Traditional Chinese medicine is largely based on the philosophical concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body.

Oriental Medicine is a modified form of traditional Chinese Medicine. One of the basic tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has always been that health and well-being hinge on the ability to harmonize - to adapt to changing circumstances.

The major components of TCM include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Massage (Anmo and Tui-na)
  • Chinese Exercise Therapies (Tai-Ch'i and Ch'i Kung)
  • Chinese Dietetics

Tui-na in China has expanded into a healing art, it can be extremely subtle and gentle or it can be like a deep tissue massage. Tui-na is used for a broad range of treatments - it can resemble Osteopathy, Shiatsu, Postural Integration to Touch for health.

Do note that all of those therapies have their origin in TCM. The character of the Tui-na treatment varies according to the condition of the patient.

The aim of TCM is to balance the "Ch'i" (Qi). The ancient oriental Physicians believed that the universe was made up of invisible energy they called Ch'i. This invisible energy is essential to life, flowing around, in and through everything.

As one ancient said, "Energy on the verge of materialising, or matter on the verge of becoming energy."

When a blockage to Ch'i circulation occur in the bones or muscles, we treat the body to loosen the spasm so that the Ch'i may flow again.

To recognise the fact of Ch'i will ensure that any treatment will be dramatically effective.

Tui-na has been used for thousands of years in China, not only in hospitals but also by specialist therapists and "bone doctors". Some of the techniques are to affect the Ch'i level to affect the body and some are directed at the body level to affect the Ch'i.

Posture is of paramount importance when seeking balance. When stance is not balanced, stress, in one area causes local tension or spasm which inhibits the flow of Ch'i, resulting in discomfort and disease.

For a balanced stance and Ch'i the spine must be naturally straight and mobile along its entire length. To achieve this a deep Tui-na is applied to key areas of tension - to free up joints and to dispense unhealthy accumulations of Ch'i.

The liberated Ch'i can flow now to areas of stagnation or empty areas. The patient begins to feel the sensation of balance, thus the body will heal to correct itself. Tui-na techniques can be diverted into three categories:

To free stagnant Ch'i by squeezing, lugging, pressing, rolling percussions, rotations and adjustments

To support Ch'i where there is a deficiency - rubbing to warm cold parts, gentle pressing to get Ch'i to the surface, the therapist will pinch, slap and scratch to summon Ch'i

To lead Ch'i from full to empty areas. This is done by lightly stroking the skin or gliding the elbow deeply over meridians

Tui-na treats diseases by regulating the physiological fictions and pathological changes of the human body through forces of various mobilising techniques.

It can be said that Tui-na will:

  • Relax muscles and tendons, reducing swelling and pain
  • Reduce the displacement of anatomical structures
  • Release spasm, relaxing muscles
  • Release adhesions and lubricate joints (synovial fluids)
  • Expel cold pathological factors such as wind/cold/damp - thermal functions and regulate Ch'i and blood circulation

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