positive healing results. As a new patient hears more successful healing reports from others, they become more confident and in turn this will lead to better healing results.

It is a personal choice whether a cancer patient decides to choose chemotherapy, radiation, herbs, minerals, energy healing or other alternative therapies. Tong Ren healing does not interfere with other healing modalities. We never advise any cancer patient to stop another healing modality in order to follow ours. A patient has the right to choose any modality or combination of healing modalities.