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Anmo is indicated for illnesses in 17 different branches of medicine, including traumatology, pediatrics, internal medicine and gynecology.
For example, one prescription in this text for the treatment of anuria is to massage the sacrum while applying burning moxa leaves to points on the back.
The therapeutic massage branch of traditional Chinese medicine is called "tuina" in modern Chinese, which literally means "pushing (and) grasping." However, this term did not occur in the Chinese literature until the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it first appeared in a book on pediatric tuina (a specialized branch \of Chinese massage).
Prior to this period, the most popular term for therapeutic massage was "anmo" which literally means "pressing (and) rubbing." Anmo has played an important role in the practice of medicine in China since ancient times.
Archeologists, studying the inscriptions found on bones and tortoise shells used in divination practice, have found references to massage treatment for illnesses written in jiaguwen, the earliest extant form of writing in China, dating back to as early as the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th centuries BC).