“Alternative Therapy” refers to any health treatment not standard in Western medical practice. It encompasses diet and exercise changes, hypnosis, chiropractic adjustment, and acupuncture and acupressure. These are no medicine therapy. In this article we will be specifically talking about acupressure, its process, benefits, ailments it can cure and why it should be done under expert supervision.
Acupressure is a safe extremely gentle alternative therapy used to relieve symptoms of several common disorders. Its an old age Chinese Therapy Unlike some forms of Western medicine, this therapy does not involve the use of any invasive techniques. A skilled practitioner simply uses their thumbs and fingers (sometimes the elbow) to exert pressure to specific body points to relive or cure any disorder or ailment.
It is based on the theory that meridians are channels that carry life energy (qi or ch’i) throughout the body. The logic is that any illness occurs when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance. Acupressure relieves blockages and so energy can flow freely again in the body, restoring wellness.
In 2014, researchers did a review of existing studies and found that acupressure could relieve a range of issues, including pesky lower back pain, headaches, and even labor pain.
Benefits of Acupressure
It is a deeply relaxing experience and like other types of massage it can help with:
• Relieving stress, tension and anxiety
• Improving sleep
• Relaxing muscles and joints
• Soothing the pain and discomfort of a sports or other injury
• Reducing digestive issues
• Minimizing headaches
• Alleviating chronic pain
Acupressure can be very effective in helping with nausea and vomiting after surgery or invasive medical procedures.
How it is done.
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
Which Health Problems Benefit From Acupressure?
There are literally hundreds of acupuncture points on the body and can be used to cure many health problems.
Here are a few health problems that appear to improve with acupressure:
Nausea . Several studies support the use of wrist acupressure to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting:
- After surgery
- During spinal anesthesia
- After chemotherapy
- From motion sickness
- Related to pregnancy
Conditions it can cure:
Some conditions that benefit from acupressure include back pain, headache, fatigue, anxiety, stress and tension, feelings of melancholy, and immune system deficiencies. Studies have shown that certain types of pain are linked with feelings of anxiety and worry.
Acupressure for better immunity during the Covid19:
A great way to stay healthy during “these Covid19” times is with acupressure. Applying pressure to acupuncture points can help stimulate the channels and communicate with the nervous system to boost immunity in the body.
The pressure points that help in boosting immune are K27, ST36, SP6, KD3, LIV3, CV17. Refer the attached image to see the points location. Practice it for about 10 minutes daily and sty protected.
Acupressure is not age restrictive but is it not advised to people with high blood pressure and pregnant women. They have to get it done by an expert only as certain points can be dangerous if pressed incorrectly or unknowingly.
Acupressure is not used to treat open wounds, scar tissue, varicose veins, or areas of inflammation or swelling.
Acupressure can be used by a massage therapist or an acupuncturist, or a person can treat themselves. At holistic healing point we provide Acupressure as well as acupuncture therapy for above mentioned ailments.