Tui-Na History

Tui-Nas historical origins lie as far back as the dawn of man and his earliest perceptions of pain. Certainly, some caveman must have realized that rubbing a bruise or painful area on his body resulted in the relief of his discomfort. Through the eons, that primitive discovery began to coalesce into a revolutionary body of knowledge in China some two thousand years ago with the advent of the canonical texts Huang Di Nei Jing and Huang Di Qi Bo Anmo Jing. At that time in Chinese history, manual therapy was known as "an-mo" [an - to press, mo - to grind].

The Huang Di Nei Jing made reference to some dozen or so manual therapy techniques as an effective treatment method for problems such as arthralgia (bi) syndromes, flaccidity (wei) syndromes, deviation of the eye and mouth, and stomachache.

There is also mention of a noted physician, Bian Que, who cured a comatose Crown Prince Guo with manual therapy.

During the Han Dynasty, the famed physician, Zhang Zhongjing, expounded on the idea of massaging patients with certain medicated ointments in his legendary text, Jin Kui Yao Lue (Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet). This type of manual therapy was called "gao mo", which means "to grind in medicated ointments".

Dr. Yu Da-fang

The late Dr. Da-fang Yu was the mastermind behind the intergration and systematization of the different styles of Tui-Na into the form of Modern Orthodox Tui-Na. It was because of him that the Shanghai University of TCM instituted a separate Tui-Na Department. His textbook on Tui-Na still stands as one of the cannonical Chinese medical texts used throughout China and abroad.





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