Tui na or tuina
is a form of Chinese Medicine often used in conjunction with acupuncture, fire cupping, Chinese herbs and other oral and non-oral medications.Tai Chi, and Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts disciplines in an effort to bring the 8 Principals of Chinese Traditional Medicine into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (“Wei”) “Chi” and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.
In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment. Tui na was considered to be one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today, Tui na is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.
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