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Acupressure, Another Version of Acupuncture

Updated on May 23, 2019
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All pressure points in the body. Click on the image and zoom it to view the healing points clearly.
All pressure points in the body. Click on the image and zoom it to view the healing points clearly. | Source

Developed over 5,000 years ago in Asia, Acupressure is a lesser painful version of acupuncture. Acupressure is a kind of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) and ancient art for healing people using the fingers to gently press the healing points. On pressing the key points, the blockages are cleared and the body’s ability to naturally cure the disease gets stimulated. Pressure may be applied with fingers, elbows or using other devices.

Benefits of Acupressure

Acupressure techniques can also be used by you if you are healthy and fit to prevent yourself from any chances of ailments. If the acupressure is used regularly, then it can be beneficial for you in the following ways.

  • Relieves from stress and prevents depression.
  • Boosts immunity.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Reduces body pain.
  • Enhance your health and calm your mind.
  • Helps in the management of nausea and vomiting.
  • Prevents lower back pain
  • Some studies say it may also be beneficial against the placebo effect.
  • Restores body balance.
  • Suitable for every age group.
  • Recommended for every person.
  • Maintains mental, emotional, physical and spiritual connections with each other.
  • Fortifies sexual reproductive system.
  • Strengthens muscles especially that of face and back.
  • Improves skin condition.

Acupressure points in hands
Acupressure points in hands

Acupressure and Acupuncture

Acupressure and Acupuncture make the use of similar pressure key points as well as meridians. But unlike Acupuncture, Acupressure does not use needles for treatment; instead, it uses firm pressure of fingers or other devices on the key healing points. Thus, we can say Acupressure is lesser painful than Acupuncture. In Acupuncture, there are possibilities that the person may start bleeding a little.

Branches of Acupressure

  • Ayurvedic Acupressure: Ayurvedic Acupressure or Marma Therapy is a kind of acupressure in which expert not only uses fingers to apply pressure but also make use of seeds, magnets, and colors. In this, the pressure points are called Marma points.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Traditional Chinese Medicine is a traditional medicine mostly used by Asians to get rid of most of the diseases mainly oral health problems and digestion. As a part of treatment, it includes massage, dietary therapy, exercise, and herbal medicine.
  • Reflexology: Reflexology is a term given to a type of acupressure in which the pressure is applied on feet and hands without any body lotion or oil. Except for Denmark, this alternative medicine is not in much use at any other places as its medical uses do not cover a wide area and there are many other medicines in the market that are much better than this one.
  • Sujok: Sujok is specialized acupressure as well as acupuncture therapy that is applied using seeds, micromagnets, and needles. This therapy has proved quite beneficial in reducing weight, curing eye-related problems and fighting against diabetes.

Acupressure Technique

Acupressure can be done by you without anyone’s help by pressing the key points that are mainly present in hands and feet.

On the other hand, you can also take help of the Acupressure practitioners who make use of their feet, palms, fingers, elbows and other devices to apply firm pressure on your meridians. After the session, it is recommended to have plenty of warm water to let the toxic substances move out of your body.

Acupressure points in sole of the foot
Acupressure points in sole of the foot

In Acupressure, it is also said that if you feel pain at certain locations, then you must apply pressure near that location to get relieved from pain for example if you are having an earache, then press the points near your ear and the outer corner of your eye.

Acupressure can be used for healing:

  • Allergies
  • Any kind of body pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Any type of disorder
  • Skin problems
  • Digestion problems
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety issues
  • Common problems such as common cold, cough, and cramps.
  • Dizziness
  • Ear problems
  • Weight-related problems
  • Hair loss
  • Immunity disorders
  • Eye-related problems
  • Premature aging
  • Toothache

Acupressure points in face
Acupressure points in face | Source

Acupressure Points

Hand Acupressure Points

  • Hand Valley Point: It is located between your pointer finger and thumb.
  • Base of Thumb Point: It is located above your wrist and in the base of your thumb.
  • Inner Gate Point: It is located on the wrist.

Foot Acupressure Points

  • Big Rushing Point: It is located in the valley of your big toe and second toe.
  • Above Tears Point: It is located near the last two toes of your feet.
  • Kidney Point: It is located at the sole of the foot.

Leg Acupressure Points

  • Ankle Point: It is located above your ankle on the inner side of the leg.
  • Three Mile Point: It is located below your knee.
  • Commanding Middle Points: It is located at the backside of your knee cap.

Abdominal Acupressure Points

  • Abdominal Sorrow Points: It is located below your last rib and above the navel.
  • Sea of Energy Point: It is located below your navel.

Face Acupressure Points

  • Third Eye Point: It is located between your two eyebrows.
  • Drilling Bamboo Points: It is located at the ridge of your eyebrows.

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Pool at the Crook Li11 and Adjoining Valley Li4Sea of Blood Sp10Three Mile Foot St36Bigger Rushing Lv3Abundant Splendor St40Three Yin Meeting Sp6Supreme Stream Kd3Wind Pool Gb20Associated Point of Kidney B23
Pool at the Crook Li11 and Adjoining Valley Li4
Pool at the Crook Li11 and Adjoining Valley Li4 | Source
Sea of Blood Sp10
Sea of Blood Sp10 | Source
Three Mile Foot St36
Three Mile Foot St36 | Source
Bigger Rushing Lv3
Bigger Rushing Lv3 | Source
Abundant Splendor St40
Abundant Splendor St40 | Source
Three Yin Meeting Sp6
Three Yin Meeting Sp6 | Source
Supreme Stream Kd3
Supreme Stream Kd3 | Source
Wind Pool Gb20
Wind Pool Gb20 | Source
Associated Point of Kidney B23
Associated Point of Kidney B23 | Source

According to Jack Forem, a Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the acupressure points are also divided as follows:

  • Pool at the Crook, Li11: For relieving pain in the shoulder, elbow, and arm.
  • Adjoining Valley, Li4: For relieving tense muscles and headaches.
  • Sea of Blood, Sp10: For blood purification and skin nourishment.
  • Three Mile Foot, St36: For rejuvenating the entire body.
  • Bigger Rushing, Lv3: For stress relieving.
  • Abundant Splendor, St40: For reducing sinus congestion.
  • Three Yin Meeting, Sp6: For treating menstrual cramps and nourishing spleen, kidney, and liver.
  • Supreme Stream, Kd3: For nourishing and balancing the entire body.
  • Wind Pool, Gb20: For easing headaches and common cold as well as neck stiffness.
  • Associated Point of Kidney, B23: For maintaining balance and regulating water and blood flows.

The numbers and letters mentioned along with the names tell us about the exact pressure points of the body.

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