Tuina literally translates as push and grasp and is a Chinese therapeutic massage closely related to acupuncture in its use of the meridian system. It is considered to be effective for treating a similar range of health problems, especially musculoskeletal conditions and some internal diseases such as abdominal and stomach problems related to digestions. Infant Tuina is especially useful for treatment of certain infant health problems. Tuina is regarded alongside herbal medicine and acupuncture as another one of the fundamental arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 Tuina is primarily focused on the meridians and points where Qi gathers and can be easily manipulated. It is thought that the Tuina massage affects not only the physical body but also the Qi body (the network of meridians and points) and the mental body (emotions, thoughts and spiritual faculties). Since both physical and mental health are dependants on a smooth and abundant flow of Qi, massage can effectively affect all the three aspects.

Tuina massage is also based on the same theoretical frame and diagnosis principles as that of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Tuina massage also needs to follow a proper diagnosis by using the four examinations methods and syndrome differentiation. Based on the diagnosis, specific techniques and manipulations are combined to treat the specific symptoms and the underlying pathological patterns.

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