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A Short Guide To Acupressure

Acupressure is a wonderful tool that can assist the body in its own natural ability to heal. It's very simple and can be used by anyone to alleviate wide range of medical conditions. It shares the same points, known as acupoints, with acupuncture, but instead of needles, uses gentle yet deep finger pressure.
by LindaDeen


Acupressure is a wonderful tool that can assist the body in its own natural ability to heal. It's very simple and can be used by anyone to alleviate wide range of medical conditions. It shares the same points, known as acupoints, with acupuncture, but instead of needles, uses gentle yet deep finger pressure.

Being a part of a traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is most widely spread across Asia and has been in use for more than five millenniums.

However, the earliest evidence of acupressure was found on Otzi the Iceman, a 5300 year old mummy from Europe. Otzi had tattoos, mostly simple dots and lines, that correspond to acu-points.

It is believed that illness and disease result when the qi energy is blocked, out of balance or weak. This energy, kind of like a life force of all living beings, flows in the body through a series of channels called meridians. By stimulating the acupressure points that are located along this energy pathways, qi becomes unblocked allowing the body to utilize its own healing abilities.

Many people believe that acupressure is more or less limited to pain management. It's much more than that. It can treat a variety of physical and mental maladies. These include anxiety, insomnia, allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, digestive problems, skin problems, menopause problems, tinnitus, depression, addictions, and hypertension just to name a few.

It is applied using fingers, thumbs, palms or elbows. It's completely noninvasive and can be worked on bare skin or through clothing.

How safe is acupressure? Because it doesn't involve any invasive techniques, it's very safe. You should know, however, that there are some circumstances when it should not be used - if you have a heart condition, if the pressure point is located under a mole, abrasion, bruise, cut, or any other break in the skin. If you're pregnant, use caution and take a look at maternity acupressure.

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