Tit Tar or Traditional Bone and Joint Setting: A Brief History
The philosophy behind Chinese medicine strongly revolves on the comprehension of the human body being a balanced and sophisticated universe of interconnecting systems for your general health. It also states that our body is self-sufficient with its personal mechanisms to battle illness and heal. Therefore, with any given therapy, it is only meant to assist the human body’s self-healing function, not interfere with it.
Traditional Chinese medicine concerns many areas and Tit Tar therapy is primarily for healing physical trauma. Initiated probably in the Canton province of China by Master Wah Toh in 200 B.C., tit tar is closely affiliated with Chinese martial art of kung fu and was procured from the need to swiftly and effectively heal injuries in high-contact martial arts.
Even on the ancient Chinese battlefield, the practice of tit tar was developed further as soldiers didn’t have the luxury of time to treat their physical injuries. Armed with the knowledge of tit tar and the use of herbs, these resourceful military physicians were able to tend quickly and effectively to the injured; hence, becoming indispensable to Chinese armies.
Famously known as a patriot, revolutionary, healer, philosopher, and martial artist legend, Wong Fei Hung, among the few acclaimed tit tar masters in China, had even gone on to be immortalised in over 100 Hong Kong films. He specialised in Hung Kuen style of martial arts and is famously associated with his clinic, Po Chi Lam, where he practiced and taught tit tar, acupuncture and various other traditional Chinese medicine.