Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)

Theory and Applications

Tam Healing And Tong Ren Therapy For Acid Reflux Disease (Gerd)

The areas and points listed below are those that may be involved diagnostically (i.e. "blocked") in those experiencing acid reflux disease (gerd). The Tom Tam / Tong Ren Therapy system is heavily focused on the scalp and huatuojiaji points along the spine.

These areas may be utilized regardless of treatment technique. That is, whether you use acupuncture, massage, qigong and/or tongren - the focus remains directed towards improving circulation in the designated areas.

For acupuncture specifically, treatments within this style would combine these areas with more traditional points based on the overall diagnosis in Chinese Medicine terms.

Acid Reflux Disease (Gerd) may involve patterns such as - liver attacking the spleen, stomach cold, stomach dampness, stomach fire among others.

Within an acupuncture session, most often qi gong, acupuncture and tuina would be applied towards the major points in the neck and spine as appropriate.

Treatment Areas of Focus - Primary

GB 8, LI 18, T6 (left), T7 (left), ST 11, ST 12

  • ViewSides of Spine at T6 (EX HUATUOJIAJI AT T6) - T6 innervates the diaphragm, used for a range of respiratory issues, asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc..  Also used for esophageal issues (more on the left side) including a supporting role in some types of reflux and other dige…
  • ViewSides of Spine at T7 (EX HUATUOJIAJI AT T7) - 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 nigh…
  • ViewValley Lead (GB 8) - Migraine, one-sided or unilateral headaches and associated nausea, vomiting a/or visual disturbances. Hangover, eases headache and harmonizes the middle jiao. In the Bronze Man this point is indicated for cold & phlegm in the Diaphragm & S…
  • ViewProtuberance Assistant (LI 18) - Window of the Sky Point for sudden loss of voice with qi obstruction in the throat. High blood pressure, for which Window of the Sky Points are sometimes indicated, may also be useful for low blood pressure. Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: …
  • ViewQi Abode (ST 11) - Local point - sore/swollen throat - counterflow qi, cough, hiccups, reflux. Neck pain - pain, inability to turn neck. Tong Ren/Tam Healing System: Main point to open the circulation of the common carotid artery.  Useful for conditions su…
  • ViewEmpty Basin (ST 12) - 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 & …

Treatment Areas of Focus - Secondary

ST 36, LV 3, PC 6, CV 13, KD 22

  • ViewUpper Venter (CV 13) - CV 13 is useful for upper warmer issues (vomiting, hiatal hernia, hiccups, epigastric pain), whereas CV 12 is useful for middle warmer issues and CV 10 is useful for lower warmer issues. Abdominal pain a/or distention, epigastic …
  • ViewCorridor Walk (KD 22) - Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing
  • ViewGreat Surge (LV 3) - Generally, resolves stagnation and tonifies Yin - balancing for all LV pathologies. LV Qi Stagnation / LV Yang Rising - headaches, dizziness, canker sores. Eye issues - blurred vision, red, swollen, painful eyes. Menstrual issues from D…
  • ViewInner Pass (PC 6) - Similar to PC 3 but more for Chronic Heart symptoms from Qi stagnation. Opens and relaxes the chest, chest tightness, asthma, angina, palpitations. Insomnia a/or other spirit disorders of an excess or deficient nature, mania, nervousness…
  • ViewLeg Three Li (ST 36) - 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. …

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