Tong Ren Workshop by Janice Goldman

Wednesday, February 9th at 6pm in 56-154

Tong Ren is a modality of complementary health care that brings together the wisdom of the eastern tradition of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the western sciences of anatomy and physiology. Tong Ren was developed by Chinese acupuncturist and chi gong master Tom Tam, who has practiced acupuncture in the Boston area for nearly 30 years. During this time, Tom Tam has engaged an inductive theory building approach to healing a wide range of illnesses and disease, including cancer, diabetes, autoimmune, stroke, brain tumors, and depressive disorders, among others. An overview of the theory of Tong Ren will be presented, and its broad diffusion as a model of complementary health care will be discussed. In addition, there will be a demonstration of Tong Ren as it is practiced in classes, as well as an explanation of the organizational principles that distinguise this model and make it accessible.

About the Speaker

Dr. Janice Goldman is a faculty member at the College of Management/Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She graduated from MIT in 2005 from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Course 11. Dr. Goldman's research is based in the discipline of organizational sociology, and her research focuses on organizational reform and change. This lens into society has made it possible to extend her research across several sectors of society, and includes the study of complementary medicine. Her research into Tong Ren is multi-fold. As a participant/observer of this model of complementary medicine for ten years, Dr. Goldman is now writing about both the theory of this east-west model, as well as its diffusion as a potential new form of health care delivery.