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Chinese Massage By Patricia Renaud

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There are many misconceptions about Chinese Medicine • There is a great difference between the modern philosophy the ancient philosophy of Chinese Medicine • Folk remedy co-exists along side modern medicine • Mix Western Chinese Medicines • For the Chinese practitioner the mixing is not important the results is what matters

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Philosophy Theory of Chinese Medicine • Chinese medicine considers illness cures in the human body as a combination of emotional physical psychological environmental cosmic factors • Chinese medicine deals with the mind body general health and disease totally when treating a person

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Origin of Chinese Medicine • The legendary founders of Chinese medicine for the Chinese people are: – The Yellow Emperor Huang Di – The Devine Farmer Shen Nong • Began to take form 5000 years ago • Women who can bring down the Spirits the cultivation of Spirits play an important role in early Chinese medicine remain a predominate factor in Chinese folk medicine

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Two main types of Chinese medical practitioners • Official doctors-trained in official training centers or government colleges – served gentry • Unofficial doctors itinerant or religious folk doctors-educated by teachers often family members or religious teachers – served common people sometimes upper class

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There are several varieties of Chinese Medicine including • Acupuncture • Acupressure • Herbology • Chinese Nutrition • Moxibustion • Massage • Qigong • Diagnosis-Observation of patient • Therapy Therapeutic Techniques • Tuina • Jiaofa • Yangsheng • Mantras

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Diagnosis • The four basic methods of examination sizhen are: – looking at the patientwangzhen – examination by listening smelling tasting wenzhen – examination by interrogation wenzhen – examination by touching qiezhen

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Observing the patient • Observes body as a whole • Some diseases show in the way a person moves looks – Observes shape of the body-large small thin fat – Observes posture of patient-may indicate deviation of backbone – Observes color of face parts of body – Observes how patient behaves-quiet aggressive disturbed does he think clearly does he make sense – Observes parts of body-head hair hands tongue

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Eight factors that guide the practitioner • Two basic elements of change-yin yang can be called by different names to distinguish areas but the underlying theory is still the yin-yang relationship – biao-on the surface or superficial – li-internal or fundamental – han-cold – re-hot – xu-empty or powerless – shi-over-powerful or full

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Chinese Therapy Therapeutic Techniques • Preserving health preventing disease better than curing • Herbal medicines other external internal practices of prevention popular in China • Have innumerable exercises herbal preparations • Prevent disease by practicing qigong taijiquan • Physicians advise patient to take up form of exercise to recover from illness keep in shape prevent recurring illness • There are pills medicines for regaining vitality

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Eight methods of Therapy Curing • Han- sweating making the patient sweat- superficial damage caused by external circumstances • Tu- vomiting making the patient vomit- like when food is not digested or person has been poisoned • Xia- lowering forcing matter in the body downward- like when there is constipation • He- harmonizing adjust or regulate a body function- as when upper lower parts are not in harmony

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Eight Methods of Therapy curing continued • Wen- warning raising the temperature in an area of the body- used when cold is cause of disease • Qing- purifying clearing heat purifying the body- used when heat is the source of illness • Xiao- dispelling eliminating or dispelling the cause of disease- eliminate blockages blocked body fluid or blocked materials • Bu- supplying improve conditions of bloodfluid functions of the body- gives someone more strength

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Acupuncture • Zhenfa needle technique is a way of influencing bodily functions by inserting needles in the Xue acupuncture points • Was popular in ancient times then forbidden in 1822 was rediscovered this century • Physician must be acquainted with the exact location of the Xue or can cause damage instead of cure

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Acupuncture Needles • Originally used 9 needles but now use many more • Needles originally made of bone stone or metal including gold or silver now they are made of stainless steel • Needles used differ in both length thickness • Smallest needles measure less than one inch but largest can be one foot in length • Needles can be inserted perpendicular or slanting • Speed of insertion depth of insertion differ • Once inserted needle may be turned pulled heated

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Set of Acupuncture Needles

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Documented Successes with Acupuncture • Acupuncture is combined with herbs in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue – considered a paradigm shift that causes damp heat latent heat Qi deficiency blood deficiency • Acupuncture used for Back pain – considered blood stagnation causing damp heat kidney pathologycan be anything from stones to deficiency in Yin or Yang • Acupuncture herbs successfully used for treatment of “Women’s problems” – Menopause PMS Pain occurring with menstruation and excessive flow or spotting

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More successful uses of Acupuncture • Lupus-acupuncture combined with herbal formulas for full recovery of patients • Sciatica-acupuncture combined with acupressure for full relief of pain • Varicose veins-acupuncture combined with hot herbal decoction to soak wash area to speed healing • Infertility-acupuncture has been combined with traditional Chinese medicine in the successful treatment of various causes of infertility in both male female patients

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Acupressure • Similar to Acupuncture in use of points but uses pressure instead of needles • Pressure on different points can relieve or cure many different ailments including pain in bones joints muscles nerves to blockages like carpal tunnel • Continued use will relieve many conditions that normally require surgery in Western countries

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Moxibustion • Application of very powerful pungent essence to strategic points • Mainly used in combination with Acupuncture • Moxibustion is the burning of the Moxa herb • Moxa particularly effective when patient is suffering from cold or dampness

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Moxibustion • Herb thought to be pure Yang in nature therefore suitable for warming • One method of treatment is burn herb rolled in paper a short distance from the skin along the track of the jing meridians • also burn over holes to allow to enter body as ears mouth nose

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Chinese Massage • Consists of internal external aspects • Influence conditions of the skin muscles • May be directed at the bones joints bloodfluid or other internal parts or functions • Uses techniques like chiropractic in the West • All parts of the body can be treated • Self-massage is form of this therapy

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There are eight fundamental techniques of massage from which all other forms derive • Tui pushing • Na grasping • An pressing or pushing downward • Qian pulling • Da beating • Dong moving • Mo rubbing • Gun rolling like waves

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Different systems of Massage • There are many combinations derived from the eight fundamental techniques of massage such as: – Tuina pushing grasping – Anmo pressing rubbing – Dianxue touching of the holes • Who techniques are practiced: – One hand Combination of hand foot – Two hands Using other parts of body – With feet Using a massage medium such as sticks rollers or herbal preparation

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Qigong • The skill of directing controlling Qi – Rapid development of Qigong is based on clinical results supported by scientific research • Includes methods similar to hypnosis psychotherapy trance laying of hands and magnetism • Is used for many things including the treatment of cancer • IS also the practice of exercise Physician must undergo a long period of body mind training before they are allowed to practice or teach

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Qigong continued • Physician uses concentration relaxation in his body to make his own qi flow in the direction he wishes he can transmit it into the patients body directly or by touching the person – When this is done magnetic bio-electrical reactions hormonal molecular changes occur – Greatest changes seem to be within body cells • Qigong physician is employed at every respectable hospital to teach patients health exercises both for rehabilitation or to prevent development of disease

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Chinese Herbal Medicine • The oldest medical book that mentions herbs is the Huang Di Nei Jing The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine • Book is dated to between 800 BC 200 BC • Compendium of medical theory practice attributed to Yellow Emperor thought to have lived c.4700 BC he may be a mythical character used to provide credence to the work though

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Period of the Nei Jing • This period one of great creativity change • Period of transition from shamanistic medicine to one based on theory accumulated knowledge of body • Book discusses theory of medicine knowledge even though it was suppose to have been written 2500 years prior to this • The 28 substances 12 prescriptions are the first mention of Chinese Herbal Medicine continues to be practiced today

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Herbology Other Medicines • Pharmacology is an ancient Chinese science • Ingredients used range from herbs to minerals to animal components – Almost anything within these boundaries is suitable for use in a medication

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Preparation of Medicine • When preparing medicines they take into consideration the basic compatibility or incompatibility of the different products the volume used the way it will be used orally or externally the restrictions prohibitions or counter-indications of the products

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Herbs • Unique strength of herbal therapies is that the prescription is made to order according to the needs of a specific person • A formula for one person for a headache will contain different ingredients for that person than it would for another person also with headaches • Ingredients are all natural • Can be without animal products for a vegetarian

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There are many uses of Ginkgo • Memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease other mental disorders from poor circulation-improves the memory mental acuity in many chronic brain syndromes • Circulation problems-improves the blood flow by reducing thickness in blood • The extract of the nut leaves of the Ginkgo tree are used. • Known as an excellent antioxidant

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New product used as a cure for Tumor or Cancer • New anti-cancer Chinese prescription proven recognized to have 80 curing rate in the final stages of Cancer patients in clinical tests all over China the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. Called “China No. 1 Tian Xian Liquid” – Has been documented to reduce or cure breast lumps – Breast cancer patients cancer spread to bone tissue yet after treatment patient returned to work – Colon cancer patient in final stage is cured

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How Chinese medicine is classified: Yaoxing-nature or Weidao-taste • Four qi siqi of medicine: – Han-cold – Re-hot – Wen-warm – Liang-cool • Medicine not fitting these categories are called pingxing yao neutral nature • Smell taste of medicines allow them to be be classed in other categories: – Suan-sour – Ku-bitter – Gan-sweet – Xin-pungent – Xian-salty – Dan-tasteless – Se-astringent

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How the medicines work: • Each every nature or taste influences the basic cause of disease and creates a change in the condition • The taste makes them harmonize with certain body functions through the relationships of the five agents they affect the functions either directly or indirectly

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How are medicines prepared • Choa-frying • Pao-roasting • Zhi-broiling • Zhi-roasting in a liquid including vinegar honey alcohol water etc. • Wei-stewing wrapped in wet paper or wet bread until outer material becomes dark

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Jiaofa • Jiaofa-horn-method where physician uses glass cups or bamboo segments heated on the inside by fire and stuck to parts of the patients body • Cup sticks tightly because of the vacuum created by the heat and dispels cold dampness from the body. It then warms the Qi and reduces swelling

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Yangsheng • This is the nourishment or cultivation of life • By taking care of one’s life daily influences or activities disease is prevented • Uses diet exercise • Uses martial arts even Yoga • Some knowledge of the body is required for this • Stresses the importance of uniting the Qi otherwise no single method will prolong life

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Mantras • Mantras are powerful therapeutic means to the Chinese • Are pronounced silently or aloud • Promotes health inner comfort • Mantras can have the opposite effect • Fu are talismans secret writing in red ink or blood on yellow paper given to the person were used to expel evil influences or as a spiritual means to make a person more in harmony with their surroundings

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Summary • The Chinese learned long age that the body was a circuitry of electrical impulses with a variety of critical points along the electrical pathways • A needle applied to the proper point energizes a particular organ • Believed emotional events create blocks in the circuitry must be relieved so energy flow can be restored

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Observation on ancient sciences • While Chinese were mapping the strategic points of the body the astrologers were mapping the skies. • Is there one source of wisdom and have the ancient Chinese astrologers been able to tap into it and turn this into their healing arts with the combination of both things

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