Tui Na Oriental Medical Massage

Tui na, a form of bodywork that encompasses acupressure, tissue manipulation, joint traction and maneuverability, has an inseparable relationship with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. A popular treatment method as early as the Ming dynasty (AD1644-1912), it is both a form of bodywork and subtle energy medicine. Therapeutically, it excels at releasing muscles, tendons, and ligaments but can also impact hormones (Li et al., 2020), digestion (Lai et al., 2018), mood (Chen 2007), and more.

As a form of energy medicine or Qigong, practitioners utilize and direct Qi through their hands, into points along channels and into organs and bones. Tui na treatment varies from vigorous and physically active to subtle and still. It depends on the style of the practitioner and the requirements of treatment.

Tui na has the ability to:

  • Improve and regulate the functions of the internal organs
  • Lubricate and facilitate the movement of joints
  • Release built up emotion and accumulated disease
  • Build the immune system
  • Move Blood and Energy (Qi): flush out the old, in with the new
  • Relieve pain
  • Soothe and calm the Spirit


  • Low Back Pain (Mo et al., 2019)
  • Shoulder and neck pain (Huang et al., 2020)
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Fatigue and Stress (Chen, 2007, Li Huanan et al., 2017)
  • Cold hands and/or feet
  • Headaches and Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Rheumatism, Arthritis
  • Digestive Disorders (Lai et al., 2018)
  • Increase circulation of blood and lymph removal of waste products
  • Softening and mobility of scar tissue
  • Post-stroke spasticity (Wang et al., 2017)
  • Relaxation


Chen, Yu-Lin (2007). Case study analysis of health Tui-Na therapy of patients with Major Depressive Disorder.

Huang, F., Zhao, S., Dai, L., Feng, Z., Wu, Z., Chen, J., Guo, R., Tian, Q., Fan, Z., & Wu, S. (2020). Tuina for cervical vertigo: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complementary therapies in clinical practice39, 101115.

Lai, B., Liang, N., Cao, H., Jia, L., Hu, R., Lu, C., Zaho, N., Fang S., Liu, X., Zhang, Y., Fei, Y., Liu J., Yang, G., & Wu, D. (2018). Pediatric tui na for acute diarrhea in children under 5 years old: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 41, 10-22.

Li, D., Wang, C., Ruan, D., Li, J., Ji, N., Ma, X., Li Y., Qu, Y., Xuan, Z., & Song, L. (2020). Chinese massage, tui na, combined wit herbs improves clinical symptoms and regulates sex hormones in patients with mammary gland hyperplasia. Medicine, 99(21), e20300.

Li H., Wang J., Zhang W., Zhao N., Hai, X., Sun, S., Sun, Q., Han, Y., Zhang, R., & Ma F. (2017). Chronic fatigue syndrome treated by the traditional Chinese procedure abdominal tuina: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 37(6), 819.

Mo, Z., Li, D., Zhang, R., Chang, M., Yang, B., & Tang, S. (2109). Comparisons of the effectiveness and safety of tuina, acupuncture, traction, and Chinese herbs for lumbar disc herniation: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ECAM),1-10.

Wang, M., Liu, S., Peng, Z., Zhu, Y., Feng, X., Gu, Y., Sun, J., Tang, Q., Chen, H., Huang, X., Hu, J., Chen, W., Xiang, J., Wan, C., Fan, G., Lu, J., Xia, W., Chen, L., Wang, L., … Li, J. (2019). Effect of Tui Na on upper limb spasticity after stroke: a randomized clinical trial. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 6(4), 778-787.

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