Tui na is a bodywork therapy that developed in China over 2,000 years ago. Like Acupuncture, Tui na works with the qi energy of the patient to bring a balanced state of health. The work is done entirely with the practitioner's hands to help increase the beneficial flow of qi through the patient's meridian system. The practitioner of Tuina learns to diagnose the patient by feeling the pulse. The pulse tells the practitioner which meridians may need stimulation and which may need to be subdued in order to bring the patient to a state of balanced health. Today, Tui na is used in hospitals throughout China together with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui na practitioners in China are treated with the same respect as doctors of acupuncture and herbology and often these modalities work hand in hand as a holistic approach to patient well-being.