Meridian massage may help increase infants’ physical growth and improve their health, according to a Korean study. A total of 169 healthy infant-mother pairs were assigned either to a meridian massage group (MM) or a gentle touch massage group (GM), based on the mother’s preference. Massages were conducted by the infants’ mothers for 15 minutes per session, once a day for six weeks. Significant differences were observed in weight and height in favour of the MM group at the end of the six-week period. In addition, infants in the MM group showed a significantly fewer number of clinic visits over six weeks, compared to those in the control group. (Effects of Meridian Massage on physical growth and infants’ health as perceived by mothers. Pediatr Int. 2011 Sep 14. doi: 10.1111 /j.1442-200X.2011.034 77.x. [Epub ahead of print]).

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