Massage Therapy in Iranian Traditional Medicine

Amir-Mohammad Jaladat, Majid Nimrouzi, Mehrdad Karimi, Mamak Hashemi, Mehdi Falah, Fatemeh Attarzadeh

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Background and Aim: Massage training and how the body is influenced by massage are
common issues which are seriously under study and discussion in Iranian traditional medicine. Iranian physicians considered motion and massage as major principles of health
maintenance.
In this study, we examined the available literature of traditional medicine to evaluate
location, purpose and use of massage therapy in Iranian medicine in comparison with other
popular conventional styles.
The aim of Iranian massage is to regulate the core body temperature and aid to eliminate the
waste products from the body. This type of massage is divided into five categories including solid, soft, moderate, great and aggressive, based on the intensity, speed, duration and
techniques of massage.
Iranian physicians proposed general body massage or massage of a particular area based on subjective complaints. They recommended specific massages in particular groups including
children, pregnant women, the elderly and athletes. In some cases, the effects of these recommendations have been studied in clinical trials.


Conclusion: It seems that the major difference between Iranian massage and other styles of massage is special attention of Iranian massage to the individual circumstances, and the cause
of the problem rather than technique of the massage.


Key words: Massage, Iranian traditional medicine, Dalk and Ghamz


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/r.m.v1i3.4644

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