Acupressure is being used in China for thousands of years. The principle of acupuncture therapy is applied to treat acupressure, so acupressure is sometimes called pressure acupuncture.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure therapy has been an important place in the past 2000 years as a traditional Chinese medical treatment and is still being used in all over the world. This fact is a testimony to the benefits of acupressure therapy in the treatment of sickness and pain.
Acupressure is a skill of sending signals to awaken the body’s ability to heal and organize itself. Just as vitality is given a lot of importance in yoga. Life energy is the importance of traditional Chinese remedies. It is believed that the flow of this life energy inside our body occurs through some ducts.
This hinders natural flow or imbalance can cause illness and pain. It improves the flow of life energy by correcting this imbalance, making the body in its natural healthy state.
Acupressure point is a point on the body on which pressure is exerted, such a point is also called a pressure point. While there are over 1000 acupressure points, apart from those here are main eight key points;
Gallbladder 20 (GB20).
This point is on the neck next to the ear towards the back part of your head. From this point there is headache, migraine, blurred vision or fatigue, lethargy and cold, flu symptoms etc., can be treated.
Gallbladder 21 (GB21).
This point occurs in the upper part of your shoulder. It is awakened with thumb and middle finger. This point can be used for the treatment of stress, facial pain, headaches and neck pain. It should be used carefully in a pregnant woman.
Liver 3 (LR-3).
Large Intestine 4 (LI 4).
It is found in the soft part between the thumb and the four fingers of our hand. This point is good for the treatment of stress, facial pain, headaches, toothache or neck pain. Never use this point in a pregnant woman.
Triple Energizer 3 (TE-3)
This point is found in the claws of your hand between the veins of the fourth and fifth finger. This point is used in headache, shoulder and neck strain and back pain.
Pericardium 6 (P-6).
This point occurs on the wrist, four inches above the palm of your hand. It can also be used for nausea, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, trouble caused by pressure on a particular type of nerve, stomach upset, motion sickness, headache and even heart nervousness.
GV 20 or DU 20.
This position is placed in the centre of the head, where many people keep the peak. It is beneficial to improve memory also reduce irritability, depression, hyper activity and soothes the mind. Especially effective for children who are studying.
This position is placed on the outer part of the elbow. Beneficial for cholesterol, blood pressure, throat infection, urine infection, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice, etc. Effective in every disease related to blood.
Stomach 36 (ST-36).
This point is four inches below the knee on your foot. This point benefits in fatigue, depression, knee pain, stomach and intestine discomfort.
Spleen 6 (SP-6).
This point is slightly upwards of the heel in the inner part of your foot. This point helps in urinary and pelvic diseases as well as fatigue and insomnia.
How To Do Acupressure?
Acupressure therapy is completed in the following stages;
Massage with a lighter press on the acupressure point.
When massaging at the acupressure point, sit comfortably in a convenient place and close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Massage when you like it again and again. There are no rules on how many times a day you can find it convenient as often.
You can massage these acupressure points yourself or take the help of another. However, it is safer to massage with a good acupressure specialist.
How Acupressure Works?
Acupressure therapy is putting pressure on certain points of the body and it increases the flow of energy. It has to work very closely to put pressure in this way because there are 365 channels inside our body and in addition there are 650 other channels. Like the mechanism of blood vessels, these channels also have networks of their connections.
In these channels, different techniques are used to influence energy. This includes – strengthening, diffusing or calming down. It strengthened the weak energy, unleashed the paused energy and tempered more active energy.
Acupressure points are normally pressured from a few seconds to a few minutes. Pressure is exerted on the massage of acupressure points or by pressing these points with something or using both methods together.
However, the acupressure points that are put under pressure may be sensitive but acupressure should not hurt. Treatment can be given every day or several times a day according to the condition of the disease.
There has not been much research on the health benefits of acupressure. However, you may get benefit from the following difficulties;
Acupressure therapy protects from nausea occurring immediately after the treatment of cancer from chemotherapy and can also help to increase energy levels, reduce pain, stress and reduce symptoms of cancer.
Nausea and vomiting can be treated with acupressure of the wrist according to some researches.
Some primary evidence suggests that acupressure therapy can help in groin pain, post-operation pain and headache. This can also beneficial for other kinds of pain.
According to some studies, acupressure therapy releases endorphins in our body and this therapy promotes anti-inflammatory effects, which helps in certain types of arthritis diseases.
Depression and Anxiety.
Some studies show that acupressure therapy can improve fatigue and mood. If you have headaches, stress, dizziness, brain imbalance or nose, ear and eye problems, it will benefit from suppressing the bending part inside the back of the ear.
Cholesterol, throat problem, hips, vomiting, blood pressure and immunity problems will benefit from pressing the hand-turning part, the back part of the elbow.
When there is a problem of toothache, press the middle of the forefinger and thumb by turning the palm upside down. In addition, there are two points on the jaw in the outer line of the eyes which will benefit when pressed.
Press around, back, right and left, the point on the front of the knee when you face knee pain, stiffness, swelling, etc. It will also be beneficial to put pressure on the point of the soles of the foot near the heel.
When there is thyroid problem, put pressure on both hands and the raised part just below the thumb of both the feet. Make it in the bearing of the bush needle and leave it. Keep doing it for some time.
Like any other treatment, acupressure therapy can also have some side effects, such as;
- Putting pressure on the wrong points does not beneficial for the problem and sometimes it can cause many other problems.
- Too much or too little pressure does not help. In fact, too much pressure can cause fractures in that part of the body.
- Getting acupressure therapy in pregnancy can cause miscarriage and if pressure is put on the wrong point, both mother and child may be at risk.
- Some diseases can be cured for a short period of time but may occur again.
- If the disease is too old, acupressure therapy can cause harm to the advantages and the disease can be even more serious.
Some Useful Tips.
There are total 365 points of our body that are very effective and provide relief to many kinds of diseases. These points are;
-Walk barefoot for 10-15 minutes daily in the soil. Walking barefoot is the points in the sole, which increases the blood flow. This reduces fatigue, stress and relieves pain in the legs, knees and body. Those who do not want to walk barefoot should massage the sole with mustard or any oil until they get heat.
-Massage twice a week with any oil 5-10 minutes of the head thoroughly. In addition, CV 20 points (where many people keep the peak) 15-20 times a day with a mild hand. About 100 points are awake. Effective for depression to memory loss and also beneficial for Parkinson’s problem.
- Massaging the lower ear lobe for five minutes a day improves memory.
- Rub the sole daily with a brush for 4-5 minutes during the bath.
- Clean the tongue daily by rubbing the back part of the brush. The tongue has points of heart and kidney etc.
- 5-7 minutes of applause every day. This awake the acupressure points in the hands.
*Note: The methods described here improve the immune system. Keep in mind that they do not cure the whole disease, but will definitely get relief. The disease has to be treated completely to cure.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Does acupressure works?
There may be some lack of research on the work of acupressure, because there are no proven evidence are still found regarding its overall health benefits. However, some studies promote that it release natural pain releasing chemicals in the body, also known as “endorphins”. So, as a result we can say that acupressure can work if we apply with the right strategy and under the supervision of a specialist.
Generally acupressure is a very safe treatment. If you have cancer, heart and chronic disease consult your doctor before undergoing any therapy. Get therapy from a registered acupressure therapist.
Acupressure is a type of medical practice in which health problems can be solved by pressing the point at different places of the body. In fact, these points are internally related to the places where you are having problems. Try those above mentioned acupressure points which will be very helpful and beneficial for you.