Natural Methods Of Healing
Acupressure Made Simple
The Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalances
Acupressure is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure (usually with the fingertips) to specific points on the body.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the body has invisible lines of energy flow called meridians. There are thought to be at least 14 meridians connecting our organs with other parts of the body. Acupuncture and acupressure points lie on those meridians.
If the flow of energy (also called "chi" or "qi") is blocked at any point on a meridian, it's thought to cause various symptoms and health conditions anywhere along the meridian. That's why a practitioner may apply pressure to an acupressure point on the foot to relieve a headache
Acupressure alleviates wide range of disease conditions ranging from immune ailments to emotional disorders. It is a complementary treatment which effectively relieves diverse pains while managing multiple symptoms in a variety of patient population.
Both, acupuncture and acupressure are effective, safe, simple and economical therapies but acupressure is more people-compliant due to its non-invasive and needle free nature.
Acupressure is more compatible to pharmacotherapy due to ease of self-administration. It plays a vital role in pain restoration, promotion of psychological well-being as well as patients' quality of life. People who are not yet comfortable with needles or when there is need of stimulating more delicate acupoints, acupressure therapy is preferred.
How to Administer Acupressure
- Use deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate each point.
- When massaging acupoints, try to relax in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
- Repeat the massage as often as you like; there is no limit to the number of times a day.
- Besides massaging these points on yourself, anyone can also help massage these points for you.