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History Of Acupressure - Quick Overview

Acupressure is a non-invasive predecessor of acupuncture that has been practiced for more than five thousand years. Acupressure is based on the same points and ideas as acupuncture, but minus the needles. Instead of puncturing the skin with needles, it uses, as the name implies, pressure.
by LindaDeen


Acupressure is a non-invasive predecessor of acupuncture that has been practiced for more than five thousand years. Acupressure is based on the same points and ideas as acupuncture, but minus the needles. Instead of puncturing the skin with needles, it uses, as the name implies, pressure.

Acupressure works by normalizing the flow of chi or qi (vital energy) along certain meridians, thus balancing the energy within the body to activate its own self-healing abilities. The stimulation of acupoints that are located on meridians releases blocked energy.

What is acupressure good for? It is used for treating a wide variety of ailments, both physical and mental. These include arthritis, asthma, mental illness, anxiety, sinusitis, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, digestive issues, drug detoxification, headaches, weight loss, hypertension, and many, many more.

Acupressure heals the immune system, improves circulation, energy levels and concentration. Pregnancy or maternity acupressure is a wonderful tool that will help women through their pregnancy and childbirth. Regular use of acupressure results in an overall improvement of physical and mental health.

Where and when did acupressure originate? It is generally believed that acupressure originated in India and later spread to China and other parts of Asia. The earliest text that mentions meridian based treatments is known as the "Nei Ching". This is the oldest surviving medical work written some two thousand years ago.

Although acupressure is most commonly used in Asian countries, possibly the earliest evidence of its use was found in Europe. Otzi, a 5,000-year-old mummy found in an alpine glacier, had tattoos that correspond to acupoints. Whether this tattoos were of therapeutic importance is still a matter of debate.

It seems that acupressure really stood the test of time. It has been practiced for thousands of years and is still widely used throughout the world. Apparently, it works.

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