Chinese Massage History

Chinese Massage History

In modern Chinese, The therapeutic massage branch of traditional Chinese medicine is called tuina, which literally means pushing and grasping.

However, the term did not occur in the Chinese literature until the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it first appeared in a book on Pediatric Tuina, a specialized branch of Chinese massage. Prior to this period, the most popular term for therapeutic massage was ‘anmo.’

As time went on, Anmo was used as a term for both medical and pleasurable massage.  In 1949, the Chinese government officially recognised the medical benefits of the massage and renamed this aspect to Tuina.  Tuina was officially incorporated into Traditional Chinese Medicine as a medical therapy to be used for problems where acupuncture and herbs were less effective. Today in China, every hospital has a Tuina Department.  Many problems are treated in the Tuina clinic within the department. Here are some of the best places to go to have a Chinese Tuina Massage in London.

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