Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Depression

Theory and Applications

Tam Healing And Tong Ren Therapy For Depression

The areas and points listed below are those that may be involved diagnostically (i.e. "blocked") in those experiencing depression. 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.

Depression may involve patterns such as - blood stagnation, heart yin deficiency, kidney yin deficiency, liver fire, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency 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

C2 huatuo (Right), GB 13, SI 16

  • ViewSides of Spine at C2 (EX HUATUOJIAJI AT C2) - 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 use…
  • ViewRoot Spirit (GB 13) - Regulate Liver/GallBladder, Clear Wind, Calm the Mind. Stiff Neck, Headache. Epilepsy. Tong…
  • ViewCelestial Windows (SI 16) - 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. …

Treatment Areas of Focus - Secondary

Yintang, HT 7, LV 3, T5 huatuo (Left), Yiming

  • ViewSides of Spine at T5 (EX HUATUOJIAJI AT T5) - T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the tam healing system the left side is more for heart issues and the right is more for pericardium issues.  A range of psychoemotional issues, depression, anxiety, etc. as well as cardi…
  • ViewEye Brightening (EX YI MING) - Sleep issues - insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep.Eye Disorders.Tinnitus.
  • ViewHall of Seal (EX YINTANG) - 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.…
  • ViewSpirit Gate (HT 7) - Tonify deficiencies of the HT Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Emotional issues, especially those with related sleep or thinking manifestations - insomnia, muddled thinking. Heart and Phlegm fire leading to insomnia, anxiety, mania. Physical re…
  • 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…

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