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13 copetina libro rosso rame dvdlogosito Tuina Textbook fundamentals and treatment strategies (updating)

by Lidia Crespi, Paolo Ercoli, Vito Marino Editing by Paolo Ercoli

CEA Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Forward by Giulia Boschi

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Textbook with 3 DVDs enclosed: Basic Handling  of Tuina (66 min.)– Tuina Mobilizations and tractions (yaofa and Bashenfa) of Tuina (43 min.) – Sequences for Tuina practice (65 min.)

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How is it possible to set out specific Tuina sequences for every single case? And to choose which moves  are to be used and in which order? How and when will the complementary techniquesbe included in a treatment? Which principles are to be followed to build effective and correct sequences?

In order to answer those questions the authors have written this book on Tuina where they show an innovative didactic programme, leading the reader to understand which strategy of treatment should be adopted.

The book starts with  explanations about the moves, mobilizations, tractions (with the help of video supports in the three DVDs) and complementary techniques.

In the second part the energetic actions of the moves are defined, as well as the principles to tone up and reduce, the six modes of work; it is then explained how to put all those elements together to perform an individualized plan of treatment.

This programme will be concluded by five examples where the method described is applied step by step, leading the reader in acquiring a correct reasoning.

The book devotes a wide section to Qigong for Tuina operators and to professional deontology for non-medical operators.

This work is dedicated to Tuina operators to students in this discipline and in Chinese medicine, to the operators in various holistic techniques, to guide them in learning, understanding and appreciating Tuina. A new and serious book about Tuina.

Table of contents

(click on links to get a preview of chapters! ).





by Giulia Boschi



Structure of the book

Structure of videos



What is Tuina

How and why it works

Indications and precautions in Tuina practice

Tuina in China and in Italy

Definition of the non-medical operator’s professional profile.


Tuina and Qigong by Ramon Testa


Qigong: basis of a high-level Tuina  practice

Intention (Yi) in Tuina

Qi in Tuina

Form (Xing) in  Tuina

Strength (Li) in Tuina

Qigong and emission of Qi (Faqi)



Part 1 – Fundamentals


Chapter 1. Classification of Tuina techniques

Index of names and categories

Synoptic table of classification


Chapter 2.  Study of the execution of Tuina techniques

Moves: presentation of papers about the performance

Execution of moves: didactic papers (complete anfa! fentuifa, roufa, tuifa, zhuofa)

Summary of the different executions of moves

Yaofa mobilizations: presentation of papers concerning the performance

Execution of Bashenfa tractions: didactic papers.


Chapter 3. Sequences for Tuina practice

Sequence 1 - Back (face downwards)

Sequence 2 -  Legs (face upwards)

Sequence 3 -  Legs (face downwards)

Sequence 4 -  Shoulders and arms (sitting position)

Sequence 5 -  Shoulders and head (sitting position)

Sequence 6 -  Abdomen (face upwards)

Part 2 – Treatment strategies

Chapter 4. Carrying out an effective treatment

Energetic assessment

Principles of treatment

Choice of Points


Suggestions after treatment (i.e., what to do between sessions)




Condition of operator

Chapter 5. Toning up and reduction during the execution of manoeuvres

Tonifing and reduction principles

Nature of the manoeuvre

Intensity of the manoeuvre

Duration of the manoeuvre

Execution in toning up and reduction: didactic papers (anfa, anroufa)


Chapter 6. Energetic action of the manoeuvres


Definition of elective indication, actions, effects

Definition of terminology used  for actions and effects

Energetic action of the manoeuvres: didactic papers (anfa, anroufa)


Chapter 7 Complementary techniques: execution and action



Materials and  forms of the cups: advantages and disadvantages


Method of application of the cups

Techniques for the use of the cups


Types of moxa on sale


Prescriptions for moxa: performance in toning up and reduction

Using moxa techniques  in its main forms

Guasha or Guafa

Technique to use blackthorn flower-like hammer

Complementary techniques: didactic papers (intermittent cupping)

Summing up elective directions

Summing up of all techniques according to  main energetic actions


Chapter 8  The six ways to work


Work on stretching out

Work on the muscular system

Work on acupoints and areas

Work along lines

Work on articulations

Work on “Qi dynamics”

The six ways to work: didactic papers

Summing up the techniques for the six ways to work


Chapter 9  How to form a sequence of treatment


Time structure: the three stages of treatment

Opening  stage

Central stage

Closing stage

An outline of work to choose the sequences of Tuina treatment

Example 1: internal deficit case

Example 2: external excess and internal deficit case  (pain can be treated locally)

Example 3: internal excess case (pain cannot be treated locally)

Example 4: external excess case (pain cannot be treated locally)

Example 5: internal excess case (pain can be treated locally)

Chapter 10  Reactions connected with the execution of a treatment


Customer’s reactions

Operator’s reactions


Part 3 – The Tuina operator’s professional deontology


Chapter 11  The non-medical operator’s professional deontology


By Pietro Malnati


Ethics and moral

Ethics and State laws

Deontological codes: contents

Relationship with other professions

Relationship with colleagues

Relationship with customers

Deontological codes: sanctions

Ethics and responsibility


Chapter 12 Association of Tuina-Qigong Operators: profile and deontological code


OTTO: free professional association

Operators  with Tuina-Qigong and Oriental Techniques

OTTO’s deontological code for non-medical operators

Appendix to deontological code.