The benefits of pediatric tuina
Chinese pediatric massage helps restore Qi circulation in children, treating many health problems without the need for medication. Pediatric tuina can treat a variety of health problems, including:
What is pediatric tuina?
Pediatric tuina (or Chinese pediatric massage) uses gentle manipulations and stimulations to restore balance and treat health problems affecting young children. Based on the principle that the internal functions of the body are connected to the surface by a network of channels (the meridians), pediatric tuina massage acts on the internal functions and restores the balance of the internal organs by manipulating certain points or zones to the body surface.
An ancient method
References to pediatric massage (pediatric tuina or xiao’er tuina) in the Chinese medical literature go back to the Neijing (Classical Internal), the oldest and most authoritative document on Chinese medicine. However, therapeutic massage for children gained prominence in Chinese medicine during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1664). At that time, several books were published on this art. Pediatric tuina is based on the same theories as Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
A treatment adapted to the physiology of children
Chinese doctors realized very early in the history of medicine that children were immature physiologically, anatomically and energetically. They understood that acupuncture points and meridians as defined in adults are not the same in children.
One of the characteristics of children is that they change quickly. The disease can manifest itself and progress very quickly and the return to health can be just as fast. They do not need very strong stimulations to bring them back to health. This is especially true for the majority of minor disorders that affect children. It is for this reason that pediatric tuina can give surprising results for minor diseases that affect children without side effects. In fact, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People’s Republic of China drew an official paper to promote the practice of pediatric tuina in order to decrease the use of antibiotics in children under the age of 12.