Tong Ren Healing

Tong Ren Healing is a form of energy healing developed by Tom Tam, while he was practicing acupuncture in the Boston area. Tong Ren is a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies. It relies on Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as Western diagnostics, and combines them with the Eastern concept of maintaining a healthy flow of “chi,” or life force, to maintain health. Many people come for treatment after being diagnosed by a medical doctor, and many conditions that do not respond well to Western medicine respond positively to Tong Ren Healing.

While practicing acupuncture, Tom observed that many people with the same diagnoses had blockages in the same areas of their bodies. Those observations led him to develop the Tong Ren system of points that we use to release blockages. In Tong Ren, we believe there can be energy blockages in the blood flow, nerve flow, or bioelectrical energy in the body, and that these blockages eventually lead to a state of disease. The goal of Tong Ren is to open and remove the blockages so the body can heal itself. Blockages create resistance, causing the body to function less than perfectly. As the blockages grow, our health deteriorates.

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Tong Ren is also based on Jung’s theory of the “collective unconscious,” and is believed to draw its energy from this source. It can be used at a distance as well as in person. Each practitioner contributes to the collective unconscious, so as the belief system has grown, so has the power of the healing available. We use an acupuncture doll as a tool that serves as an energetic representation of the body and a magnetic hammer used to tap on the doll to direct the chi and open energy blockages. People frequently respond with certain sensations, some of which can be physically seen. One of the most common responses is for the skin tone to visibly change during treatment, so one can actually see something is changing. Other responses may include tingling, heaviness, warmth, or a sense of relaxation.

Anyone interested in experiencing Tong Ren is welcome to attend one of the group sessions. Many groups are offered on a donation basis, making it readily available to everyone who would like to participate. Tong Ren is also available via Webcast and through Conference Calls. Many practitioners also offer private sessions.

More information can be found at You will also find listings of the Webcasts with links to access them, and Conference Call information located there.


Lea Tam Acupuncture Center
200 Lincoln St Suite 301
Boston MA 02111


Lea Tam Acupuncture Center
85 Essex St 2nd Floor
Haverhill MA 01832


Tam Healing Center
300 Congress St Suite 312
Quincy MA 02169