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Chinese Healthcare

The name Traditional Chinese Medicine is often abbreviated to TCM.

It includes not only the more familiar Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and Diet but also Tui Na - the less publicized hands-on therapy which is a complex medical massage and manipulation for adults and children as well Qigong and Taichi – healing exercises.

This powerful combination is mainstream medicine for over one fifth of the world's population. All branches of Chinese medicine aim at stimulating and balancing the body's intrinsic energies which the Chinese call Qi. Its secret is its ability to evolve to meet the healthcare needs of successive generations.

It must surely be the most tried and tested system of medicine in the world today. With such a rapid spread of traditional Chinese medicine in the West during recent years, there is obviously great interest in the subject.

At present in the UK, the Department of Health is in the process of introducing statutory regulation for Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, but sadly not for Tui Na. If regulation is needed for Osteopathy and Chiropractic, it most certainly is for Tui Na. I believe the Tui Na element should not be excluded from statutory regulation of TCM in the UK.

In China all students who wish to become practitioners, study TCM theory, Tui Na, Acupuncture and Herbs for five years before gaining a Bachelor degree. After 5 years they may choose to specialize in one of the main disciplines for their Masters.

In 2000, I made my eighth trip to China accompanied by my daughter Gina and a professional cameraman. The aim of the trip was to film material that could be edited into a five part series on Traditional Chinese Medicine in its own cultural context of 21st Century China.

I first went to Shanghai in 1992 and over the years whilst studying Chinese Medicine, built up friendly relationships with Chinese doctors in hospitals around the country. This gave me an entree to hospitals that I as a Westerner would have found almost impossible to achieve since the Chinese are very protective and secretive about their traditional medicine.

My aim was to film the 5 different branches of traditional medicine in action. I believe my in-depth experience of first hand traditional medicine is unique and the footage that I have acquired reflects this. Over the course of this series, I introduce a different way of overcoming and preventing illness.

I show Chinese medicine in action in all its different forms and how incredibly effective it is especially when used in combination and all this without any side effects.

Buy Chinese Healthcare DVDs, showing Acupuncture, Tui Na for Adults, Tui Na for Children, Food & Herbs, Qigong and Tai Chi and Five Animals Qigong Routines as practiced in China.

About Maria Mercati

Maria is a leader in developing a system of integrated Oriental bodywork (based on Chinese, Thai and Indonesian massage and manipulation) and in combination with acupuncture. It is a unique and powerful fusion of therapies that makes possible the treatment of a wide range of health problems as well as the maintenance of good health.

She teaches these courses at the BODYHARMONICS® School in Cheltenham and is also the best selling author of “Step-by-Step Tui Na”, “Tui Na for a healthy Brighter Child” and “Thai Massage”. She has also produced a series of videos to accompany her books.

Contact Maria by email - maria@bodyharmonics.co.uk or by telephoning 01242 582168

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