Why Asians Look Younger Than Their Age

Have you perchance noticed that most Asians look younger than their actual age? If you put an average European or American and compare his appearance with an average Asian of the same age, there is a definite difference in their appearances. Compared to their Asian counterparts, it would appear that Europeans and Americans appear a bit more matured.

The Asians, especially the Chinese people, are the ones whose aging process seems to be delayed. The Chinese people with their youthful glow and radiant skin emerge as one of the youngest-looking folks in the world. But if you happen to know what their traditions, rituals, practices, and ways are like, you won’t be surprised why they appear as they are. The Chinese anti-aging disciplines of maintaining a regular fitness regimen, getting enough rest, and eating right will definitely work wonders not only for them but for anybody. These practices can make you look younger by holding back the actual years in your appearance.

Choosing the right foods to eat is one of the most important among those anti-aging practices. Eating foods rich in essential oils, omega-3, and antioxidants can set your age a step down. Those foods also help eliminate the illnesses and health infirmities that limit your body movement.

Engaging in Martial Arts is also a great way to stay healthy and keep fit. They are traditionally considered one of the best ways of developing fighting skills and are designed in combative form. But with other related disciplines such as Tai Chi, performing martial arts is considered as a means of eliminating illnesses and cultivating fitness and health. Tai Chi with its low-impact movements is an ideal activity for seniors and elderly people.

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Facial Gua Sha, A Natural Solution To Skin Problems And Aging

A few decades ago, no one heard about facial cupping, facial acupuncture, and especially facial gua sha. Now they are rapidly becoming a highly sought after form of alternative skin care treatment because they work and are an all natural solution to skin conditions and aging.

Gua sha therapy is a Chinese medicine technique entailing the pulling or scraping the skin with a rose quarts stone or a flat jade to flush out tissues and alleviate stiffness and pain. Gua sha, like cupping and acupuncture, is a body therapy designed to address breakouts and dryness and to reverse or slow down aging. While body gua sha body treatment creates bruise-like marks on the body, facial gua sha is leaves no marks as it is performed with therapeutic oils and a light hand.)

Why is gua sha now having its big moment? Perhaps, it integrates today’s beauty trends with that of all-natural remedies.

In facial gua sha, lymphatic fluids are moved releasing the fascia which relaxes hardness in muscles (like in the jaws), breaks down adhesions, and helps the skin function better. The overall effect is a meaningful increase in qi (energy) and blood flow to the skin, and an overall rise in the circulatory flow of fluids and blood. Research indicate a rise in circulation from the procedure as well as improvement in natural hydration which leads to a glowing skin tone, and boosts the ability of the skin to cleanse the sebum, dirt, general accumulation of bacteria in the pores that lead to acne.

One secret is to begin with the neck and work up to the forehead. This will lead to a funnel like effect that forces the negative elements to begin draining downward. As the procedure frees up the neck tissues, then the jaw tissues, and then to the eyes, it opens up circulation, and provides a place for the excess fluids to drain out. Besides resulting in more prominent-looking cheekbones and less puffy eyes, this therapy can significantly cure chronic acne, usually after eight to ten weeks of weekly sessions. In addition, the loosening of the facial muscles can reduce or prevent wrinkles and alleviate neck pain and headaches.

Unlike cupping and facial acupuncture, gua sha can be easily done at home, which is why is it’s guaranteed to become one of this year’s, biggest beauty obsessions. People who have doing gua sha on themselves for months have found it to be insanely relaxing (what’s more soothing than spending ten minutes each morning stroking rose quartz stones and pretty jade all over your face?) and because it makes their puffy cheeks and eyes go down quickly, their breakouts clear much faster and their feel jaw less tight. The truth is, when you begin performing facial gua sha on yourself, you’ll likely to have less and fewer severe acne breakouts than ever before. While best results can be seen by doing self administered treatment at home daily, even two to three times a week treatment can work wonders to your face.

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What Is Yin And Yang?

The concept that underlies Yin Yang stretches to all religions and cultures. This concept is founded on the universal law of duality that all living things in this world follow. There is a natural instinctive cycle that is followed by every living thing and the concept of yin and yang is that cycle.

For instance, from the growth of a plant to the ebb and flow of the tides; yin and yang can be seen in all things. It also repeats ad infinitum its natural cycle – going from yin to yang, back to yin and then yang for all eternity. What blooms from a seed or nut into a tree or flower must die eventually in order for the cycle to repeat.

While yin and yang totally represent opposite phases of each other, there cannot be one without the other. They are opposite and complementary at the same time. There would be no dark if there was no light. Neither would exist if one is missing. They depend on each other to be whole and to complete the cycle.

Yin represents the feminine aspect of the Universe and Mother Nature. It symbolizes the earth, water, and moon. Yin governs the night time when you are sleeping, relaxed, comfortable, and at peace.

Yang, on the other hand, is a busy and fast day when things seem to move at a more rapid pace like in a busy airport or office in a bus. Yan governs the fire, sky, and sun fire.

Yin yang is represented symbolically by the symbol of the Taiji or tai chi, which in today’s society is a very familiar symbol. The white circle single black quote shape is the Yin while the Yang is the black circle inverted white quote shape – it is an inversion of yin. They form one whole when they’re together.

For peace, energies in your environment must be in balance just like yin yang. Negative (yin) and Positive (yang) forces must be in harmony.

If there is not enough negative energy and excess positive energy, or too much negative energy and not enough positive energy, this could lead to disaster. Balancing the scales this way can result in pandemonium.

Yin yang is the basis of feng Shui and the balance of forces (energies) to attain harmony in your place of work, room, office, or home. It does so by enhancing, removing, replacing, or adding things that symbolize different energies and reducing the preponderant energies for more balance.

You inundate yourself with harmonious energy when you use the principle of yin yang and feng shui in the areas that you hang out most often and this provides you with better circumstances for luck you want to attract and aspects of your life you want to enhance.

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The Origin And Basis Of Chi

Modern science has come to understand that the presence of energy is the one common non-physical major element in all life. More often than not, energy is manifested in the form of electro-magnetic fields, which the Chinese refer to as chi. Actually, the shortage of magnetic fields in the soil is one of the biggest causes of poor health and nutrition we see in crops today. Selenium and other various forms of minerals in the soil play a huge part in the flow and transmission of energy into the growing crops through the magnetic field of the earth. Therefore, any depletion in the soil minerals can reduce the health of the crops planted in such soil.

Why Chi is the single biggest factor in health is because a person’s whole body is basically, a huge bio-electric magnet. It is believed that life would not have come about weren’t for these magnetic fields. All cells posses an EM or an electromagnetic field which is the energy field that maintains the life of each cell. The strength of each cell depends on the strength of its EM field, and the stronger a cell is the greater it’s resistance and resilience to death and decay.

Electrons are needed for all chemical reactions to occur. If the flow of electrons from one atom to the next is stopped, then the reactions themselves are neutralized. There are more than a hundred thousand reactions per second in the cells of humans, which is faster than half the speed of light. Each reaction requires enzymes to occur; in turn, the enzymes need huge amounts of chi in order to execute their functions.

For humans, chi is derived from various sources, our parents being the main source during conception. In Chinese medicine, this is what’s known as “original chi” or “yuan”. This original chi is mainly housed in the sexual, adrenal, and other glands of the body. A huge chunk of what’s known as “post birth chi” is derived from the air and food we take in. This is the reason eating fresh, organic, and pure food is extremely essential in getting the greatest possible amount of potent and pure chi.

But where we get the biggest amount of life force energy or chi is through the act of breathing as it’s the constant intake of fresh “ionic energy” and breath from the air that really keeps us alive each second of our lives. This is the reason we can live for days without water and without food for weeks, but can’t live a quarter of an hour or less without breath because what keeps us truly alive each second of our lives is the breath of life.

In China, the role of chi and breathing in longevity and health has been known for over two millennia as proven by archeological excavations in the province in Hunan of the Ma Wang tombs. Archeologists have discovered illustrated instructions and assorted diagrams with charts of the energy system of the human body in these tombs as well as anatomical charts and how to perform various breathing exercises and their benefits to human health and energy.

These discoveries conclusively prove that the internal knowledge of energy and breathing had superseded the erroneous external school of toxic compounds and minerals as the real reason for human longevity and health, and they obviously demonstrate that by the 2nd century AD, the energy system of humans was known to be the most important factor to longevity and health.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.

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Gua Sha Therapy For Recurrent Joint Or Muscle, Shoulder, Neck, Or Back Pain

If you still haven’t heard about gua sha therapy, it is a hands-on drug-free therapy that is definitely worth knowing especially if you suffer from recurrent joint or muscle pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, or back pain.

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that is usually administered by an acupuncturist although it does not involve the use of needles. The therapist instead uses a handheld round-edged, device and uses it in a “press-stroke” motion repeatedly on the body part of the patient without injuring the skin.

The aim of the treatment is to relieve what in Chinese medicine is known as ‘blood stagnation.’ This condition is a form of constriction of the capillaries near the surface of the skin and is linked to recurrent or fixed pain, and to illness, occasionally. Enabling the movement of stagnant blood enhances circulation to the organs, tissues, and muscles right under the site of treatment. This causes the patient to experience rapid changes in mobility, stiffness, and pain.

Red blood cells are forced out of the tiny capillaries by the press-stroking motion and blood flow into the surrounding tissues. Gua sha therapy does not cause external bleeding and does not break the capillaries. However, petechiae, which are very small red spots of blood, tend to develop just below the surface of the skin, making the area appear to develop a rash. These petechiae are different from bruising. A bruise indicates traumatic damage to the tissue and it can take over a week to heal. With gua sha, the tissues are not damaged and the re-absorption of the red blood cells begins immediately. The ensuing hemoglobin breakdown (hemoglobin is the pigment that contains the oxygen in the red blood cells) boosts the reaction of a specific enzyme and of biliverdin and bilirubin bile pigments, which both stimulate the immune system and are anti-inflammatory, encouraging healing within several days.

Giving Gua Sha a Try

Gua sha is often performed on the hips, shoulders, neck, and back, although it can also be done on the other areas of the body. Occasionally, the part treated is the spot where the pain itself is felt, but other times, it is in the part that correlates with a certain energy pathway (meridian) or organ, based on the traditions of Eastern medicine.

A gua sha procedure typically runs for about 10 minutes. The therapist first palpates a body part to evaluate whether stagnation or “sha” has developed in the tissue. The part to be addressed is then lubricated with oil or other body lubricant.

The next step is the press-stroking. The Chinese traditionally use a soup spoon with a smooth edge but practitioners today often use a handheld device that looks like a metal cap with a smooth lip. In order to prevent or minimize the risk of infection to blood-borne pathogens, gua sha instruments are used only once for each patient. Some practitioners prefer to use metal caps that are easily disposed of after a single use, instead of the out-of-date bone, stone, jade, coin, or spoon tool. Press-stroked for about 6 to 10 strokes are “stroke-lines” or each specific narrow section of skin. If there is stagnation in the site of treatment, the therapy will yield tiny red petechiae, and if there is no blood stagnation in the site of treatment, the skin will just turn pink.

If the treatment is done properly, the patient will not feel pain or any hurt; in fact, the patient will actually feel invigorated. Gua sha can be used safely on children and even babies. Within a few days after treatment, the elevated red marks on the skin immediately start to change, fade, and then totally vanish. It is recommended to moderate your activity and drink lots of water after a session. After treatment for the rest of the day, the patient should also not do any work out, hard labor, feasting, fasting, sex, alcohol, or drugs. In other words, they should “chill”.

The required number of treatments will be based on the condition of the patient. There will be patients who after just a single or few sessions, will gain lasting relief. Patients suffering from chronic conditions usually require three sessions one week apart, followed by sessions every other week. The treatment cost will be based on the location of the patient and the training of the therapist. Talk to your insurance provider if they cover care provided by an acupuncturist.

A safe form of treatment, Gua sha can be used by almost everyone, although they not should be given to people who are taking anticoagulant medication or who are pregnant or suffer from diabetes. Most importantly, it should be performed by a licensed qualified practitioner who has been trained in the therapy. Most massage therapists and physical therapists have such training as do acupuncturists. If you are looking for a gua sha therapist, talk to a licensed acupuncturist in your area and ask him or her about their level of experience with the therapy. Contact your office of professional regulators, office of consumer affairs, or the state department of public health to find Austin acupuncturists near your area and to verify their licensure.

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Foot Acupressure To Alleviate Stress And Help You To Deeply Relax

Yes, acupressure can never replace Western Medicine as a primary form of treatment; however, there is proof that this ancient Eastern art works on specific health problems.

Acupressure is a lot like acupuncture in so many ways. One similarity is that both have been practiced for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles at pressure points, while acupressure uses manipulation of the pressure points with a tool or with the fingers.

Because the point underlies an ‘artery,’ one important note to remember is that acupressure depends on the ‘pulse’ of the artery being felt. It is different from random or voodoo massage.

Acupuncture became a household word in the U.S. when Nixon visited Chairman Mao in China in the early part of 1972. By 2006, the U.S had about 10,000 physicians practicing acupuncture and research on this therapy is endorsed by the federal government through the offering of grants.


You can gain the benefits of acupressure therapy using your hands and without any help from a physician. One other way to derive its benefits is to use simple tools to activate the healing reflexes of your body, if it’s combined with various mental imagery approaches.

Hold a broom, a mop, a tubular stick, or a foot massage ‘roller’ that you can buy sold in natural health and sporting goods stores. Some practitioners initiate massage or release the stress simultaneously in both feet while others manipulate one foot at a time. This will depend on the preference of the user.

The body parts where a ‘roller’ for acupressure is applied are on the ears, face, hands, and feet.
Rolling a pencil or pen on the ears and face can generate great results as well.


Throughout the world, millions of people have the belief that the ears, face, and foot have coonections to the glands and organs of the body and that for them massage is a form of therapy that produces a positive effect on various parts of their body. However, research has found no evidence that massaging the ‘reflex points’ on the foot produces therapeutic benefits in a person.

The positive outcomes derived from daily massage include flexibility of the massaged ligaments, tendons, and muscles and an increase in circulation. Reflexology is potentially useful, safe, and non-invasive.

Two-Minute Behavioral Intelligence Strategy

Step #1 – Place a tubular stick or a foot roller under the soles of your feet.

Step #2 – Sit on a chair down, place your hands over your thighs, and loosen and relax your shoulders

Step #3 – Open your eyes and focus them on your feet. Then start doing a log-roll on the soles of your feet. Roll the tubular stick or the foot roller back and forth from your toes to your heel. Continue the massage by rolling your feet back-and-forth. This will generate warmth in your stomach and other parts of your body. Do about 25 rolls in one minute.

Step #4 – While doing Step 3, perform a diaphragmatic breath. Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for five seconds, then slowly exhale. This will trigger the release of endorphins that alleviates stress and helps you to deeply relax.

Step #5 – While still doing Step 3, close your eyes and visualize with your mind what you are exactly physically doing in great detail. The aim of this activity is to physically exercise and seeing virtual reality mentally at the same time. Perform this activity while doing 25 slow rolls at the same time in one minute.

Step #6 – Before you open your eyes and go back to work, hear subvocally and repeat mentally the words – “And it is so!”, with great feeling. This is a Target Affirmation that boosts the strength of your acupressure workout.


If you follow the law of 21, your results will definitely improve. For three weeks, keep on performing this six-step exercise until it becomes a memory-trace or an ‘engram’. This is one type of acupressure method that can randomly strengthen your immune system and alleviate any pain you feel.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

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Want To Lose Weight? Try Ear Staples Acupuncture Weight Loss Treatment

Before you have it done, you may want to find out about ear staples acupuncture for weight loss. If you are overweight, perhaps one of the most important things you want to do for your health is to lose weight. However, if ear staples acupuncture for weight loss treatment is not done properly, it might lead to some pretty serious unnecessary problems. A lot of patients who have tried this therapy have reported severe scarring and infection although, in general, this therapy is usually very safe and effective.

Ear staples acupuncture for weight loss treatment is not practiced by every acupuncturist. Some acupuncturists have no training for this procedure while others are not even licensed at all and have no legal right to practice any kind of acupuncture treatment whatsoever. If you have plans of getting ear staples acupuncture for weight loss, then you need to find out what kind of credentials the acupuncturist you are considering has. If they have no special training for that method then you should look for one that has training and experience. You may want to lose weight but you don’t want to do it at the risk of getting ill.

We should tell you that searching for a proper acupuncturist to provide you with the right ear staples acupuncture for weight loss treatment can be a difficult process. Besides looking for a practitioner who has proper training, finding someone who can be trusted may be a different challenge altogether.

When searching for a reputable acupuncturist, you can ask your family, friends, coworkers, or acquaintances that have undergone ear staples acupuncture weight loss treatment. You can ask them about their experience with their practitioner and if they’re satisfied with their treatment. If they find the whole experience satisfying, you can go to the acupuncturist, talk to him (or her) and ask relevant questions about himself (or herself) and about the treatment.

Searching for a practitioner of ear staples acupuncture treatment for weight loss in Walla Walla may not be the kind you want to do in the yellow pages. It’s important to know the person you are dealing with and know how and what the treatment is all about. The acupuncturist whom you select should be able to tell you everything you need to know about the therapy especially how the procedure is done. They should put your mind at ease and make you feel safe about the treatment. Ear staples acupuncture treatment actually is a painless and very safe treatment especially when it’s performed by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist.

The cost of an acupuncture ear staples for weight loss treatment varies from acupuncturist to acupuncturist. Of course cost matters since no one wants to end up paying more for something than they have to. You’ll find a lot of acupuncturists who will offer practical and reasonable rates near your area.

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Auricular Acupuncture Relieves Illness And Pain

Your whole body amazingly can be treated by applying pressure to acupuncture points in your outer ear.

The premise for this odd idea is the theory of the inverted fetus, which is a concept formulated by Dr. Nogier regarding the acupuncture map of the ear. As a result of his studies and experiments, auricular acupuncture came into being.

Auricular Acupuncture Relieves Illness and Pain in Encino

Acupuncture points located in outer ear have been shown to help alleviate pain throughout the body via complex formulation involving the parasympathetic nervous system.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for various diseases and conditions including obesity, pain, depression and a wide range of chronic health problems.

Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is based on the traditional approach to acupuncture. The principles and ideas behind the utilization of acupuncture points in the ear goes far back in time yet the concepts are very much applicable to modern acupuncture.

Endorphins are produced and released in the bloodstream when an acupuncturist sticks needles into acupuncture points in the ear. The endorphins and other chemicals generate a sense of well being and a feeling of deep relaxation in the patient. Auricular acupuncture is basically very effective in treating conditions related to pain.

The outer ear has over 200 acupuncture points and each point has its own name. A qualified acupuncturist will know the location and name of all these points. Each acupoint in the ear have a direct a relationship to a specific part of the body.

An electrical signal begins its passage towards the brain when an acupuncture needle is inserted into a certain acupoint. This stimulates the area of the patient’s body that’s targeted for treatment. In this manner, one can realize that the ear functions something like a telephone switchboard. One point in the ear is stimulated and quite amazingly another body part also is stimulated.

So you shouldn’t be surprised when you come in an acupuncturist’s clinic complaining about pain in the ankle that your practitioner begins sticking acupuncture needles into acupoints in your ear. You will be amazed at how the pain in your ankle starts to decrease even if your ankle area has not been treated directly.

Amazingly, even your ear lobe itself has its own unique number of acupoints that are stimulated to help treat your throat, sinuses, tonsils, parts of your head, and various other parts of your body. The concha of the ear has also pressure points that can be stimulated to resolve problems affecting your liver, heart, lungs, and the other major organs of your body.

Qualified acupuncturists know that the ears have the most efficacious acupoints in the body. Actually, it is estimated that the chance for a successful auricular acupuncture treatment of common illnesses is 95 percent or higher. This means getting auricular acupuncture to treat a specific illness is definitely worth considering.

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Tui Na Targets Problems Such As Chronic Pain In The Skeletal System, Joints, And Muscles

For those who have experienced both Shiatsu and acupressure, Tui Na massage therapy may feel like a cross between the two. Tui Na, like Shiatsu, makes use of rhythmic compression along the meridians which are the energy pathways of the body, as well as a number of modalities that lubricate and manipulate the joints. Tui Na, like acupressure, affects the movement of energy directly by pressing and holding the acupressure points of the body.

In the West, Tui Na is a type of Oriental bodywork that most closely resembles Western conventional massage. A lot of its methods are similar — shaking, vibration, rocking, rotation, pulling, friction, percussion (Da or tapotement), kneading (Nie or petrissage), and gliding (Tui or effleurage). While tui na has many similarities to many Western massage therapies, it has a more specific therapeutic effect than the basic relaxation you get from a Sauna or Swedish massage.

Tui Na’s ability to target specific problems, especially chronic pain related to the skeletal system, joints, and muscles, is one of its biggest advantages over basic massage. It is very helpful for arthritis; joint pain; pain in the shoulders, neck, and back, muscle spasms, and sciatica. It is also useful for chronic problems such as stress-related tension, migraines, headaches, constipation, and insomnia.

While it is often used to relieve painful joints, bones, and muscles, tui na also works at a deeper level with the Chi or energy of the body. The practitioner is able to evaluate the delivery of chi and affect its flow once he senses the body of the patient with his hands.

Tui na is not just designed to correct problems, it can also prevent them from developing and happening just like the other styles of Oriental bodywork. Health is maintained or achieved by correcting or preserving the balance of energy in the body. This is not only true for physical health, but for emotional and mental well-being as well.

Tui Na is the forerunner of most modern Asian bodywork techniques. Its practice has been traced as far back as 1700 BC. As with all the Chinese medicinal systems, Tui Na practice has suffered a lot during the 1920’s upheaval in China. The Chinese government in 1929, enacted a policy of systematically erasing “traditional” medicine throughout the country. In fact, Chinese Medicine in 1936 was accused as having no scientific basis and the government banned its practice.

However, among the general Chinese population, Tui Na survived as a popular form of healing and is called Anmo, which, in Chinese, is a broad terminology for massage. The name Tui Na is a more specific term that indicates techniques based on the Chinese medicine principles.

In 1949, after the Communists came into power, the attitude towards traditional medicine changed, and it was then promoted. However, there were additional obstacles, to its use during the decade of the 60’s and 70’s.

These days, the practice of Tui Na in China is much closer to the work physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors than to that of massage therapists. It is learned as an equal but separate field of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine schools, involving a similar degree of training as herbal therapists and acupuncturists.

The technique and style of tui na has changed since the practice migrated to the West and became popular. While Chinese tui na practitioners in Walla Walla are trained in the art of bone setting, most western trained practitioners have no such training in this area. Western Tui Na practice can be seen as a complementary therapy to Western massage, focusing on balancing and restoring energy.

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Tui Na For Emotional Problems, PMS, Constipation, IBS, Migraines, And Headaches

Tui Na is especially effective for chronic pain, especially pain related to injuries and musculo-skeletal conditions. All these following ailments all respond very well to tui na: Tennis elbow, sciatica, immobility, back pain, shoulder pain and neck.

However, it may not be possible for this therapy to work on a certain condition without boosting the overall Chi energy of the body, which therefore means that tui na can also treat a wide array of emotional problems, PMS, constipation, IBS, migraines, and headaches.

Across the US, this age-old bodywork of Chinese origin is now rapidly becoming a popular form of alternative treatment for many people suffering from physical ailments and pain.

A complete healing modality in itself, like Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, Tui Na is one of the major branches of an Eastern healing system called traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). While Tui Na’s use keeps on growing, it is believed to be the oldest form of bodywork continuously practiced today.

The methods and details of Tui Na therapy used in addressing various forms of health problems have already been recorded 2,500 years ago in a document known as the Nei Jin or The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine. Today’s practice of Tui Na makes this therapy a time tested hands-on and most tried form of treatment in the world after a protracted period of evolution and development.

During a tui na procedure, the patient is fully clothed and is asked by the therapist to lie on a couch or sit on a chair. Prior to performing the procedure, the therapist asks a number of questions regarding the patient’s state of health.

How does Tui Na work?

Tui Na is based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Vancouver. One of its most fundamental theories states that within the body of a person there flows a life powering energy which the Chinese call Chi that travels throughout the body. Every facet of body function is based on the flow of Chi throughout the body.

According to TCM, the human body has a web of 12 paired energy channels called meridians – one constituent of each pair on the left side of the body and the other on the right. Encircling the head and the trunk in the mid-line are also a couple of unpaired energy channels.

While the meridians do exist in the body, they have no physiological structures. Instead, they are pathways in which the primary flow of Chi happens. You can imagine them as distinct currents of energy, similar to the water currents in the oceans.

Western experiments interestingly, have been utilized to map the flows of these channels, and they certify the accuracy of detailed charts created around the time of Nei Jing.

Along the energy channels there are specific Chi acupuncture points at irregular intervals where heat, needles, or pressure are applied to influence the manner in which Chi moves through the meridians. This may lead to healing responses on some body part that’s distant from where stimulus is applied.

When the flow of energy is disrupted in any part of the body, it leads to an imbalance of Chi which then results in sickness, stiffness, pain, and even emotional pain.

According to TCM, vitality and health depend on the proper balance of Chi in the body. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through Tui Na which makes use of a wide array of methods to do it.

A person observing a tui na session may notice that the therapy is similar to an intensive workout for the joints and soft tissues. The practitioner strives to do more than this. He focuses his attention on strategic acupuncture points and meridians. The practitioner massages these areas in order to clear out any obstructions to the flow of Chi.

The Chinese practice Tui na to treat conditions which, in the West, would be addressed with medications, physiotherapists, chiropractors, or osteopaths.

How does Tui Na feel like?

Tui na feels like a very intensive massage with every method requiring pressure as well as movement. The patient may initially feel a bit sore after the first session although after two or three days, the patient gets used to the firm pressure.

Based on the nature of your Tui Na treatment, you might feel a bit light headed after the treatment. Some patients may feel supercharged while others feel sleepy. More often than not, every patient feels better after the therapy.

Tui Na Side Effects

Tui na can have many side effects, just like acupuncture, although all them are positive. One example of such side effect is when a patient is treated for chronic back pain and finds that his longstanding constipation has also been relieved. The reason for this is that the treatment, which is mainly for pain, targets the Bladder meridian which directly connects to the large intestine’s Chi energies.

Other side effects can bring about strong emotions so much so that the patient can turn very emotional and cry uncontrollably during the treatment.


Tui na is contraindicated for certain conditions although there are just a few of them.

For a person suffering from osteoporosis, very hard joint manipulations and very deep, soft tissue massage is inadvisable. Direct massage to the skin that has an infection or eczema is also not recommended. Although even in these instances it is possible to perform Tui Na therapy using selected distant acupuncture points and specific areas of the energy channels.

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