What is Tuina?

Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM),  Tuina – meaning “push-and-grasp” - is a form of medical massage that plays an important role in the Chinese healing arts. Like Acupuncture, this ancient therapy both treats and prevents disease by applying primarily manual methods to remove obstructions in the energy pathways of the body and promoting an increase in the body's vital energy. Tuina as practiced in China encompasses a great breadth of healing work which in the American medicine would be compartmentalized into the various specialties of orthopedics, chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, sports medicine, and “energy work”. A rich variety of Tuina techniques work to improve blood circulation, reduce the displacement of joints, enhance joint mobility; heal soft tissue injuries; improve the functions of the internal organs; regulate the nerves; and flush cellular tissues.

Modern medical practice in China has become a thoroughly integrated blend of traditional Chinese and modern Western medicine offered side by side in hospitals and clinics throughout the country.  Of all TCM practices, the ancient therapy of Tuina blends most easily with the paradigms of modern medicine, since it involves work with anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and biomechanics. This makes it ideally suited for the eclectic environment in the modern Chinese hospital, and is employed with even greater frequency than in previous centuries.

 In authentic TCM, acupuncture, Tui Na and herbs are closely connected and always used together. As an important part of TCM, Tui Na in China plays a crucial role in the field of medicine, rehabilitation and health maintenance. While Tui Na is not yet recognized abroad as widely as acupuncture, it will undoubtedly soon come to be appreciated as a powerfully effective, safe, and comfortable therapy by people all over the world.