Acupunture and Chinese Medicine

There is a long tradition of practicing healing arts alongside martial arts. Without medicical skill, one cannot alleviate injury and sustain health. Without martial skill, one cannot achieve higher healing abilities. Training within NATSTA systems incorporates a variety of healing practices, including Tuina & bone setting, herbology, acupuncture, and Thai Massage, among others. Students are exposed to this material in classes, special seminars, and national conferences. Locally, acupuntcure treatments are available with two of our instructors:
Joseph Park, L.Ac. (Petaluma)
Naoko Koike, L.Ac. (Berkeley)

Many instructors and assistant instructors within the North American Tang Shou Tao Association are licensed acupuncturists or Tuina practitioners, and explanation of Chinese medical theory and/or practical demonstrations of TCM application are included during classes where appropriate.

Nei Jing Tu

The Neijingtu representation
of the physical body

In addition to our regular class meetings, students may also participate in:

It is a requirement that all of our instructors learn basic Chinese medicine theory, not only to monitor the physical development of students and protect them from potential injuries, but also for the profound insight Chinese medicine provides regarding the energetic composition of the human body. Properly understood and employed, one may strengthen the organs of the body to prevent illness and disease. Principles of Chinese Medicine, meditation and dietary practices are shared with students in class as appropriate to enhance understanding and appreciation of the excercises performed. Continued practice according to these principles will reap noticeable benefits within a few short months.

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