Stimulating the body’s natural self-healing abilities by applying pressure on the most important healing points of the human body, with the help of fingers, palms, elbow or even feet is known as Acupressure. It is an ancient Chinese art of healing and is said to be developed in Asia over 5000 years ago.
Effectiveness of Acupressure Treatment
Acupressure has proven to be very effective in curing various diseases related to stress. Acupressure can also actually reduce tension, relieve pain, increase blood circulation and develop one’s overall health. Apart from treating stress-related ailments, acupressure is also known to renew reproductive organs, detoxify the body and improve skin tone.
Acupressure therapy can help in strengthening resistance power and prevent the body from acquiring any unwanted diseases. This therapy can be self-implemented by learning about various techniques and pressure points so that you can self-cure certain medical conditions such as muscular pain, mental stress, learning disorders, emotional trauma and much more.
How Does This Work?
During Acupressure sessions, you will be asked to lie on a massage table (no need to take your clothes off). The therapist then starts gently applying pressure on your healing points and massaging them. Each session may last up to an hour or so. One needs to attend multiple sessions to achieve best results.
The actual goal of acupressure or any bodywork for that matter is to restore one’s overall health by regulating the positive and negative energies flowing in the body. Some people believe that Acupressure can not only treat energy fields but also mind, emotions as well as the spirit.
Common Acupuncture Points
There are numerous acupuncture points in the human body, too many to list down. However, the most important acupuncture and acupressure points that are commonly used by therapists are listed below:
Large intestine 4 (LI 4):
The acupuncture and acupressure point for treating ailments related to large intestine lies in the thick flesh between forefinger and the thumb.
Liver 3 (LR-3):
The acupuncture and acupressure point for treating diseases related to the liver lies between the big toe and the second toe.
Spleen 6 (SP-6):
The acupuncture and acupressure point for treating ailments related to the liver lies just above the ankle at a distance of 3 finger widths. This area of the lower calf muscle is very tender.
Who Can Benefit from Acupressure?
Though many people claim that acupressure can treat a whole lot of ailments, one has to admit that the therapy and its effectiveness to improve various health conditions is still not thoroughly proven. This method is a new treatment and proper research has to be made before making any statements such as, “Acupressure can treat so and so ailment effectively in this many weeks.”
Nevertheless, acupressure has helped improve certain medical conditions time and again. There is a little, but absolute proof that it can treat the following medical conditions:
Nausea and vomiting:
Many studies have supported that a wrist acupressure can effectively treat nausea and vomiting that is caused due to various reasons such as:
- Post surgery trauma and nausea
- During or after injecting spinal anesthesia
- After chemotherapy
- Motion sickness
- Pre and post pregnancy nausea
In most cases above, wrist acupressure has proven to be successful.
The acupuncture and acupressure point for treating nausea and vomiting, PC 6, is located in between the two nerves that start at the base of one’s palm. Specially designed wristbands that can control this medical condition are also available in the medical counter.
Apart from reducing nausea after chemotherapy, according to many individual reports, acupressure is said to relieve tension, reduce stress, increase energy levels and lessen pain in cancer patients.
There is some preliminary evidence that acupressure can effectively reduce lower back pain, post-operative pain and trauma, and headache. Illnesses caused due to other medical conditions may also improve with the help of acupressure. As far as a headache is concerned, pressure is applied to the healing point LI 4.
Studies show that by using acupressure on patients suffering from arthritis, the sensation of inflammation in the joints can be reduced considerably. The scientific reason stated behind this is, acupressure application releases endorphins that are capable of generating anti-inflammatory effects in the joints, thus reducing the suffering in arthritis patients.
Depression and Anxiety:
Numerous studies conducted on various people have shown that acupressure can successfully reduce fatigue, depression and anxiety and improve the mood of an individual.
In general, acupressure is a safe therapy. However, it is advised that patients suffering from health conditions like cancer, arthritis, heart disease or any other chronic ailment should consult their physician before undergoing this therapy. Acupressure is just a precautionary measure.
Though acupressure therapy is still in its infant stage, most people who have undergone the treatment seem to be happy. For many people, this is undoubtedly one of the best therapies around that can lead one towards a healthy lifestyle, but the only catch here is, it has to be done only under the guidance of a qualified acupuncturist. Have a happy acupressure!