“Bone setting is a kind of massage to help restore the original position of bones and joints and to treat minor facet joint disorders,” says Dr Zhao. “Bone setting is an ancient art of healing and is a predecessor to modern chiropractic therapies as well as osteopathy. It may be more effective than mild exercise and physiotherapy to treat certain conditions.
“Bone setting is divided into two parts, the most common of which is used to reset the bone joints and fractures. Facet joint disorders or more serious disc and ligament injuries can be quite common. Leaning the neck against a sofa or in bed, working for a long time in one position or sitting a lot can all cause disorders of the spine and a variety of diseases. Such problems can be corrected with bone setting and self-regulation, and the body can be completely restored. There is also a danger of joint and ligament injury from sports. For example, golf is a sport that can often cause damage to the spinal joints and ligaments. If golfers also do swimming exercises they can effectively avoid the damage. This embodies the principles of TCM – the concept of balance.”
Dr Zhao Ya Xiong, Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
Originally from Harbin in China’s extreme north, Dr Zhao has been studying TCM for over 20 years since the age of 19. His specialty is working with cancer patients, and he also has experience in acupuncture, cupping, bone setting, moxibustion and nutrition.
“When diagnosing, the doctor will look, smell, listen, question and feel,” says Dr Ning Zheng Yuan from Mission Hills, Haikou. “Finally they take the pulse and make the correct diagnosis. When listening to the indications, each of the three fingers listens for something different. Chun is the first position, guan the second and chi the third. When I listen to the left hand, I’m listening to the heart, pericardium, liver, gall, kidney and bladder, and when I’m listening to the right hand it’s the lung, chest, spleen, stomach, kidney and colon. When diagnosing, it is very challenging to listen to the pulse and understand whether it is weak or strong, slow or fast, long or short. It is important that your three fingers are sensitive.
“In general, the doctor doesn’t need to ask you many questions via consultation, as by listening carefully they can tell the condition of the body. But to assure accuracy, taking the pulse confirms the information in the pre-answered questions.”