30. November 2017 · Comments Off on The Simple, Effective, And Safe Use Of Gua Sha Therapy Are Some Of Its Greatest Advantages · Categories: Acupuncture

Gua sha therapy or scraping therapy in Vancouver has a very long history and started out as a folk medicinal type of technique. In the Yuan Dynasty, a physician named Wei Yi Lin wrote a book called the Effective Formulas Handed Down for Generations. The book advised to “Scrape the surface of the wrist, knee, elbow, and neck with wet hemp until there is minimal bleeding of the skin. Cover with quilts and thick clothes the body and then provide the patient with fresh Chinese onion tea, fermented soybean and Chinese green onion decoction. This is an extremely effective way of relaxing and loosening the skin. ”

This book is a methodical description of gua sha therapy. The procedure is to scrape the skin surface on certain areas of the body to open up the pores in order to eliminate the pathological evils for the treatment of ailments and illnesses.

After scraping, there should be miliary bleeding beneath the skin in various levels. Gua sha therapy has been used as a folk medicine method minus the theoretical methodical basis. It is generally performed in the case of leg, back, or shoulder pain, acute entero-gastritis, heat strokes, fever, and common colds, among many others.

The tools used in gua sha therapy are materials with smooth edges, such as buffalo horn, jade tool, bamboo plates, silver coins, and chinaware smoothened with vegetable oil, alcohol, or water.

However, along with the amassing of medical knowledge and the advancement of modern medical science, the ancient folk medicine of gua sha therapy slowly lost its popularity, except in rural regions where that was a shortage of modern medical care. It is still used to address simple illnesses and ailments in those places.

In modern times, while people are benefiting from good health and the luxuries of civilization made possible by new medical skills and the latest advances in technology, they also are being damaged by the effects of chemical medications, ecological imbalance, and environmental pollution.

Based on a report released by the Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Center of the Health Ministry of China, among hospitalized patients in recent years, there have been about 191,000 deaths each year due to negative drug side effects. Deaths related to medications are ten times greater than the number of deaths caused by infectious diseases in China.

All this information has led to a new quandary in medical treatment. People are becoming aware that a more serious crisis occurs as techniques become more advanced. As a result, medical workers are compelled to seek natural modes of treatment over conventional medicine as the new medical therapies. In relation to this, Gua sha therapy or scraping therapy is being more and more considered due to its simple application, zero side effects, and well-known effectiveness.

30. November 2017 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Is A Prime Example Of Chinese Heritage And Culture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The system of Chinese Movements related with mental peace and health other than physical fitness has a very long history that goes as far back as 2,500 years ago. Tai Chi was created to provide human beings with a peaceful life and keep them healthy. This type of physical meditation has movements that have been developed by several ancient dynasties of China.

The art of Tai Chi Chuan was initially developed by Chan San Feng that was then continued by Chang Sung Chi. The forms of Tai Chi were made by Chen Chou Tung and Wang Chung Yuet for which they established the Southern School of Tai Chi while the Northern School was founded by Chiang Fe. Some of the forms and movements related to with Tai Chi were also developed by Cheng Yung Heng. The old Tai Chi school was founded in 1771 by Chen Yau Pun while Tai Chi Chen Gen Yur was founded by Cheng Chang Hsing. Sometime after, the Yang School for Tai Chi was established by Yang Lu-Chan.

It is also worth mentioning that the legendary founder of Tai Chi was a monk from the Wu Tang Monastery. The basic “thirteen postures” of Tai Chi was developed by Yin Yang. In 1600 B.C., Taoism was born.

The emperor Fu Hsi Huang Ti and great philosophers of the Han dynasty periods like Chang Tsu and Lao Tsu have also contributed significantly to the development of Tai Chi. Wang Ching Yuch and Feng of the Ming and Sung dynasty as well as Yang Lu Chan of Ching dynasty have been greatly responsible for the increase of popularity and the improvement of the forms and movements of Tai Chi. In Liand and Cheng-Mang Ching during the modern era have been mainly responsible for the upkeep of this glorious and ancient art of China. All the Chinese emperors are chronologically responsible for the key progress of Tai Chi. This type of physical meditation is not only a way to mental peace and physical growth it is the culture of China itself, as a whole. It is a prime example of Chinese heritage and culture.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

23. November 2017 · Comments Off on Diet And Nutritional Evaluation In Chinese Nutritional Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine

Diet is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that plays an important role in treating health conditions. Chinese herbs and other natural foods are made out of various healing attributes that can be utilized to address a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. Each food in Chinese nutritional therapy is made up of certain elements that include:

• Indications (illnesses it can resolve)
• Actions (its effects on the body)
• Flavor (neutral, pungent, salty, bitter, sour, or sweet)
• Thermal quality (hot, warm, neutral, cool, or cold)

Foods are recommended depending on the specific needs of the person and on Chinese diagnosis results based on the abovementioned elements. Meal planning, how food is combined, how food is prepared, and the quality of food that is eaten are the other essential elements comprising Chinese nutritional therapy.

What you will learn in your Nutritional Evaluation?

In Chinese nutritional therapy, a nutritional evaluation is usually done along with the therapy. During your first meeting with a Chinese nutritional therapist, you will be provided with a Six Day Food Diary that you need to complete. Your therapist will evaluate this diary and afterwards another appointment will be planned to go through the assessment. The assessment may take an hour after which all information will be provided to you. Some of the information you will be given include:

1. The proportion and foods that are eaten daily
2. Food combinations that improve digestion
3. Supplement recommendations
4. Sample menus
5. Food preparation
6. Foods to avoid
7. Foods to include in your diet
8. Healthy recipes

Maintaining Health through Diet

Once treatment is completed, Chinese Nutritional Therapy will be the bedrock that will help sustain the gains you achieved. Its aim is to empower and educate people to maintain their health in an enjoyable and natural way minus the need for over-the-counter medications and pharmaceuticals.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy Can Treat The Following Conditions:

• Weight gain
• Type 2 diabetes
• Pre-menstrual syndrome
• Migraines
• Menopause
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Irregular cycles
• Insomnia
• Infertility
• Hypoglycemia
• Hyperlipidemia
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Chronic pain conditions
• Auto-immune disorders
• Anemia
• Allergies

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

23. November 2017 · Comments Off on Five Chinese Soups That Can Help Reduce High Blood Pressure · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Foods that help lower blood pressure obviously are beneficial for people suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension. Chinese soups that contain carrot, spinach, wolfberry leaves, and celery are some of these beneficial diets.

Patients with hypertension are advised by their doctors to make modifications to their diet to regulate their high blood pressure before they begin prescribing long-term drugs.

The usual dietary modification doctors recommend include:

➢ Avoid tobacco and alcohol
➢ Consume foods rich in calcium and potassium and shun foods high in sodium
➢ Minimize the intake of salt

If you’re used to eating well-seasoned foods, you may be required rather tasteless and bland food. However, Chinese soups that are well-simmered Chinese soups are very flavorsome and just require a pinch of salt to boost its flavor.

When it comes to ingredients, soups can be quite versatile. Foods high in calcium and potassium and low in sodium should be selected. Soups that have plenty of vegetables can also promote healthy bowel movement that’s known to help normalize blood pressure.

Foods that reduce blood pressure can even benefit patients that are already on medical treatments.

It goes without saying that not all Chinese soups are appropriate for people suffering from hypertension. Eat vegetable and fish soups and stay away from soups with stocks made from bones and beef soups.

If you’re treating your high blood pressure by taking blood thinners, do not eat foods or soups that contain dang gui or angelica root.

The following is a list Chinese soups that can help lower your blood pressure

1. Red dates with Celery tea – Celery is widely known as an ideal food that can lower high blood pressure.


Water 2 liters
Red dates 50 grams
Celery 200 grams


Wash and clean the red dates and celery
Slice the celery into small cuts
Put all the ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for half an hour
Drink the tea many times a day

2. Soup with wolfberry leaves and fish – Goji or wolfberry leaves are nutritiously rich and are very good to the liver. If you’re liver is healthy, it is beneficial to your blood pressure.


Sesame seed oil, pepper, and salt
Three slices of ginger
Celery 120 grams
Wolfberry leaves 250 grams
White fish fillet 60 grams


Clean the wolfberry leaves and celery with water, take out the leaves from the stems
Take out the leaves and roots of the celery, slice into small cuts
Rinse fish fillet and cut into thin slices
Use ginger, sesame seed oil, and a pinch of salt to season the fish lightly
The wolfberry stems are tied into a bunch and places in a stock pot
Add two liters of water and boil
Reduce heat to medium heat and allow it to simmer for twenty minutes
Take out the wolfberry stems and include the wolfberry and celery leaves
Cook for around ten minutes, include the fish slices and cook the fish till it’s done
Lightly season the dish with pepper and salt prior to serving

3. Century egg and spinach congee – This congee is an ideal diet for people suffering from hypertension who have been advised to watch their diet. How much water you put in the congees will be based on the consistency you desire.


White rice 50 grams
1 century egg
Spinach 50 grams


Cut the century egg into very small slices
Wash the spinach with water and slice into bite-sized cuts
Wash the rice
Put the century egg, spinach, and rice, in a big pot
Add water boil
Before serving season the congee with a pinch of salt

4. Rice celery rice porridge – This porridge is ideal diet for people suffering from coronary heart disease or high blood pressure.


Water 10 cups
Pepper and salt
Celery 120 grams
White rice 250 grams


Wash and slice celery into cubes (bite-sized)
Wash rice and put in a pot along with the celery
Add water and boil well
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the congee has a medium consistency
Add pepper and salt

5. Apple with celery tea – Take this recipe if you are easily excitable and suffer from symptoms such as flushed cheeks and headaches.


Water 2 liters
Two Apples
Celery 250 grams


Wash apples and celery
Slice the celery into smaller cuts
Put the celery in a pot of water and boil for a couple of minutes
Juice the partially boiled celery along with the apples
Drink the juice in a glass of water two times a day

Aside from celery and spinach, people with indigestion and high blood pressure can also benefit by eating carrot porridge.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on The Cosmetic Benefits Of An Acupressure Facelift Procedure · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

All people have a desire to remain youthful and young looking. There are lots of expensive potions, lotions, and creams on the market that allege to help us attain this. Another thing to consider is plastic surgery. However, most of us cannot afford this and most don’t have the luxury of time to heal from the surgery. One very practical and very economical way to smooth, firm, and tone your face is through an acupressure facelift procedure. If done every day and correctly, it will lead to a return of a youthful appearance.

Utilizing several pressure points on the face and facial exercises, acupressure facelift is performed everyday in just a few minutes and delivers really incredible results. For thousands of years, this technique has been regularly practiced in China. This is the reason why a lot of Asian women possess such beautiful skin.

Some acupressure specialists have devised their own unique ways of administering an acupressure facelift exercise routine. They can assist you into incorporating it into your daily skin care program. Acupressure facelift is a natural facelift procedure that is designed to revitalize and tone your facial muscles without the need for painful and expensive plastic surgery. As you may have guessed, these facial exercises are not quick fix answers; nevertheless, they can bring about a positive difference that is very natural to the eyes enhancing your facial skin tone and contributing to a facial appearance that will look much younger than your true physical age.

Getting Started

The palms of the hands and balls of the fingertips are the only tools you need to do the exercises. Bear pressure to the acupressure points on the face in the facial exercise routine. Use gentle but firm pressure. The pressure should not be painful although it may be a bit uncomfortable.

Certain acupoints on your face may feel some sensitivity. You are likely hitting the correct locations of the acupoints if you feel tenderness in those spots. The spots will become less sensitive after regularly performing this acupressure routine. This acupressure exercise is designed to prevent wrinkles, clean your complexion, and stimulate your skin.

Wash and dry your hands. Put your palms together and rub them rapidly to and fro and back and forth for about 40 times. When your palms start to become warm, this means the flow of Chi energy in the palms is flowing vigorously. Chi means life force energy in Chinese. According to these people, the development of wrinkles is actually the result of slow flowing or stagnant Chi.

Next, put your hands on your face in a manner that your fingers are close to the bridge of your nose. Then move your hands in a cyclical motion moving them upward as you go. Your fingertips should move over your forehead as your hands move upward, now start to move the fingertips in a downward motion while your thumbs go over your ears. Redo this procedure once more, beginning at the chin, moving the fingertips through the side of your nose, eyes, and past the forehead. Move your fingertips through the hairline when you reach the apex of your forehead, then through the ears and down to the chin. Gently do this washing movement on your face 37 times.

Begin at the chin once more, and move across the nose, through the eyes and forehead, alongside the hairline, along the ears, and then returning again to the chin. For 37 times, perform this sweeping movement over your face lightly.

Doing this routine every day will enable your Chi energy to rebalance your facial skin, preventing it from aging. This technique can also enhance the efficacy of any topical creams you are currently using to help slow down the aging process.

If you want a younger and healthy looking skin, you don’t need to go under the knife. An everyday acupressure facelift routine can provide you with the same amazing results as surgery safely, naturally and in an extremely less expensive way.

Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness
20 Pondmeadow Dr #107
Reading, MA 01867
(781) 944-3000

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on Tuina And Acupuncture Work Together To Bring About Chi Balance In A Holistic Manner · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Gleaned from two Chinese words Tui (to push) and Na (to clutch), Tuina is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves manipulation and clinical massage. In China today, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a standard medical system that is used side by side with Western medicine helping provide the healthcare needs of the vast population of China.

Practically every TCM hospital in China practices Tuina, which is one of the three branches of traditional medicine practiced in that enormous country. The other branches are herbal medicine and acupuncture, both of which are much older than Tuina. According to the Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine written 2,300 years ago, Tuina had already developed into the highly advanced system it is today. The proof of its efficiency is its extreme popularity to the Chinese people even today as a go to treatment for the relief or management of chronic pain.

Another Theory

Tuina, like acupuncture, is grounded on classical Chinese medical theory. This implies its priority is in wholeness and function. The human body is seen as complete and it is only healthy if the different internal energies (called “Chi”) remain properly balanced. Pain and illness will manifest at just the slightest disruption to the distribution and movement of chi.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the body has a grid system within itself that controls and contains the flow of chi. As far back as 2,500 years ago bronze figures with two unpaired and twelve paired meridians or channels imprinted on their surfaces already existed. Even at this time, the Chinese were aware of this grid-system in the human body and had not only mapped with pinpoint precision the correct locations of each meridian but also determined the exact location of 300 plus acupuncture points along them. Utilizing extremely sensitive measuring devices, scientists have recently been able to map the pathway of each meridian (energy channel) and position every acupoint along it. Amazingly, these have verified the accuracy of the maps of the energy channels mentioned in the Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine!

These energy channels can be compared to ocean currents that have direction and position but no discernible physical boundaries. They cannot be unveiled by dissection or surgery and do not accurately follow muscles, blood vessels, or nerves. The theory associates each of the paired energy channels or meridians to one of the important TCM organ systems to which it is named after (i.e., heart meridian, spleen meridian, etc.). These organs systems also include a meridian channel (Sanjiao) that has no comparison in Western medicine. Usually, the function attributed to an organ is pretty much different from that of the organ (in Western medicine) holding the same name. For example, the “heart,” is presumed to be the place where the mind resides and the “lung” the organ responsible for the health of the hair and skin as it controls the transport of chi to them.

The Treatment

A person undergoing Tuina is not required to undress. He/she is told to lie or seat on a massage couch. Chinese practitioners dub all techniques as “manipulations” but for the sake of clarity, this description will refer to techniques applied to movable joints. Other methods that treat soft tissues are called “massage” techniques although many widely differ from those used in the likes of aromatherapy and Swedish massage.

The objective of Tuina is to apply pressure and movement to promote the movement of chi within the meridians and to govern this movement through deep stimulation of germane acupoints. Tuina and acupressure are not the same. Acupressure applies static deep pressure to acupoints, while in Tuina practitioners exploit various kinds of procedures that are meant to focus pressure with movement both into the acupoints and along the meridians. One of the unique aspects of this massage is the subtle variation of force and direction applied on each point.

In order for tuina to be successful in removing blockages in chi and promoting the movement of this vital energy, the tissues themselves needs to be receptive to the distribution of chi. Procedures applied on the soft tissue accomplish this by affecting the tendons, activating the circulation and flow of blood and lymph, and by freeing the muscle fasciae (connective tissue casings surrounding the muscle) in order to boost muscle relaxation.

The flow of chi can be affected by every acupoint in the body when the point is strongly stimulated with a needle (as in acupuncture) or pressure (as in Tuina or acupressure). When treating problems such as nausea, sciatica, frozen shoulders etc., highly skilled Tuina practitioners will know what acupoint combinations to use

Several potent effects can be experienced when using acupoints that are quite distant to the affected parts of the body although usually, most acupoints used to treat problems are located in their immediate vicinity. The Pc 6 (pericardium 6) acupoint for example, located in the forearm’s underside near the wrist can help cure vomiting and can induce a powerful soothing effect. The large intestine 6 (LI 6) point found between the first and second metacarpals addresses sinus problems and headaches while bladder 60 (Bl 60) posterior to the maleolus (outer ankle bone) resolves lower back pain. This suggests that Tuina may be able to treat problems in areas of the body where the hands of the therapist cannot reach.

You will never find a full body Tuina massage offered in China. Very much like his Western counterpart, a Tuina practitioner just addresses the issue that the patient presents with. This similarity extends to other areas – Tuina has certain side effects just as medications have. But the side effects produced by this therapy are more oftentimes positive and beneficial (apart from the soreness and/or mild aching after undergoing your first Tuina treatment). This is because the proper balancing of vital energy in one part of the body leads to better chi movement throughout the body.

The results of Tuina’s effects on the acupoints and meridians enables it treat all the conditions that physiotherapy, chiropractic, and osteopathy and other forms of alternative treatments can address and sometimes can be resolved with drug therapies. Tuina is an ideal treatment for chronic pain related the musculoskeletal system such as frozen shoulder, golfer’s or tennis elbow, muscle spasms, sciatica, lumbago, fibrositis, and shoulder and neck pain. Its ability to treat sports injuries is unequalled. Restless mind, tension, insomnia, IBS, constipation, migraines, headaches, and other chronic illnesses can be added to this long list.

However, despite its extraordinary effectiveness, Tuina is not a cure-all that can produce miracles. It may not be an adequate remedy for all types of migraines. Some necessitate a combination of Tuina and acupuncture. Knee conditions likewise may not respond well to manipulative therapy compared to acupuncture. But more often than not, tuina combined with acupuncture may often seem to be a way of administering miracles! Tuina and acupuncture work together to bring about chi balance in a holistic manner by treating the whole individual to help the various body parts function more efficiently. The harmful impact on our seriously endangered surroundings and the very negligible side effects of tuina makes this therapy as relevant today as it ever has been during its ancient multi-millennial history.


Chinese practitioners constantly expect a need to provide multiple tuina treatments in rapid succession although tuina can occasionally cure even long-term chronic pain in one treatment session. They all follow a same pattern that can be summed up as follows:

1. Soft tissue massage that promotes receptivity to the movement of chi – This entails techniques that increase lymph drainage and capillary blood flow and assist muscle fascia release. At the onset, techniques that distribute the force over a broad area are used. This lowers their penetrative pressure which, if administered excessively, could be very painful at this point when muscles are still rigid or stiff. Palmar kneading and pressing are commonly used in this softening-up stage along with gentle squeezing done using the entire hand. Other techniques replace the large scale squeezing, kneading, and pressing as the tissues respond. These techniques concentrate force onto smaller parts to add to the exerted pressure. The distinct rolling procedure that makes use of the dorsum and knuckles of the hand, like a rolling pin, is brought into action at this point. An experienced therapist will already be thinking in terms of chi movement and the direction of the energy channels beneath his hand and rolling will be coursed along the pertinent ones.

2. Increasing the flow of chi in the meridians – Rolling, kneading, and squeezing is now administered with more force along the meridian pathways. The heels of the palms, thumbs, fingers and even the elbows and forearms may be utilized to provide a greater far reaching penetration. Pressure is supplemented by movement at all times – a wide gamut of it ranging from percussive, rocking, rotational, and vibratory, rocking to extensive rubbing and pushing. Not like your average Thai massage practitioner who applies an unhurried, controlled and very steady approach, a Tuina therapist changes the tempo constantly. Two hand chaffing and some other techniques are performed in a very fast manner to produce the greatest frictional warming possible.

3. Stimulating the Acupuncture Points – The tissues at this point should by now be more relaxed and softer and thus ought to be amenable to deep penetration. The tools most frequently used are the elbows and thumbs to concentrate pressure onto specific acupoints. Precision is extremely critical here and once again, pressure is delivered with movement – usually rotational or rocking. Points that are painful when pressed can suggest some type of chi obstruction. For conditions like these, in order to achieve total release of chi obstruction, penetration must be progressive. However, it is quite intriguing to see how fast people adjust to this vigorous and very deep form of treatment. Some find it so soothing they go for treatment on a regular basis. Finding the right combination of acupoints rather than relying only on pressure is the secret of success of this treatment. Determining the right combination to be made however requires expert knowledge.

4. Manipulations – They are only performed when all the work on the soft tissue on the problematic part of the body has been done. The achievement of a good degree of connective tissue and muscle release and the balancing of chi is so important that the three initial stages of a therapy will require at least, 75 percent of the time allocated to it. Only when all the acupoint and soft tissue work has been thoroughly performed will manipulations be truly effective. Certain Tuina manipulations have a simplicity that disguises their effectiveness. Perfect examples of this are the extended arm shake and the corresponding leg shake. With regards to the arm, the practitioner grips the hand over its dorsum with his thumbs just over the wrist’s top to provide it mild support. Minimal traction is used and the shake is applied with small, rapid up and down range of motions. Besides activating all six arm energy channels, this produces a series of short quick duration pulls on the shoulder joint in order to bring back movement to a frozen shoulder.

To be successful, arm rotations and other forms of manipulations usually rely on synchronized application of pressure on the correct acupoints.

The future

Some hospitals of Western medicine in China, are now offering acupuncture and Tuina as part of their healthcare system. These two forms of alternative treatment should also be provided by hospitals in Western countries to accommodate the needs of a growing number of people who have experienced its benefits. Both acupuncture and Tuina blend into a system of treatment that has no parallel.

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10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on Tui Na, A Type Of Body Therapy Applying Chinese Martial Arts And Taoist Philosophy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Tuina (tui na) also called Tui na massage or naprapathy is an ancient type of Chinese manual treatment often used in conjunction with qigong, tai chi, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and acupuncture. Tui na is a type of body therapy that applies martial arts and Chinese Taoist philosophy in order to bring into balance traditional Chinese medicine’s eight principles: yin and yang, deficiency and excess, external and internal, and cold and heat. The procedure involves rubbing, pressing/rolling, kneading, and brushing by the practitioner of the areas called the eight gates, which are the parts between each of the joints to open the defensive energy of the body (called wei chi) and promote the movement of vital energy (chi) in the muscles and meridians. The practitioner can then stimulate the acupressure points through the use of massage, traction, and range of motion; this method is believed to help treat both acute and chronic conditions involving the musculoskeletal as well as non-musculoskeletal systems.

A vital component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Tui na is part of the curriculum taught in TCM schools. In East Asia, several martial arts schools offer tui na courses to their advanced students for the management and treatment of pain and injury incurred from training. Each school has its own way of teaching this discipline, as with many other traditional Chinese medical practices. It is also related to anma or Chinese massage.

Thousands of years ago in China, medical treatment was usually categorized as either “external” or “internal” therapy. One of the external therapies was Tui na which was considered to be particularly suited for use on infants and the elderly. Now, it is further divided into specified therapies for sports medicine, rehabilitation, cosmetology, infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, etc.

A Typical Session of Tui na Therapy

Wear clothes that are loose fitting when you come in for treatment. You may be told to sit on a table, couch or chair. You will be asked a chain of questions by the practitioner, then depending on your answers to the questions, treatment will commence.

Practitioners of Tuina may utilize different procedures to obtain their goal. Manipulation, acupressure, and soft tissue massage are the procedures most commonly used. To augment the effects of these procedures, sometimes, the practitioner may also use heat, ointments, liniments, and herbal compresses.

Health Issues and Contraindications

Disorders of the respiratory and/or digestive systems associated with stress as well as chronic pain are some of the conditions in which Tuina therapy is at its most effective. When it comes to ailments, this therapy is works extremely well in relieving tennis elbow, sciatica, back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain. But since tuina is meant to restore or boost the movement of chi, it usually brings about extra health benefits to the entire body, not just to a certain area. Anecdotal proofs exist that tuina can be an effective way to treat certain emotional problems, premenstrual symptoms (PMS), constipation, and headaches.

Tuina is not a treatment designed to relax tor sedate a person since it is one of the most intense and specific types of bodywork around. A tuina healer administers a type of massage that can be quite vigorous; in fact, in their first treatment, some patients may feel soreness in the areas of treatment. Interestingly, there are patients who actually feel euphoria or sleepy during and after a session.

As with all types of therapy, there are cases in which tuina therapy should not be used. It should not be administered on people with open wounds, skin problems, infectious diseases, fractures, or osteoporosis.


The specifics of methods used in Tuina have been first recorded over 2,400 years ago in The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine. Other methods similar to tuina date to about 1700 BC, during the Shang Dynasty. Ancient oracle bones bore inscriptions saying that adult and infant digestive conditions were treated with massage. In 206 BC, during the Han Dynasty, a famous healer named Zhang Zhongjing wrote a book entitled Jin Gui Yao Lue. In the book he stated that the treatment techniques of “Gaomo”, “Tui na”, and “Daoyin“ are administered as soon as the heavy sensation of the limbs is felt, in order to prevent the onset of a disease. In the Imperial Medical College about 700 AD, Tui na evolved into a study of its own.

The first reference to this external form of therapy was called “anwu” that became more commonly called “anmo”. Later on, it became widely and its fame spread to countries such as Japan and Korea.

Around AD 1600, as physiotherapy or massage therapy continued to gain structure and evolve, it blended with another approach called tui na, which specialized in bone-setting through deep manipulation. During this time, different styles of tui na, each with own sets of methods and rules, also developed.

Now, in the West and China the term anmo has been replaced with Tui na although in Japan and a few other countries, it is still referred to as anmo.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

09. November 2017 · Comments Off on The Practice Of Tui Na Massage Preceded The Discovery And Use Of Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Long before acupuncture, Tuina (also spelled tui na) was already being practiced for the relief of pain in various parts of the body through manipulative therapy. During ancient times, people instinctively knew that ailments can be reduced by rubbing painful areas on the body. With the discovery and development of acupuncture therapy, also came the development of Chinese massage treatment which was first called anmo (pushing and kneading). The evolution of this massage treatment rose dramatically during the Ming Dynasty, and the new methods of manipulative therapy was renamed “Tui-Na” (pushing and grasping).

Chinese martial arts have always been closely related to Tui-Na. This is because traumatic injuries (such as fractures, sprains, dislocations, etc.) are common occurrences in any martial arts school, and the fingertips of the headmasters of the school were the most readily available treatment tools for these problems. In fact, the most famous Chinese martial artists in history were also excellent healers. Martial artists in Canton China created a special science of traumatology called “Tit Dar” or “Dit Da”. Dit Da healing typically integrates Tui na and manipulative treatments with the best external and internal herbal remedies for traumatic injuries.

A lot of people erroneously think that tui na is either Chinese chiropractic or Chinese massage. The truth is, Tui-Na is a consummate system of medicine that has the capacity to treat both external injuries and internal diseases. Its distinct techniques and logic of diagnosis and therapy distinguishes it from all other medical sciences.

In Chinese, Tuina can be translated as push and grasp or push and pull. It uses both medical theory and massage therapy including the modern Swedish massage that’s widely used all over the world. Chinese practitioners of Tuina are required to study for more than seven years to learn more than soothing massage methods. They are considered professionals with the skill and knowledge of osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, and massage therapy combined. The foundation of Tuina therapy is the principle of chi energy and the five element theory that’s utilized in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. But rather using needles to jumpstart the flow chi flow, practitioners of Tuina apply manual pressure on the acupoint through the combined use of manual therapy and joint range of motion techniques. These practitioners oftentimes integrate lifestyle and nutrition into their plan of treatment.

Some practitioners use Tuina as a full massage therapy session, pressing and kneading a number of acupoints to release myofascial tension and balance energy. They avail themselves of Tuina procedures within a deep tissue session more so when conventional Western treatments such as Trigger Point Release fail to work. One of the best things practitioners love about Tuina is that the treatment can be administered without the patient needing to undress. For immediate effects, these healers are able to utilize methods during training sessions on a specific region or area of the body of their clients. Tuina can be used to evaluate and immediately treat a client with limited range of movement.

This technique can also be an ideal complement to Fascial Stretch Therapy. Both therapies work with the whole systems of the body, with Tuina stimulating the meridians or energy channels and FST the myofascial web or fascial lines. Each has its dissimilarities but both concur that the underlying root cause of a certain condition is usually located remote to the affected area where the symptoms appear. A person is usually weak due to possibly from a movement dysfunction or previous trauma or injury. Tui na complemented by Fascial Stretch Therapy can help tone down tired muscles and balance the body.

To reduce tension, foster energy balance and achieve general health and wellbeing, a full-body session for 90 minutes or at least, a five minute Tui na massage a day would be ideal.

Dr. Guoen Wang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and doctor of Chinese medicine in Austin Texas.

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Being an external therapy, Tuina as such, necessitates extensive training. It certainly should not and cannot be learned within just a weekend or two of teaching. This technique has been developed and refined for more than two millennia observation and empirical studies, and to diminish this learning is to forsake it.

You must go to a Doctor of Tuina or a Tuina Master and gain knowledge directly from them as a novice under their training system to ensure you learn Tuina properly. While it may take several years to learn it, like a martial art, Tuina therapy may require a decade to master.

One other option is to go to China and train as a student of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and specialize in Tuina therapy. This is not for everyone because learning it can take many years. One of the best ways in which this technique can be learned is by undergoing periods of intense training for several weeks. This method has been proved to produce really very good practitioners. However, this type of training entails strong dedication and really hard work and dedication from the students, although, in the end, their skill would be impeccable and will last a lifetime. Mainly, the contact hours establish confidence and maintain the high standard of the practitioner compared to those at distance training schedule or college. A highly skilled practitioner can be produced who has the confidence to develop his/her own style of Tuina by combining clinical experience with theoretical training.

Within your own treatment clinics and practice it is essential that you acknowledge Tuina therapy as a distinct branch of traditional Chinese medicine with its own unique advantages and benefits. Due to its growing awareness in Western countries, Tui na is becoming more and more a popular treatment among people in these countries.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

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The Chinese believe that the onset of disease is due to a disruption to the flow of vital energy known as chi. These blockages and imbalances in chi are the cause of illness. An ancient Chinese medicine treatment called Qi Gong (qi = energy, Gong = skill) similar to acupuncture but minus the needles, was and is still being used to help restore that flow back to normal.

A component of traditional Chinese medicine in Encino that has been practiced over thousands of years, Medical Qi Gong is a healing technique that works through the skill of the practitioner in redistributing and reinforcing the chi and in harmonizing and balancing the nervous and circulatory systems of a person. It is gentler and safer and non-invasive than some of the other Chinese medicines therapies such as herbal medicine and Tuina massage. Light massage methods can be utilized along with Qi Gong but more often than not there is no need for touch at all. To complement the healing, the client may also be provided with specific exercises that can be incorporated into their daily routine.

Qi Gong can offer certain benefits which may include no aching or tired muscles and no discomfort and pain during and after the treatment. The practice assists in enhancing the absorption of nutrients in the body and the excretion of waste materials, increasing blood circulation, calming of the nervous system, and strengthening of the immune system.

Qi Gong has had consistent success in the treatment of cancer and a wide range of other difficult and life-threatening conditions. It can be extremely effective in tissue and organ rejuvenation, insomnia, rehabilitation, sports injuries, stress, migraines, headaches, muscle and joint tension, and acute and chronic pain. It can benefit anyone even the elderly, children and very frail and sensitive people.

Along with Chinese medicine and philosophy, a Qi Gong healer needs to also know modern physiology, anatomy, and biology. Learning this craft requires concentration, hard work and enormous dedication on the part of the practitioner in order for him or her to tap into his/her own chi to improve the health of another person.

Since 1996, hospitals in China began formally using Qi Gong as part of their standard treatment. It is oftentimes used as a system for preventative healthcare as well as an alternative and complementary form of therapy. Despite being such a very old medical system, scientific research about the effects and benefits of Qi Gong has only begun during the past three decades. Currently, over a thousand articles have been published in medical journals and presented at international conferences. Several long-term researches are also being conducted as we speak delving into the practice of this technique as a treatment for major chronic diseases such as COPD and nerve disorders.