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Tui na (Chinese massage)

Tui na is a clinical practice based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The term "Tui na" translates as "push-grasp." Physically, it is a series of pressing, tapping, and kneading that removes blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of Qi and blood to promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture, moxibustion, and acupressure. Tui na's massage-like techniques range from light stroking to deep-tissue work.

Tui na has been used extensively in China for over 2,000 years. It is not unusual to see practitioners working on street corners and parks in modern China. Tui na is an occupation that is particularly suitable to those with physical disabilities, and in China, many blind persons receive training in the art of Tui na, where their heightened sense of touch is a great benefit.

Tui na has no side effects unlike many modern drug-based and chemical-based treatments. It has been used to treat or compliment the treatment of many conditions, especially specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.


Sourced from: Qi Journal

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