Tong Ren Therapy
Energy Healing for Cancer and other
The Tong Ren Therapy system was developed by
Tom Tam, a
prominent Boston area acupuncturist and healer. It has 2 basic
Individual Energy Healing Treatments
Group Healing Treatments - "Guineau Pig or Group Healing"
There are Healing Classes now located in many parts
of the world. (Click here for locations).
Tong Ren Therapy has proven helpful in a wide range
of cases, including many conditions that are difficult to treat such as
Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes and Parkinson's Disease.
The Tong Ren Therapy system is part of the larger
Tom Tam Healing
System which can also use acupuncture, qi gong and tuina for
healing. The system is based on Tom's clinical practice and research of
over 20 years and utilizes both western and eastern medical thought.
Below are common questions and answers with regards to the Tong Ren
Healing System as well as the "Guinea Pig Healing Classes." If you have
any questions that are not answered below, feel free to
Offer and Discuss
Tong Ren Therapy Information
is Tong Ren Energy Healing?
Tong Ren energy healing is a therapy for internally healing a patient's
energy system by using the collective unconscious, as defined by Dr.
Carl Jung, for internally accessing that energy system, and removing
blockage which causes disease.
The primary goal of the healing system, remove the
blockage which interferes with the proper functioning of the
body. Certain blockages in specific areas, indicate the area to be
treated. This can be done in the individual setting or the class group
can I get the most out of the Guinea Pig Class?
The Tong Ren energy healing is an effective method for healing people
with cancer and other serious illnesses. In the winter of 2001, Tom Tam,
the founder, successfully healed a client with lung cancer by using
energy healing exclusively. After that, Tom did in9idvidual treatments
and also set up a healing class for cancer patients and, at the same
time, took the opportunity to train his students in this healing
technique. By February 2002, the first healing class began. During the
next three years, more than 2200 people have attended the Guinea Pig
healing classes. As of late, the class has drawn people with diseases
such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Parkinson Disease, Rheumatoid
Arthritis, Lyme Disease, RSD, and HIV/AIDS - to name a few. People
regularly come from other states and other countries to attend the
do we call it the "Guinea Pig" Healing Class?
Chinese custom believes that when you have found a lucky name you never
change it. In the beginning, when practicing Tong Ren healing, new
methods were tried for healing the most difficult cases. Patients were
told that they would be part of a "Guinea Pig" class. After the patients
in the class received the "Chi" energy healing, many success stories
began to surface and we saw dramatic results week by week. The name
"Guinea Pig" class became a lucky symbol to Tom, his students and the
patients. So it remains "Guinea Pig class" to this day!
are Guinea Pig Healing Classes?
Guinea Pig classes are group-healing sessions using Tong Ren therapy.
Currently, in Massachusetts, Tom's classes are held four times a week at
different locations to aid patient access. The classes typically serve
sixty or more patients each session and take an average of one minute
per patient. The patients are seated facing Tom and a group of
assistants. Tom has an interactive dialog with each patient to determine
the patient's diagnosis and condition. Tom then determines the treatment
points to be addressed for the patient and Tom and his assistants direct
their activity to accessing the collective unconscious and applying
energy to the treatment points. Patient contact and even close proximity
to the patient are not required. During each patient's therapy, Tom
typically asks the patient for his or her current condition and any
sensations he or she may feel. Tom determines the length of time that
treatment is directed to each patient, and then moves on to the next
The Guinea Pig classes utilize Tom Tam's Healing System. The basis of
energy healing is that energy removes blockages in the body that cause
illness. Removal of these blockages restores the natural flow of 'Chi'
energy so that the body naturally corrects itself and therefore
functions properly and heals.
In the "Guinea Pig" class, Tong Ren energy healing does not come from
Tom alone. Tom believes that "Chi is energy, which is created in the
universe and can be used to create healing." This universal Chi is
accessed through the collective unconscious, and Tom's experience shows
that the practitioner's belief in the effectiveness of Tong Ren healing
is a key element enabling access by the practitioner to the collective
Based on the people who have attended class during the last three years,
more then 90 percent of these people are alive and remain hopeful. Many
of the patients that were considered seriously ill and hopeless have
returned to living a normal life, and many patients have been able to
resume their employment.
is Chi or Qi?
Chi or Qi is a very well understood concept that has been empirically
documented in China for approximately 5,000 years. In Western culture,
Chi is probably best understood by university researchers working on
non-local effects in sub-atomic physics. These studies validate the
concept that Chi is the fundamental magneto-electric field in the
universe. In our bodies, Chi is equivalent to bioelectricity, which is
essential for maintaining healthy nerve impulses that are required for
nourishing cells so they can self-repair. In the Guinea Pig class, we
focus this energy via the collective unconscious to release blockages
that cause illness. Simply said, when Chi flows freely then the body
Many cultures have their own energy healing methods and theories. In
China, the most popular energy healing method is called Chi Gong
healing. The Chi Gong master uses his Chi to heal others. To become a
Chi Gong healing master usually requires many years of study and
does Tong Ren Healing use Chi?
As mentioned, universal Chi is accessed through the collective
unconscious. In the Guinea Pig class, the energy used is not from Chi
Gong practice. It is based on belief being a power unto itself. As a
collective belief it creates the collective unconsciousness that is the
source of healing energy.
It is believed that as our awareness of and research on the positive
results of Chi energy healing grows, not only from the healing class but
also through the results seen in participants from previous classes, Chi
energy will build and become more powerful and effective. Based on his
clinical experience and practice over the past twenty years, Tom
believes that the increasing number of people healed using Chi energy
methods, will further ingrain Chi healing in our collective unconscious
and thereby further improve treatment results. Thus, confidence
grows-through observing the positive results seen in hundreds of people
as they heal from serious illnesses by practicing the Tom Tam Healing
Tom is studying how the growth of the collective unconscious impacts the
confidence of the healing practice and how the results intensify the
power (the bioelectricity) of the Chi to release blockages more
Can the Guinea Pig Class
really cure my problem?
Results of any healing modality are never guaranteed. However, we often
see symptomatic improvement with patients during the healing class. They
report feeling better and being less symptomatic. They feel a "release"
and say they feel that they are "getting better."
Over time, the vast majority of patients have reported significant
There are patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, yet they do not
feel any discomfort and generally enjoy their life. Many people report
that after they attend the Guinea Pig class the cancer is gone according
to medical tests. However, the doctor will often want the patient to
continue chemotherapy or radiation.
can I know that the Class is healing my illness?
A patient's medical tests determine the standard for diagnosis and for
healing. Most of the people who join the class have a serious medical
problem. They have seen several doctors or healers, yet their problems
are still the same or worse. During the class, many people can feel
their pain or symptoms abate, but this does not mean their problem has
Over time, patients often report that their improvements have been
proven by medical tests. Some results have been so dramatic that
patients report that their doctors credit it to a miracle or blame
faulty medical tests and even misdiagnosis.
I tell my doctor that I joined the Guinea Pig Class?
Nothing about how a patient is healing should be hidden from a doctor or
any healer. It is important that the doctor knows what a patient has
been doing to heal. Most of the patients share their experience in the
healing class with their doctor. It doesn't matter if the doctor
believes or not; the doctor should know the truth.
With cancer, it is very important to tell the doctor that energy healing
was used to heal. Some doctors believe in energy healing for cancer, but
most do not. However, as more and more physicians see the results of the
energy healing, their opinions will change and more patients will be
I keep taking my medication after I join the Class?
It is the responsibility of the patient and his/her physician to
determine the necessity for medication and whether or not to continue
taking medication. The physician is the expert and, along with input
from the patient, this decision should be made between doctor and
patient - this is not for anyone else to decide. In some cases,
attention must be paid to the type of medicine a patient is taking. For
instance, after a healing class a diabetic patient's blood sugar may
drop significantly, even to normal levels. Therefore, the patient must
check the levels before using insulin, and diabetic patients are always
advised to do so in Tong Ren therapy.
This is also the case for patients with emphysema. It is advised that
they check their oxygen levels because Tong Ren therapy can cause an
observable change in oxygen levels. The patient is encouraged to
continue to carry an oxygen tank in case of an emergency. They should
also advise their own doctor of the changes. This also applies to the
asthma patient. Even though their breathing improves or goes back to
normal, they should carry their inhaler unless advised differently by
will I do in the Class?
Patients are only asked to do nothing in the class - just sit, relax and
quietly receive the healing energy. There is no special diet, exercise
or religious beliefs required to practice Tong Ren.
During the class, participants are completely free to do what they want
as long as they are not interfering with others. This is not a support
group, however many people like to share their stories. Many people
arrive early to class and talk to others or stay longer to share their
Some people attend the class to support a friend or family member. They
sit in the room, watch and listen. During the class, everyone has the
right to receive or refuse the energy treatment. Several family members
have taken Tong Ren training so they can continue treatment of their
loved ones at home.
should I feel during the healing section of the Class?
Most of the patients report that they feel warmth or heat, first in
their face. This warmth or heat is, according to Chinese belief, the Chi
moving through the body. The Chi typically moves down from the head to
the arm to the palm of the hand. Some may feel tingling in the hands or
in their feet. Some people report feeling their body becoming lighter
and some may feel their body becoming heavy and cannot move. All of
these feelings are the Chi movement. Some times people cry in an
emotional release. After they cry, most of these people can feel how
much has been released.
In the class, some of the breast cancer patients have felt their tumor
shrink, soften or disappear.
Tong Ren Healing safe?
When practicing Tong Ren, there is no physical contact between the
healer and the patient. It is not transformed into any form of chemical,
so it won't cause any chemical side effects or chemically interfere with
the medicine patients are taking. Tong Ren is a form of energy healing.
Patients may say that they feel tired. In fact, this fatigue is result
of relaxation. When the body is in the healing state, brain waves may
slow down to let the body focus on energy to heal the disease.
In China, Chi Gong healing is only dangerous to the healer not the
patients. When the Chi Gong healer or Master overuses his Chi, it may
cause a side effect called "running fire." To avoid running fire, the
Chi Gong practitioner must be well trained. With Tong Ren healing, it is
believed that the energy or Chi comes from the collective unconscious.
As more people practice Tong Ren healing, the stronger the healing force
becomes, so that practitioners will not get running fire. Many students
feel that the more they practice Tong Ren, the stronger they feel.
During the practice, all the people in the class will become part of the
collective unconscious state and therefore benefit from the healing
I don't have a serious problem, may I still join the Class?
Anyone can participate in the class. Chinese healing theory believes
that the best healer heals the disease before it presents itself. In the
Guinea Pig class, the basic theory is to create the healing power from
the collective unconscious. When people sit in the class, they are
already part of the collective consciousness and the energy field of the
collective unconsciousness. During the class everyone benefits from the
the patient is healed, should they still come to the Class?
In some cases, when symptoms are gone, the illness may be gone. In other
cases when tests results are normal, it doesn't mean the disease is
gone. For instance with cancer, when the MRI shows nothing, it doesn't
mean the patient is completely cancer-free. Even if the test "looks"
normal, it still takes a few more years to know for sure. To prevent
cancer from returning, it is advisable to continue with the class, even
if the patient comes only once in a while.
Very often it happens in the healing class that a cancer patient is
healed according to doctor's report and the patient never comes back to
class until there is a reoccurrence. Patients have also come back to
learn Tong Ren and to participate in the healing class as a
I have to believe in "Chi" or its power to heal?
No. Just being open to the experience is enough. The results are proof.
Infants and pets have been treated with excellent results. Patients do
not have to believe in the practice. However, when the patient doesn't
believe in energy healing and rejects Tong Ren, it is not beneficial
because rejection is also energy.
In the Guinea Pig class, patients and Tong Ren practitioners are not
required to practice Chi Gong or Tai Chi. However if any one chooses to,
there is no doubt that they will benefit.
may Tong Ren benefit the late stage Cancer patient?
In healing, we never give up on any illness. We treat all sickness, no
matter what stage or condition. Where there is life, there is hope. In
fact in our Guinea Pig class, most cancer patients are at stage 3 or 4.
When cancer patients are in the early stages, it is difficult for them
to believe in our methods. Most early stage cancer patients pay full
attention to traditional Western healing. When medical doctors give up
and tell their patient their case is hopeless, a patient is more likely
to seek another method of healing.
Of course, any illness discovered early is easier to heal. But no matter
what the stage, a patient after a Guinea Pig class will feel more
relaxed and energetic. It means the life quality has changed for the
better. Even in the late stages of cancer, many people in our class feel
that pain eases or the body functions improve. During some of our
classes, some patients become symptom - free. If the patient is
symptom-free, then the tumor is under control, according to medical
science and its healing standards. We have seen many difficult cases in
our Guinea Pig classes where the patients become symptom-free or
tumor-free. It is a true miracle in this modern time.
When some patients become symptom free and the tumor is under control or
gone, they continue to enjoy the class for a longer time of healing.
Some return to their doctor for a new chemo clinical trial and suffer
the effects of chemo again. During our class, we never advise or counsel
people as to what they should choose for treatment, because it is a
personal question that an individual must answer. Each patient in our
class has free will. We do not want anyone to have the "white lab coat
syndrome" in the Guinea Pig class.
is the difference between Tong Ren and other forms of energy healing?
Every style and method of energy healing has its own theory to support
its practice. Of course, Tong Ren also has its own premise for
understanding energy. The big difference between Tong Ren healing and
other modes of energy healing is the theory of the blockage. According
to Tong Ren philosophy, it is the blockage of energy that causes the
problem. Each physical or psychological problem is related to a
blockage. There is no mystery and no religion associated with Tong Ren,
since more often than not, as a physical blockage builds it can be
detected and felt physically. Different physical and psychological
illnesses have different blockages. When we can find the blockage, the
healing rate increases drastically, and the healing range becomes much
wider. Finding the blockage differs from other energy healing, in both
Western and Eastern systems. Tong Ren finds neurological, vascular,
hormonal, chemical and electrical roots to various problems instead of
just treating the problem where it occurs. Practitioners and patients
alike learn these crucial details and they are stored in the collective
unconsciousness, creating an intricate and powerful way of healing.
Tong Ren Therapy the same as Chi Gong healing?
Tong Ren Therapy is not the same as Chi Gong helaing. The basis for the
theory of medical Chi Gong practice is Traditional Chinese Medicine,
including yin and yang theory, five elements, meridians, acupuncture
points, etc. The basis for Tong Ren healing theory is modern anatomy,
physiology, psychology and science. In China, there are so many
different styles of Chi Gong practice. Chi Gong healing has a very wide
and unclear meaning. Also, any healing using Chi is called Chi Gong
healing in China. However, there are more than a thousand different
styles of Chi Gong forms in China. Chi Gong healers or Chi Gong masters
are required to practice their own Chi Gong form to build up the Chi
before the healing. According to Chi Gong theory, a Chi Gong healer's
Chi is stored in the Dan Tien, which is located in the abdomen. Chi Gong
healers need to build up their Chi to fill up their Dan Tien before the
healing. If the healer's Dan Tien is not filled up, it may cause a
dangerous side effect to the practitioner, which in China is called
"Running Fire." In Chi Gong healing, the Chi stored in the Dan Tien is
restricted, limiting the extent and duration of the healing and the
number of patients that can be treated. No matter how powerful the Chi
Gong masters are, the Chi is still from their own Dan Tien only. In Tong
Ren healing, it does not matter how weak or strong the practitioners
are, because the energy is connected to the collective unconscious,
which is unlimited.
Tong Ren healers or therapists are never required to practice any form
of Chi Gong or internal exercise. Tong Ren healing believes that the
source of Chi is not from the Dan Tien, but rather from the strong power
of belief that has been stored in the unconsciousness. The strong power
of belief is established from thousands of cases of amazing healings,
not merely brainwashing or blind following.
During the Chi Gong healing or Chi Gong practice, the Chi Gong healer's
mind needs intense focusing, which is from their consciousness. A Tong
Ren therapist's mind is from the power of belief, which is from the
established collective unconsciousness; it never needs focusing from the
consciousness. The collective unconscious is the merger of many
individual's unconscious. The Chi of Tong Ren is from the collective
unconsciousness, which is multi-dimensional. As more people believe, it
will build more powerful healing Chi. Tong Ren's healing Chi is
unlimited because the collective unconscious of Tong Ren is connected to
the super consciousness.
Tong Ren interfere with chemotherapy or radiation?
There is no need to be afraid that Tong Ren healing interferes with
other therapies. In fact, there is a report from Harvard Medical School
that acupuncture lessens the negative side effects of chemotherapy and
radiation. Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center and the Cancer Hospital, at Fudan University in Shanghai, China
have received a $263,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to
establish an international center investigating the benefits of some
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments for cancer patients. (News
letter from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 03/08/04)
In China, the most popular way to treat cancer is Chinese herbs and Chi
Gong, but not chemo and radiation. Many Chinese in America heal their
cancer by using a combination of Chinese and Western method. In America,
some hospitals have begun Chi Gong classes for cancer patients. Many
cancer patients use different herbs, mineral diets, prayer or energy
healing for healing cancer. No one is afraid of the interference with
these other methods.
It is confusing to consider the interference of chemo and radiation.
Taking chemo or radiation has a high risk in healing because this
healing treatment kills both good and bad cells. We never hear that
energy healing kills good cells. In fact, we should be considering or
asking whether chemotherapy or radiation interferes with Tong Ren.
often can I use the Tong Ren for healing?
Our Guinea Pig classes are in various locations. Each location has one
or two classes per week. For some patients, once a week is not enough to
treat their serious problem. They may need more. In our class, if you
want more treatments with Tong Ren healing, you can talk to the students
or instructor in the class; we are willing to help all people who need
Some cancers require more frequent treatments. Additional sessions can
be arranged to stop cancer cells from spreading. Tong Ren theory
believes that cancer cells are formed from blockages that cause a low
voltage of bioelectricity. When the bioelectricity is corrected back to
normal, the cancer cell can be reversed into a normal cell. To heal
cancer cells, a correction in bioelectricity or energy must be made to
make it faster than the spreading cancer cells. If the intervals between
treatments are too long, the cancer cells may spread faster than the
Tong Ren healing is a form of energy healing. The more you do, the
greater the benefit. It is similar to a battery that needs time to
finish charging. In China when a patient uses Chi Gong healing for
treating a serious problem, they must practice Chi Gong every day. Tong
Ren healing is like Chi Gong practice. You can never do too much, only
not enough. If you like to use Tong Ren therapy, you can do it as
frequently as two to three times a week, or even daily.
It is advised that patients attend class weekly or, and if that
is not possible, at least once a month even, if their disease
has gone into remission or disappeared. Getting "recharged" with
Chi regularly keeps the "engine" of your body tuned-up. Other
ways to keep up with the Tong Ren healing are:
1. Use the acupuncture model/doll daily, even if only for five
2. Speak with a couple of others in the Guinea Pig class,
supporting each other by staying in touch between classes and
doing Tong Ren healing on each other over the phone.
3. Accompany each other on medical visits when the visit
requires important decisions or further medical intervention. It
is important to be "patient-advocates" for each other. It is
helpful to question the risks of any medical treatment and to
explain the progress of our healing through the use of Tong Ren,
the Tom Tam Healing System and the Guinea Pig healing class.
This is a crucial step for educating doctors about the
effectiveness of Tong Ren healing in thousands of cases, for
prolonging lives and for improving the quality of those lives.
can I learn your healing system?
Anyone can learn Tong Ren healing with or without any prior
knowledge. Most students learned Tong Ren healing from being
patients. If you are interested in learning Tong Ren healing,
any student or practitioner will be willing to share his or her
knowledge of Tong Ren healing with you. Sharing the knowledge is
important for building the collective unconscious.
You can find books and other Tong Ren related information and
supplies in the
Tom Tam Book Store.
To see if there are Tong Ren Therapy classes in your area, see
class locations list.