The History, Uses, And Risks Of Acupressure Therapy

As far back as 5000 years ago, the Indians were the first people practicing the art of Acupressure Therapy. Unfortunately, it was not appropriately preserved and went to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the form of Acupuncture. This therapy was taken to China from Sri Lanka, and to Japan by nomadic Aryans or Buddhist monks. Today, China is the leading promoter of acupuncture to the world. Way back in the 16th century, acupressure was already known to the Red Indians. Researches in the US in the 20th century have significantly contributed to the growth of this therapy. Acupressure is administered by a lot of naturopathic and allopathic doctors there. In the 1960’s, the World Health Organization began to take notice of this easy and simple healing technique.

Acupressure and acupuncture in Austin are very similar to each other. Acu = needle and puncture = prick. Acupuncture is defined as the practice of treating diseases by inserting needles into certain points in the body. Acupressure is defined as the art of treating diseases by administering pressure on certain acupoints through the use of a rubber or wooden stick, or the fingers.

Purpose

Acupressure is designed to bolster the natural healing power of the body. When crucial pressure points on the skin surface are pressed, tension in the muscles is released, and blood flow as well as chi or vital energy flow in the body is promoted. Acupressure has been known to treat several conditions including stress, shoulder, neck pain, menstrual disorders, headaches, fatigue, back pain, anxiety, allergies, pains, and aches.

Precautions

Acupressure is contraindicated for conditions that require medical care, such as serious infections, ulcers, or serious burns. Care should be taken with the use of pressure points in the stomach, especially if the patient is pregnant or has a life threatening illness, such as intestinal cancer or when he or she is sick and the stomach area is to be avoided.

Description

Acupressure usually applies pressure on the acupoints using a jimmy, fingers, or the thumb. The obstruction of energy flow along the energy channels (meridians) within the body can cause stress, tension, pain or physical discomfort. Activation of the points eliminates obstruction by easing the muscles, and restoring the free flow of blood. Acupressure can release an emotional block by relieving built up tension. The therapy causes the release of lactic acid that has built up in the muscle tissues. During vigorous exercise, muscles produce lactic acid which is usually eliminated by the liver through the blood. Sometimes, it stays stuck in the muscle. A variety of acupressure techniques are used in the West including:

Shiatsu: An intense acupressure method involving rhythmic pressing of acupoints.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: A form of self-administered acupressure involving light touch of the body instead of massage like movements.

Acu-Yoga: A whole bodywork technique involving Yoga postures and stretches that stimulate and press acupoints on the energy channels.

Do-In: Another type of self-administered acupressure involving massaging of muscles and acupoints as well as stretching exercises, exercise movements, and deep breathing techniques.

Gentle to medium pressure is used on the acupoints during therapy. The pressure is administered in a tight circular motion. This is mainly done with the hands, thumbs, and fingers. Occasionally, knees or elbows are used to press vital acupoints. Because the most sensitive points are tender or very delicate when pressed, this reaction can identify the correct location. If the reaction is not felt, the pressure may not be strong enough or the location of the acupoint is incorrect. The proper level of sensitivity experienced during an acupressure session should fall some-where between pain and pleasure.

Acupressure’s Triple Benefits:

Diagnosis: correct and immediate diagnosis – clinical checkup minus any tests.

Treatment: treatment of all forms of diseases including that of brain problems/cancer.

Prevention: Prevention of paralysis, heart disease, and even cancer and all forms of diseases.

The World from the Perspective of Health Can Be Divided Into:

Approximately 15 percent – Number of people needs medicine, medical attention, and surgery. The world doesn’t have enough hospitals and practitioners that can provide treatment for these people. Later on, with the use of acupressure, they can also be prevented from getting sick.

Approximately 25 percent – The number of individuals presently suffering can be inexpensively treated with the help of acupressure and prevented from getting sick again.

Approximately 60 percent – The number of healthy people (including unborn babies) who are at risk of falling into disease. Their illness can be avoided through regular sessions of acupressure therapy.

Risks: Although acupressure may be utilized to complement other forms of healing, it is not intended to be a replacement for required medical treatment.

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