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T
he use of physical exercise as a therapeutic technique can be traced as far back as 2,000 BC. In the period of T'an Yao (2360 BC), there were records of people using a form of dance as a theerapy for arthritis.

Around 1,000 BC, there were descriptions of massage and exercises to relieve pain and improve joint motion.

Warring Period (403-221 BC)

First mention of Dao Yin (Taoist) and Ta Na (breathing) exercises as effective techniques for the prevention and treatment of certain aliaments.

Han Dynasty (25-220AD)

Hua To (141-203 AD) 华陀 was described as one of the first surgeon in Chinese history and wrote extensively on the human anatomy. He is also credited with use of anesthesia during his treatments. He advocated physical exercise to improve resistance to disease; the set of exercises was called Wu Chin Shi (Five Animal Play) which imitates the movements of tigers, deer, bears, monkeys and birds.

 

 

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