Chinese therapeutic foot massage (reflexology) is one of China’s ancient methods of massage. It has a long standing history. Long ago in antiquity people found that by using their hands or other implements, pain and discomfort caused by external trauma or certain illnesses could be relieved to some extent by touching and pressing certain areas of the foot. They also found that fatigue could be relieved by washing the feet with hot water.
Through repetition they eventually discovered certain patterns. Through constant summarizing, a diagnostic method was formulated and massage techniques created, enabling them to treat disease and strengthen the body.
Therapeutic foot massage experienced a very long process of development. During the Warring States (475-221 B.C) period it was already considerable popular, and had a very good curative effect. In the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220) the famous doctor Hua Tuo (? – 203) attached great importance to the foot. He researched and created Wuqinxi (Five animal frolics) – a type of Qigong in which the movements imitate five types of animals namely; tiger, bear, monkey, dear and bird.
After the Tang and Song dynasties, this valuable method of treatment was gradually excluded from orthodox medical science, nevertheless it remained in written records, such as ‘Shengji zonglu’ (Complete record of holy benevolence), a monumental work consisting of 200 volumes of which only 26 volumes are still in existence. It was compiled by staff and physicians under imperial orders and completed around 1111-1117 and covers every branch of healing arts. By this time Therapeutic foot massage therapy had already spread to Japan where it became known as ‘Zuxin dao’ (The way of the foot’s heart).
At the end of the Qing dynasty, due to foreign forces in China, a vast quantity of literature drained out of the country and found its way abroad. At around this time therapeutic foot massage spread to Europe and America, where it took on some changes and became known as Reflexology.
Therapeutic foot massage may be used to treat many common illnesses such as: common cold, headache, insomnia, dizziness, high & low blood pressure, coronary heart disease, constipation, chronic gastritis, diarrhea, nervous breakdown, asthma, diabetes, acute & chronic hepatitis, chronic nephritis, impotence, enuresis, anorexia, infantile convulsions, dysmenorrhoea, menstrual disorders, women’s diseases, morning sickness, infertility, prolapse of uterus, hemorrhoids, acne, eczema, hair loss, acute mastitis, chronic lumbago, arthritis, shoulder pain, neck pain, heel pain, knee pain, enlarged prostate, mouth sores, toothache, tonsillitis, sinusitis, short-sightedness, long-sightedness and so on.
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