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Tuina Confidence

There is a lot that can be said about the many modalities of massage, but my personal favourite is Tuina Chinese medical acupressure.

Tuina (pronounced twee nah) falls under the category of Qi Gong acupressure which is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy and medical Qi Gong). Tuina literally means “Push Grasp”. This method of massage was developed by Chinese healers over the course of several centuries. Often referred to as “sports massage” but it is so much more than that. In China, Tuina is practiced in the largest hospitals integrated with Western medicine to treat both external conditions from broken bones, frozen shoulders, tennis elbows to Internal conditions like Headaches, PMS, Dizziness, Insomnia.

I have used Tuina to help ease the pain of Migraine, Sciatica, as well as other chronic pain conditions. My patients report they have never had such powerful, moving massage before and prefer Tuina to Swedish or Deep Tissue massage. I personally prefer it because it allows me to affect a more penetrating release for my patients without the pain usually attributed to therapeutic massage.

Tuina can be used to treat ailments in children as well. The meridians in a child’s body are not fully developed, so a much milder treatment than for an adult and Tuina is a very suitable substitute for acupuncture because of this. In my own clinic I have treated children as well as adults. While practicing in Guo Yi Tang Hospital, in Beijing, I had an 8 month old child patient who had a haemorrhage in the brain. Her doctors told the parents that they should let the child go as she may not survive the trauma and the prognosis was not good. As a last resort, the parents brought their child to the hospital and I was assigned to treat her. When I met the parents and child, I was disheartened by her condition. She had no spirit in her eyes, she was totally still and silent except for the activity of the respirator and other apparatuses attached to her. At that moment my confidence in Tuina was severely tested and I have to admit I said a few prayers as well. I remembered an acupressure protocol from my very first teacher in Taiwan “Hung Shui Chen” and I used it every day. By the end of one week the spirit had returned to the little girl’s eyes.

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Hypertension in the Ping-Yang Seaweed Culture Unit in the Province of Zhejiang, China, 110 cases of hypertension were treated by seaweed root powder; in 19 cases (17.3 percent), diastolic blood pressure was reduced by over 20mm of mercury and in 65 cases (5 9.1 percent), diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 10 to 19mm or to lower than 90mm of mercury and systolic blood pressure reduced by more than 20mm of mercury. The report concluded that the total effective rate of 76.4 percent was achieved and that seaweed roots are waste materials, readily available without any side effects, thus making the therapy both effective and economical. In a clinical report, 30 to 40g dried peanut plants were boiled to make tea as a daily dosage for 2 weeks; patients were instructed to drink the tea from peanut plants on an irregular basis after blood pressure returned to normal. Twenty cases of hypertension were treated by this method; the majority showed improvements within 3 days with a significant decrease in blood pressure (the mean value-systolic pressure was reduced by 29mm and diastolic pressure by 30mm of mercury). A patient of hypertension in Tianjin, China, wrote to an editor to say that he had been suffering from hypertension with dizziness and constipation for many years but had been unable to find a cure; subsequently, he began to eat 5 bananas every day, which eventually cured his disease.

A Chinese physician reported a 49-year-old female patient suffered from hypertension with occasional constipation, headache and dizziness; she had taken honey for 2 months, which reduced her blood pressure to normal and cured her constipation as well.

There are basically 3 ways to cope with hypertension, according to the Chinese Nutritional Therapy.

First, eat more foods that can soften the blood vessels, such as kelp, sea grass, mung bean sprouts, fruits and others, to prevent arteriosclerosis.

Second, use vegetable oils such as sesame, peanut, olive, sunflower and corn oil, instead of animal fats and oils to reduce the level of cholesterol; and avoid foods with a high cholesterol level, such as egg yolk, liver and kidneys.

Third, eat more foods that can reduce blood pressure, such as celery, hawthorn fruit, banana and persimmon.


  • Wash 500g fresh celery and squeeze out the juice; mix the juice with 50ml honey in a small pan. Divide and drink twice a day for 15 days. Leave a gap of 20 days and repeat.
  • Soak mung beans in water overnight; the next day, boil with an equal amount of seaweed and some rice. This recipe should be consumed on a regular basis.
  • Eat 1 to 2 fresh tomatoes on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for 15 days. Repeat from time to time as a treatment program. This is also good for constipation.
  • Cook 2 fresh tomatoes with 3 stalks of celery as soup; season with a little salt and drink this narural simple soup once a week.
  • Chop 750g water chestnuts and 750g radishes; squeeze out the juice; mix with a few teaspoonfuls honey. Drink the juice twice a day, half of the portion each time.
  • Fry 20g kelp with 20 black soybeans; boil kelp and soybeans in 3 cups water until water is reduced by half. Eat as soup.

I recommend that you regularly eat seaweed, mung beans, hawthorn fruit, clams and mung bean sprouts.

These suggestions are not a substitute for medical advice, if you are unwell.

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is characterized by a red, greasy, scaly rash that is usually found on the face, especially around the nose, forehead, chin and in the eyebrows.

Other common sites include the armpit, groin and the skin over the breast bone (sternum) in the middle of the chest.
While the precise cause of Seborrhoeic dermatitis is not known for sure, it often seems to be related to an overgrowth of the yeast organism Candida Albicans in the system. If the rash is itchy, then this is a bit of a clue that Candida may be the underlying factor.

Nutritional Supplements.

Taking a B-complex supplement each day can sometimes benefit seborrheic dermatitis. Another useful natural approach is vitamin B6 cream (10mg of B6 per gram of cream). One study showed that B6 cram could be quite effective in controlling seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

According to Chinese Nutritional Therapy, you can take either or both of these to treat this condition.

1: Bamboo Soup
Boil 100g Bamboo shoots & 2 cloves of garlic in 1lt water. Simmer for 15 minutes, Season with white
and black pepper.
Drink in evening
Eat Bamboo shoots

2: Chinese Cabbage Drink
When the condition is active.
Squeeze 1 to 2 Chinese cabbages to obtain the juice, warm it. Drink the juice twice a day for 10 days.


Influenza Soup

Here’s a really great soup to treat the colds and flues that seem to be so prevalent this year. Boil 10g yellow soybeans in water for 15 minutes; add 30g parsley and boil again for 15 minutes. Drink the soup and stay in bed to perspire.

What is Yin Deficiency

What is Yin? 

Yin is the opposite and yet complimentary partner Yang. The theory of Yin Yang is a very important concept in Chinese medicine. When we look at the classic Yin Yang or Tai Ji symbol, it depicts a balance between Black and White. Yin, represented by black, includes the characteristics of night, shadows, anything damp or wet, it is dense and cold. Yang represented by white, includes the characteristics of sunlight, daytime, warmth, dryness, energetic substances. It is at one understanding very simple yet at another interpretation, one of the most complex academic theories in Chinese medicine. Yin and yang are complementary and cannot exist without each other. They are constantly changing into each other.

Generally speaking, in our bodies, Yin is the deepest aspect of our body. Yin is considered the foundation of blood or deeper body substance that creates blood. All of the organs are separated into Yin and Yang organs. Our Yin organs are the more dense, solid organs, such as the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, spleen. The Yang organs are considered hollow; such as the small intestine, large intestine, bladder, and gallbladder. Yin is influenced by time of day, with twilight and night time being considered a Yin time. Sleep is a yin activity.

When the Yin of your body is healthy, your energy cycles are in perfect balance throughout the day. Your sleep is peaceful, for approximately eight hours a night. You will have adequate energy to complete your work. The Yin, like your blood, will help anchor your emotions, and it will be easy to manage stressful environments, demanding jobs, etc without feeling triggered into a stress response.

Signs and Symptoms of Yin Deficiency

  • Spontaneous afternoon sweats
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes (Flushes)–especially in the afternoon and evening
  • Five palm Heat— meaning the palms of your hands, soles of your feet, or all of the above will feel hot periodically throughout the day. You may feel yourself having to kick your feet out from under the blankets throughout the night when this happens.
  • Difficulty staying asleep or frequent waking throughout the night
  • Dry hair, dry skin, dry mucus membranes
  • Fatigue — deeper than the blood deficiency fatigue
  • Frequent urination during the day
  • Frequent nocturnal urination

What causes Yin Deficiency? 

Yin deficiency can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Living in a dry climate can slowly deplete Yin. Excessive sweating and exercise, stress, living in an extremely noisy environment, long periods of worry, and overconsumption of hot spices, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, other drugs, and refined foods, will also drain Yin.

Most chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, and wasting diseases will either start out with a Yin deficiency clinical picture or will develop Yin deficiency in conjunction with other symptoms. These cases are inherently more complicated and need supervision of a trained health care provider.


This factsheet is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media. #jamushur


5 Simple Tips to a Healthy Weight


Chinese Medicine Helps Achieve a Healthy Weight

Traditional Chinese Medicine, dates back over 5000 years. Today, it is just as valid and useful in helping us achieve our health goals, and can help your journey towards a healthy weight.

There are many medical research studies into the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine for a healthy weight, and especially in weight loss suggests that its approach can inhibit the production of body fat, improve intestinal peristalsis to increase bowel movement, boost blood circulation, and speed up the metabolism. Herbal medicine, Acupuncture and Tuina Acupressure each play a key role in this endeavour, but here are five things you can do on your own to support your weight loss efforts.

Eat more Bitter foods.

I recommend replacing sweet and starch foods with eating bitter foods. Bitter is one of the five flavours in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Five are bitter, spicy/pungent, sweet, salty, and sour/astringent. It is one of the main flavours that help with weight loss because bitter tastes are difficult to overeat and help to purge the bowels, including flushing toxins from the body. Bitter flavours also increase digestive enzyme secretion, which improves our sense of satiety or feelings that we are full. Examples of bitter foods include cucumber, bitter melon, asparagus, and some lettuces.

Promote the Smooth Flow of your Qi daily

Qi is the life-force or energy that nourishes all life in Chinese theory. Our Qi can become stagnant or blocked in the body leading to ‘dampness’ or build ups or mucus or water retention. It is important to move Qi to clear stagnation and improve normal metabolic processes. Qi can be encouraged to flow freely with exercise. It’s not really important which exercise you do, as a 30-minute brisk walk moving the hands as well as the feet, will achieve the smooth flow of Qi in the body. Taichi, TaiQi, Qi Gong, Yoga and certain breath work can also help. Herbs can greatly improve the flow of Qi, as well as nourish certain body functions of metabolising food. Acupuncture can help also.

Drink Powerful Herbal Drink

Drinking the wrong liquid calories, whether from juice, sugary and soft drinks should not be part of a healthy diet, not to mind a weight loss plan. Traditional Chinese Medicine advises a different positive habit, suggesting you replace those drinks with herbal drinks. Tea has been used for millennia in China to support fat metabolism and prevent stagnation of bowels, toxins, fat, and Qi. The various types of tea, (Green, White, Black, Red and Herbals) is the go-to drink in China after consuming a high-fat meal. We advise the most powerful herbal formula to make a simple to use herbal drink in teabag form, called Teatox. Chinese herbs such as lotus leaf, cassia seeds, Chinese hawthorn, and Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum odoratum) are traditionally used for weight loss. Smiling Body Teatox is a herbal formula in a simple teabag form, made up of these powerful herbs that can be taken daily to help reduce weight. Chinese Nutritional Therapy has shown that there are foods that help move Qi and these include green tea, celery, Job’s Tears, and melon, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.

Balance your Water Consumption

Traditional Chinese Medicine advises to drink 1 litre of warm water early in the morning as it helps to prime the system, flush the bowels, and reawaken the metabolic processes. It further suggests to drink a further 3 litres of warm water over the rest of the day.

Traditional Chinese Medicine cautions against eating cold foods or drinking cold water, as it causes the digestive process to slow down, while your body uses vital energy to warm the food and water for metabolism, which can lead to stagnation.

Use acupressure points to suppress hunger


There are so many acupoints located on the body, and your therapist will advise you to stimulate certain points daily to improve digestion and promote the smooth flow of energy.

Tuina-Healthy-Weight-EarThere is an area located on the tiny triangle (or diamond) of cartilage that’s in front of the entrance to the ear canal are two powerful points for reducing appetite. Pinch that bit of cartilage intermittently for 30-90 seconds starting about 10-20 minutes before meals, or whenever you feel uncharacteristically hungry to prevent overeating. You can pinch either or both ears.


Incorporate these principles into your healthy lifestyle and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal weight.


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