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A recent study by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PMID: 3295646) indicates that up to 25% of pregnant women in Malaysia suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a nerve disorder marked by numbness of the fingers and a decrease in hand function.

Although Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often treated with medication and surgery, there’s growing evidence that the traditional Chinese treatments of Tui Na acupressure massage and acupuncture may be a more effective treatment regime for the disorder.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Long practiced in traditional Chinese medicine, Tui Na involves using bodywork (such as massage and acupressure) to stimulate the flow of vital energy throughout the body.

Tui Na helps stimulate the flow of vital energy or Qi throughout tthe body. According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, health problems occur when the flow of Qi is blocked at any point along a meridian (an invisible line that connects your organs with other parts of the body). By removing these blockages, Tui Na aids in restoring the body’s balance of Qi and, in turn, improves health.

Research on Tui Na and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome includes a 2010 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PMID: 20397458). In tests on nearly 100 people with carpal tunnel syndrome, researchers found that those assigned to the combination therapy of Tui Na and acupuncture experienced greater improvements than members of a control group given medication.

Tui Na is generally considered safe when administered by a trained professional. However, it’s important for people with cancer and certain chronic conditions (including heart disease and arthritis) to consult their physician prior to undergoing Tui Na and other forms of bodywork.

It’s also important to note that Tui Na is a complementary therapy and is not meant to replace standard care for a chronic condition or major illness but to supplement such treatments.

 


Sources :

Asia Pacific Family Medicine 2012, Volume 11, Issue 1: http://www.apfmj.com/content/11/1/1
Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2010; Volume 30, Issue 1: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20397458

Tui Na & Acupuncture Effective For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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