Paediatric Tuina

Why do children fall sick easily?

The body constitution of children are delicate as their organs and immune system have not yet fully developed, making them more vulnerable to diseases. Furthermore, children who do not practise regular meal times and snack between meals are more susceptible to digestive illnesses. Frequent illnesses impede proper absorption of nutrients, which could eventually lead to poor health and growth.

What is Paediatric Tuina?

Paediatric tuina is the combination of a variety of safe, non-invasive therapeutic methods to bring about treatment, growth, and prevention of diseases in children.

Techniques used include:

  • Gentle strokes
  • Kneading
  • Rubbing
  • Acupressure

These techniques can help to promote blood and ‘qi’ circulation in the body, as well as to regulate organ functions, achieve pain relief, and improve general health and well-being.

Here are some examples:

What is it used for?

Predominantly done for children between the ages of 6 months – 7 years old, paediatric tuina can be used for the following conditions:


Why Paediatric Tuina?

Paediatric tuina might be more readily accepted by children as it does not involve bitter medication or injections. It is an external massage done by physicians to stimulate meridians and/or acupoints to bring about changes in the child’s body, essentially boosting the child’s immune system to fight their own diseases.

Tuina is more effective for children because their acupoints are more pronounced than adults, making it easier to stimulate the meridians through acupressure. As we age, other types of treatment methods such as acupuncture would then be needed to bring about similar effects. Additionally, special unique meridians and acupoints can be found in the child’s hand, thus allowing for the efficacy of paediatric tuina.

Regular tuina (1-2 times a week) can help to boost the child’s immune system, leading to better growth and healthier children.


How is it done?

Before treatment is done, the physician would have to diagnose your child’s illness before customising a treatment method for your child. Typically, paediatric tuina starts from the palms of the hands, the upper limbs, head, body, and then to the lower limbs. Different illnesses will require different treatment methods, hence do not be surprised when your child receives a different combination of tuina techniques from another child.

Each treatment lasts around 15-30 minutes depending on condition, age and cooperation of the child.

Note: Paediatric Tuina cannot be used to replace Western Medicine especially in emergency cases such as contagious diseases. However, during the recovery phase, paediatric tuina can be administered to aid in recovery.


Common tuina massages to do at home

For locating where the acupoints are, do use your child’s fingers to measure.

To improve digestive system

Massage Zu San Li ST36 足三里穴 for 1 minute
– Four fingers below the knee cap, one thumb spacing away from the tibia

Massage Tian Shu ST25 天枢穴 for 1 minute
– Two thumb spacing from the navel


For runny nose or blocked nose

Massage Ying Xiang LI20 迎香穴 for 3 minutes
– At the outermost point of the nostril, along the nasolabial groove

Massage Taiyang EX-HN5 太阳穴 for 1 minute
– At the depression point of the temple


To boost immune system

Starting from the bottom of the spine, grab folds of skin on both sides of the spine and roll upwards towards the top of the spine. Do this for 5 times daily.

Article by Physician Sheryl Tay

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.


4 thoughts on “Paediatric Tuina”

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    Hi i am mr koh i would to find out more tuina massage for my kid 4.5 years old as she alway fall sick and immune system not so good i find . I would like someone can help me with this something like yu guo that can do good tuina massage for kid

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