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Chinese Massage for Anaemia

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Last Updated Sep 17, 2020

The role of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its several branches are widely recognised in the healthcare industry for their unique abilities in relieving people of their ailments without the use of synthetic medicine. Chinese massage is among the more popular aspects of TCM, known for its healing prowess and numerous benefits for various conditions including anaemia.

What is Chinese Massage?

Chinese massage is an ancient bodywork system that balances the Qi, or vital life force, to maintain optimal health and wellness. There are several types of Chinese massage styles, but the more common ones are Tuina (pronounced twi-nah) and Zhi Ya (pronounced ja-yaa). The first is similar to deep tissue massage with an element of aromatherapy as it makes use of salves or essential oils. The second massage style is based on acupressure as it focuses on pinching and pressing the acupuncture points.

If you're seeing a Chinese massage therapist for a blood deficiency condition like anaemia, you can expect the therapist to more likely perform a Tuina massage on you. This kind of massage follows the principle of acupuncture by stimulating specific acupoints on the body that correspond to the organs that are responsible for producing red blood cells and maintaining their health. 

What are the Benefits of Chinese Massage?

As well as relieving stress and promoting relaxation, Chinese massage helps alleviate a range of physical and emotional conditions, including:

  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory problems
  • Insomnia
  • Blood circulation
  • Joint immobility

How Can Chinese Massage Help With Anaemia?

Anaemia is a condition in which you have inadequate red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to different organs and tissues in your body. Several factors can lead to anaemia, including iron deficiency, excessive blood loss due to surgery or menstruation, and pregnancy, among others. However, the condition manifests the same symptoms in everyone who has it, and these include:

  • Pale skin
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore tongue

Receiving Chinese massage, particularly Tuina, can help stimulate the production of red blood cells. Additionally, this massage can do wonders for your energy levels as it manipulates the meridians to improve the flow of Qi throughout your body.

Because it works pretty much like acupuncture, your massage therapist will focus on different acupoints on your body, specifically on the hands and feet, which are linked to the spleen and other internal organs to increase your red blood cells, hemoglobin levels and blood circulation.

Besides maintaining a diet rich in iron, folic acid, and vitamins B12 and C, getting regular massage therapy from a certified Chinese massage therapist can help relieve the symptoms of anaemia and other health problems which these may lead to if left untreated.

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Originally published on Aug 26, 2020

FAQs About Anaemia & Massage Therapy

Is massage good for anaemia?

Certain types of massage can help alleviate the symptoms of anaemia. Massage promotes blood circulation, which is what a person with anaemia needs besides increased iron levels. Acupressure, shiatsu, stone therapy and Chinese massage are some massage styles that are beneficial to their condition.

How does massage increase red blood cells?

Specific massage styles help increase red blood cells by stimulating blood production and iron absorption. Acupressure and Chinese massage are a couple of recommended massage styles for healthy blood and energy circulation.

Which massage is best for blood circulation?

Chinese massage helps eliminate blockages in the energy pathways, hence improving blood circulation. In addition to this holistic bodywork, a Swedish massage may be a good option as its ability to reduce muscle contraction allows blood to flow freely throughout the body.

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