Chinese Meridian Massage

Hands On Healing

A meridian massage is a form of massage therapy based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Also known in China as “tuina”, it is widely practiced in hospitals in China as an adjunct treatment along with other forms of Chinese medicine for many diseases.

Tuina describes the various hand forms used to stimulate related acupuncture points, channels and muscles of the body.

Our Chinese medicine practitioners may integrate meridian massage into your treatment plan together with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

However, a meridian massage can also be used alone to improve circulation and relax tense muscles.

What to expect from a meridian massage?

Our meridian massage practitioners are experienced at finding tension in your body and identifying which acupuncture meridians are excessive, deficient or stagnant.

Stagnation and imbalances in the acupuncture channels and their related internal organs are the source of many physical symptoms according to Chinese medicine.

During a meridian massage treatment, your body’s meridians and points are stimulated through touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques (instead of needles) to improve circulation, promote healing and relieve symptoms such as tension and pain.

Together with traditional Chinese medicine, meridian massage treats each person as a whole, not just the individual parts of their physical body.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific research on Meridian Massage. It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2020, Aug

A systematic review of Tuina for irritable bowel syndrome: Recommendations for future trials
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Tuina combined with RTs may be superior to RTs for improving overall symptom of IBS-diarrhea. Due to the existing methodological issues and the heterogeneity of Tuina manipulation, current findings need to be confirmed in large scale, multicenter, and robust randomized trials (especially on outcome assessing blinding and allocation concealment).

Fan-Long Bu, Mei Han, Chun-Li Lu, Xue-Han Liu, Wei-Guang Wang, Jing-Ling Lai, Xing-Hua Qiu, Bai-Xiang He, Han Zhang, Nicola Robinson, Yu-Tong Fei, Jian-Ping Liu Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

2020, May

Tuina for cervical vertigo: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Tuina might improve the effectiveness rate and ESCV scores in patients with CV. However, the level of all the available evidence was low, and larger-scale and well-designed RCTs should be encouraged.

Fan Huang, Siyi Zhao, Lin Dai, Zitong Feng, Zhennan Wu, Jia Chen, Rusong Guo, Qiang Tian, Zhiyong Fan, Shan Wu Full Article


2019, Aug

Acupoint-tuina therapy promotes lactation in postpartum women with insufficient milk production who underwent caesarean sections

During the early postpartum days, Tuina therapy increases the milk production and promotes other physiological changes supporting lactation for postpartum women with C-section delivery and insufficient breast milk production. The novel intervention is warranted for further investigation and validation.

Lu P, Ye ZQ, Qiu J, Wang XY, Zheng JJ Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2019, Jan

Shiatsu for chronic lower back pain: Randomized controlled study
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

This study concluded that shiatsu is highly effective for chronic lower back pain. Compared to other complementary alternative medicines and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs treatments, Shiatsu therapy is valuable for improvement of quality of life score (e.g. less long term fatigue) among patients.

Kobayashi D, Shimbo T, Hayashi H, Takahashi O Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

2018, Mar

To evaluate whether tuina is more effective and cost-effective in reducing pain compared to no intervention in patients with chronic neck pain.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

An additional treatment with six tuina sessions over 3 weeks was effective, safe and relatively cost-effective for patients with chronic neck pain. A future trial should compare tuina to other best care options.

Daniel Pach, Mike Piper, Fabian Lotz, Thomas Reinhold, Mirja Dombrowski, Yinghui Chang, Bin Liu, Susanne Blödt, Gabriele Rotter, Katja Icke, and Claudia M. Witt. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2017, Dec 26

Chuna (or Tuina) Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This systematic review suggests that C(T)MT is safe and effective for pain reduction and functional improvement for musculoskeletal diseases; however, the evidence for functional improvement was not as strong as for pain reduction. For future studies, high-quality RCTs such as sham-controlled studies with standardized interventions are needed to provide sufficient evidence on the effects of C(T)MT for musculoskeletal diseases.

Nam-Woo Lee, Gee-Heon Kim, In Heo, Koh-Woon Kim, In-Hyuk Ha, Jun-Hwan Lee, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Byung-Cheul Shin Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2016, Apr

Treating low back pain resulted from lumbar degenerative instability using Chinese Tuina combined with core stability exercises: A randomized controlled trial
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Chinese Tuina combined with core stability exercises has better effect than Tuina alone in treating low back pain resulted from low-grade lumbar degenerative instability.

Shujie Tang, Xiuling Qian, Yingjie Zhang, Yuanmei Liu Full Article

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

2015, Oct 15

Optimization of parameters of Yi Zhi Chan Tuina manipulation promotes peripheral circulation
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine The China Association of Chinese Medicine & Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences

Yi Zhi Chan Tuina manipulation with vertical force of 9.31 N for 10 min is most effective in improving peripheral circulation.

Fang Lei, Fang Min, Jiang Shichao, Chen Hua Full Article

Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry

2015, Sep 30

Trends of Tuina Therapy on Depression and Its Efficacy -based on CNKI-
Journal of Oriental Neuropsychiatry The Korean Society of Oriental Neuropsychiatry

Tuina therapy has a valid therapeutic effect on depression according to studies published in China; if evidence accumulates from high-quality studies, it can be considered a non-pharmacologic treatment for depression in Korean medicine, as well.

Kwon, C.-Y., Choi, E.-J., Kim, J.-W., & Chung, S.-Y. Full Article

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

2014, Jun

Chinese massage (Tuina) for the treatment of essential hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

The findings from our review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with essential hypertension, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies. Future studies should adhere to high-quality RCTs with long follow-up for demonstrating the effectiveness of Tuina for inpatients with essential hypertension.

Xiaochen Yang, Hong Zhao, Jie Wang Full Article

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