Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique often used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points or ashi trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by the elbow, or with various devices. (Source of this paragraph is Wikipedia).
It used in China for thousands of years, has the same rules as acupuncture. And it is used to promote relaxation and health and to treat illnesses.
Acupressure relies on the pressure of specific points and positions of the body with the fingers. Doctors of traditional Chinese medicine believe that the body’s vital energy, or Qi, comes from invisible channels called meridians (energy channels), the closure of which causes pain and illness. In addition, research has shown that pressure on specific points releases a natural painkiller called endorphins. So endorphins prevent the transmission of pain signals along the nerves. Research has also shown that it relieves insomnia and fatigue.
There are hundreds of points on the body that acupressure practitioners use to perform the treatment. But for the sake of brevity, here are just a few important points:
Colon Point (LI4): This point is located at the soft, fleshy distance between the thumb and index finger.
Liver point (LR3): This point is located between the big toe and the next toe.
Spleen point (SP6): This point is about 3 toes above your ankle.
Heart 7 (HT-7) – Located on the inner wrist on the pinky side of the hand. This point can treat heart palpitations, irritability, chest pain, insomnia, mania, and finger numbness
Neiguan (P-6) – P-6 is on the inner arm, three finger widths below the hand. This point is effective in treating nausea and vomiting, and is often used to help chemo – therapy patients achieve relief.
The lung meridian is one of the major ones comprising of 12 meridian pathways in the human body. Applying gentle pressure on these points can actually help to improve your lung health and boost your immunity. Here are the three points that you should press regularly. The first point is the hollow space under the collarbone. The point is located between the first and second rib. You can locate this point on both sides. Apply gentle pressure on these points. Then you will find the second point in your hand. So stretch your one hand with palms facing downwards. Then press between the V shape formed between the web of the thumb and index finger. The third point can be found on the fleshy pad of the palm between the wrist and the joint of the palm.
Acupressure & health problems
Research has shown that many mental and physical illnesses can be treated through acupressure. Including:
Numerous studies show that there is wrist acupressure, which you can use to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting. In particular, nausea that results from the following.
During spinal anesthesia
After chemo therapy
And also after motion sickness
Related to pregnancy
Point (PC6), which is located in the groove between two large tendons in the wrist, is effective in relieving nausea. Today, there are special wristbands to put more pressure on this point.
Studies have shown that point pressure (PC6) can be effective in relieving nausea after chemo – therapy. Improves energy levels and reduces pain.
Many studies have shown that point pressure (LI4) can be helpful in reducing pain, especially low back pain and headaches.
Some studies also show that acupressure releases endorphins.
In this way, it strengthens the anti – inflammatory effects and also helps in the treatment of some types of osteo – arthritis.
depression and anxiety
Studies show that in acupressure, some mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can be reduced and treated. In some cases with point pressure (SP6).
How does it work?
Acupuncturists use their fingers, palms, elbows, and also feet, or special tools to apply pressure to the body’s meridians. Sometimes it is combined with stretching, acupressure, and other techniques.
During a treatment session, the person lies down on a soft massage table in full clothing, and the specialist gently presses on the pressure points on the body. A session typically lasts about an hour. Of course, need several sessions to get the best results.
The goal of acupressure or other Asian body therapies is to restore the health and balance of the body’s energy channels and to regulate the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some fans of this field explain that this treatment method not only treats the fields of energy and body, but also affects the mind, emotions and spirit.
Some people believe that therapists can transfer vital energy (extra time) to another person.
Although Western experts don’t believe that such a thing is possible or even these meridians exist. Instead, they attribute each outcome to other factors, such as reducing muscle tension, improving blood circulation, or stimulating endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
You can do acupressure several times a day, or as often as need for your symptoms to go away.
this method should be avoided in following cases
Do not put pressure on the cancerous area and the tumor, especially if cancer has spread to the bone.
If you have spinal cord injury or bone disease, it is best not to use acupressure in those areas.
Do not put pressure on varicose veins.
During pregnancy, acupressure should be performed under the supervision of a specialist. Because the pressure of some points can cause contractions and the onset of preterm labor.