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Acupressure--A Potent Points Discussion

Updated on April 15, 2010

East Meets West in Bringing Ancient Practices to Modern Medical Options

In use for more than 5000 years, acupressure is growing in acceptance beyond its roots in Ancient Chinese Medicine. The dynamic of this treatment modality lies in the use of local points and trigger points on the imaginary meridians of the body. This healing method is closely related to acupuncture in its use of this method for diagnosis and treatment, as the same charts and models for points are used in both practices. The ancient Chinese believed that life’s energy or chi flows through these meridians. If a person is healthy, these meridians were considered unobstructed. If a person was sick, then these meridians were believed to be blocked; hence, that active stimulation of the trigger points, often called potent points, on the meridians would improve the flow of energy and thus work to heal a person of ailments.



Acupressure is believed to aid in healing a multitude of illnesses, with the following benefits declared by practitioners and clients:

1) Increased blood circulation.

2) Relaxation.

3) Toxic waste removal.

4) Pain relief from head, neck, and shoulders.

5) Increased energy.

6) Relief from stress.

7) Promoted injury healing.

8) Decreased labor pains.

Local and Trigger Points Used

Acupressure treatments use pressure on the meridian points instead of needles, which are used in acupuncture. The application of pressure is said to release endorphins, which are neurochemicals that relieve pain. In this manner, pain is blocked and the free flow of blood and oxygen increases to the affected area.

Acupressure points work in 2 different ways:

1) When pressure is applied to the same area that pain is felt this is called a local point.

2) That same point can also be used to relieve pain in another part of the body distant from the point, which is called a trigger point in this case.

This triggering mechanism is said to work through a human’s channel meridians. These meridians are pathways that connect acupressure points to each other, as well as the organs inside the body. These anatomical landmarks are demonstrated below.

How is Acupressure Administered?

The client typically lies down on a massage table with clothes on while a practitioner presses on the various points on the body for desired benefits. These sessions normally last about an hour and typically cost from 60 to $100 USD. Again, these treatments are noninvasive (meaning no needles) and are gentle. A client usually requires a number of sessions to achieve complete benefit and/or healing.

Is Self-Treatment an Option?

It is felt that after proper training, a person could apply some acupressure treatments to himself.For example, in the case of headache, it is suggested that a person sit comfortably in chair, locate desired points, and press or massage with fingertips for 30-second intervals, alternating with easing up and resuming, and applying this technique to each point for a minute or two.

Acupressure Massages Can Go From Head to Toes

This is not an endorsement for acupressure or any other treatment method. Experts advise that no diagnosis and treatment regimen should be undertaken without the guidance of a professional health care provider. The intent of this article is for information only and should not be considered as medical advice.

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