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Examplees of TCM health care for Specific Regions

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The extremities are the important organs of the human being in bodily movement. Whether the life force of the body is great or not is closely associated with the state of these organs. Accordingly, people should attach importance to the health care of the extremities.

Health care of the upper limbs

Swinging the hands

Clench the both fists gently and swing the upper limbs from the front to the back, first to the left side, then to the right side. Afterwards, drop the upper limbs at the two sides of the body and swing the hands. Repeat the above movements for 24 times respectively. The exercise has the actions of limbering up the muscles and joints, promoting qi flow and blood circulation of meridians and collaterals, making the upper limbs healthy. It may prevent the joint diseases of the shoulder, elbow and wrist, regulate qi and blood, prevent and cure hypertension.


Rub the palms against each other until they get warm. Then, place the palmar side of the fingers of the one hand on the back of the fingers of the other hand and rub to and from the tips of the fingers to the wrist until the local warm sensation appears. At this time, alternate the hand to do the exercise again. Afterwards, rub the medial upper limb with the palm from the wrist to the armpit, and again rub the lateral upper limb from the shoulder to the wrist. This is one cycle. Repeat the cycle for 24 times. Do the exercise once respectively before bed time in the evening and in the early morning after waking. This method may promote muscular blood circulation, increase metabolism and the absorption of nutrients, make the skin healthy, moist and free from wrinkles, the hand soft, moist and healthy, prevent and cure frostbite.

health care of the lower limbs

Exercising the lower limbs

Swinging the leg in a standing position: Put one hand against the wall or tree and stand with one leg. Swing the right leg forward with the toe tip sticking up. Then, swing the leg backward with the foot dorsum and leg straightening. Swing the legs in this way repeatedly and alternately for 20 times respectively.

Kicking in a sitting position: Sit and keep the upper erect of body. First, lift the left foot and extend it towards the anterosuperior direction slowly with the toe tip sticking up. When the leg is about to extend straightly, kick towards the anteroinferior direction with the great force applied on the heel. Do the exercise alternately with the both feet respectively for 20 times.

Twisting the knees: Place the feet against each other parallel. Then, flex the knees slightly to squat down with the palms placing on the knees. Afterwards, twist the knees forwards, backwards, leftwards and rightwards in a circular way. Twist the knees leftwards first, then rightwards for20 times respectively.

The above methods may strengthen the function of the lower limbs, promote flexible articular movement, prevent and cure hypodynamia of the lower limbs, arthralgia, spasm of the legs, hemiplegia, etc.


Rubbing the leg: Assume the sitting position. Hold the root of one thigh between the hands. Then, rub from the upper of the thigh. This is a cycle. Repeat the cycle for 20 times. Rub the other leg in the same way. This method enhances the force of the legs, promotes flexible auricular movements, prevents muscular atrophy and varix of lower limbs, etc.

Rubbing the sole: after washing the feet before bed time every night, grasp the toes with one hand and rub the sole for 100 times until it becomes warm. Rub the soles alternately. The method has the actions of consolidating primordial qi, warming the kidney qi, regulating the heart and kidney, making the feet and legs healthy, preventing and curing foot diseases.

Soaking the feet: Soaking the feet in warm water promotes blood circulation and is beneficial to the heart, kidney and sleeping. Better effects may result from the combined use of soaking the feet and massaging the feet.

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