Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique, which is similar in concept as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture on the surface of the body. It adopts no-needle methods. In acupressure, the emphasis is on curing through proper pressure on concerned nerve points in the human body.

Acupressure is a science that deals with the human body and the flow of natural energy within the body. It is a science. This medical science is practiced with the use of only one human tool: the thumb. Pressure is applied on different ‘pressure points’ on the body, stimulating the corresponding glands of the body.

History of Acupressure:

Since 5,000 years acupressure is being practiced as a healing art and is one the most popular methods for curing pain and illness across the globe. The history of acupuncture dates back between 2697 and 2596 B.C. during emperor Huang Ti’s reign. Till 17th century the western world was completely unaware of Chinese medicine and acupressure. The recent history of acupressure reveals that in 1970s World Health Organization after a series of research declared acupressure medicine highly effective in treating 40 major diseases.

How Acupressure Works?

The science of acupressure is based on a theory that is totally different from allopath (i.e. western medicine). According to the theory, the human body has fourteen “imaginary meridians” that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian. The names of these meridians specify the organ associated with them.

The lung meridian for example is connected to the lungs via the nervous system. A lung problem arises if there is an obstruction in the lung meridian that slows down the flow of energy. If the obstruction is removed or dissolved, the energy flow becomes regular and the lungs start functioning well. This is done by acupressure. The pressure technique is used to remove the obstruction so that energy can flow with regularity and the organ can resume its normal function. The treatment is carried out with pressure points, and not needles.

Benefits of Acupressure:

Some of the major benefits of acupressure are listed below:

  • Useful in treatment of a lot of medical problems. People have tried it out for breast cancer, diabetes, cancer, asthma and also problems related to the brain and many more
  • Can relieve you of a particular symptom or condition
  • Promotes overall well-being
  • Face reading in acupressure can help in diagnosing a problem
  • Problems like arthritis, asthma, menstrual irregularity, indigestion, and many similar problems can be diagnosed by pulse reading in acupressure treatment

Acupressure is a system with many facets to it. It is useful in diagnosing illnesses as well as curing them. It is akin to acupuncture in some ways.