Acupressure is an ancient method of healing in which pressure is applied to different meridian points to get relief from Pain. The term Acupressure was originated from Latin word Acus which means needles and pressure. It is a method which originated from Ancient China and has been in practice for thousands of years. It is based on the same principles of Acupuncture but needles are not used in Acupressure. A lot of scientific researchers and studies have been carried out till now to prove the benefits of Acupuncture. Acupressure is known to help the body relax and also to treat a different kind of health problems. During treatment by this method, physical pressure is applied by the hand elbow or other devices on different acupuncture points to remove the blockages present in the meridian. Acupressure is proven to provide an effective solution to many health problems like stomach pain, headache and back pain. It is also said to be beneficial to relieve vomiting and nausea.
It is interesting to note that the pressure applied during acupressure may or may not be in the exact spot or body organ where the problem lies. The Traditional Chinese medicine system focuses on the pressure points to stimulate the meridian system and provide relief to the patient by balancing the yin, yang, and qi. According to researchers, there are 14 different meridians in the human body which carry energy. They begin at the fingertips making a connection to the brain and also making a connection with the organs which are linked to the associated meridian. The traditional Chinese medicine mentions over 800 important energy points along the meridians running from the head to heels and on both sides of the spine. Acupressure can be used as a reliable medium for self-treatment. The pressure can be applied by our own hands to get rid of the tension in different body organs. According to this method, all the different aspects of body, spirit, emotions and our mind are treated in a unified manner. They are not regarded separately. This medium helps to make balance in the important life forces present in the body. It also eliminates the muscular tension in our body.
A procedure of Acupressure
Trained Acupressure therapists use pressure on the meridian points with the help of their hands, fingers, palms or feet. They may also use different devices for that purpose. Stretching and Acupressure massage are other necessary parts of Acupressure treatment. One has to lie fully clothed on a massage table during the treatment procedure. Then the therapist uses pressure on the acupressure points of the body. An acupressure session may be generally of an hour but it may take various sessions to get best results. Acupressure pressure is said to maintain a balance between the energy channels in the body. It is important to maintain the negative energy known as yin and positive energy known as yang. Acupressure provides treatment to the mind, body, emotions and the spirit as a whole. It is also believed that trained Acupressure therapists have the capability to transmit positive energy to another individual. It is suggested to drink enough water after the treatment procedure so that the toxic products are easily cleared from the body.
Health Benefits of Acupressure
As Acupressure is an ancient technique it has been tested and tried for thousands of years. It has numerous benefits which have also been proven by medical researchers to present date. The most common known benefits are as mentioned below:
- It is known to be helpful in relieving stress and tension.
- It provides relaxation to the mind and body.
- It increases the circulation of blood.
- It is helpful in removing toxic waste products from the body.
- It is helpful in treating headache, muscle ache and shoulder ache.
- It helps to heal injuries quickly.
- It boosts up the energy levels.
- It makes us feel better spiritually.
- It decreases pain during labor period.
Our body has abilities to cure its problems itself so when the therapists press the points on the body surface; it provides stimulation to the self-curing abilities. There are many other problems in which Acupressure provides relief. Neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension, Eyestrain and sinus problems can be treated with Acupressure method. It improves the circulation, reducing the tension and helps the body to relax deeply. Acupressure is known to be a reliable medium to eliminate stress and make the body resistant to diseases because of which we can be healthy and happy.
The focus of Acupressure is mainly on removing the problem before it elevates into a disease. It not only removes the pain and discomfort but it is more of a precautionary healing method to make us feel healthy by balancing the necessary elements for a happier life. As there are hundreds of different Acupuncture points but still a lot is yet to be done to understand in detail about them. However, the main pressure points are mentioned below.
- The soft part between the thumb finger and the forefinger is known to be the Acupuncture point for the large intestine.
- The soft web part between the big toe and second toe is known as a point for Liver.
- The soft part of the lower calf is known as Acupuncture point for Spleen.
Although there is plenty of researchers yet to be done to find out the exact benefits and working methods of Acupressure, still there are some conditions in which Acupressure is known to be helpful. It is beneficial to treat nausea caused during pregnancy, after surgery, after chemotherapy and to provide relief from Spinal anesthesia or motion sickness. Some studies have proven that endorphin is released during Acupressure which causes anti-inflammatory effects helpful for arthritis. It is known to reduce the stress levels by working as an antidepressant. There are P6 acupressure points which are situated between large-sized tendons located in an inner part of wrist starting at palm base. Some sorts of wristbands are also available in the market now which is to be worn on the wrists. They are said to be helpful in certain conditions. They have been of help to some people as those bands also put pressure on certain acupressure points.
Precautions to be taken
Though Acupressure method has been in practice for thousands of years, there are certain things we need to consider before applying this procedure of treatment. Various precautions are to be taken beforehand. If the patient has certain health conditions like heart disease, cancer or arthritis then doctor’s suggestion is compulsory before going for a therapy. It is also important to be sure that the therapist should be well trained and licensed practitioner. Acupressure involves deep tissue work and movement of joints and muscles so it should not be practiced under some conditions as listed below.
- If there is a cancerous tumor in the treatment area or cancer has reached the bones.
- If the patient has varicose veins.
- If the patient is pregnant.
- If the patient has arthritis, spine injury or any disease of bone.
- If the patient has any health condition which could get worse because of physical pressure.