Touch Therapies across the Life Span

  • Tiffany M. Field
Part of the The Plenum Series in Culture and Health book series (PSCH)


The Ayur-Veda, the earliest known medical text from India (around 1800 b.c.), lists touch therapy (massage therapy), diet, and exercise as primary healing practices of that time. As Jules Older notes, even the English word shampoo comes from the word champna, which is an ancient Indian word meaning to press (Older, 1982). From early times, massage has been effectively used for many medical and psychiatric conditions, including dropsy; mental illness; torpor; spasm; stomach pain; heart disease; labor pain; delivery; postpartum bleeding; infertility; dysmenorrhea; stimulating the breast for milk; postsurgery to speed healing; as an adjunct to plastic surgery; discomforts and disorders of the joints; to restore movement in strained, fractured, or wounded limbs; lumbago; rheumatic diseases; and aging.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiffany M. Field
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  1. 1.Touch Research InstituteUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiami

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