- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Acupressure - the Many Health Benefits
Acupressure is a 3000- year -old healing science from China. Today it is becoming increasingly popular as an alternate therapy and even the World Health Organisation is noting its effectiveness. Acupressure is based on the assumption that there is a nervous connection between the body's organs and the skin. The method involves correcting the flow of 'chi', the universal life force in the body which determines the harmonious functioning of the organs and keeps disease at bay.
What the west cures through surgery (such as appendicitis), acupressure cures through the manipulation of 'chi'. In China they use it mainly as a preventive measure. Experience is the best teacher, and here is mine. Find out how acupressure prevented me from falling ill, and how it cured the severe backache of a dear friend.
I am very fortunate to have a Japanese friend Naomi who practises acupressure techniques. Just two sessions from her expert fingers, and my downhill roll to falling very sick came to a halt. Her acupressure massages were extremely painful, but I felt energised and completely balanced after them. She told me my body felt cold, my neck and shoulders were stiff, and my energy levels were low. She focused on the points behind my ears, nape of my neck, shoulders head, as well as my feet. What I learnt from this experience was that prevention is better than cure and acupressure is the way.
Banish that Backache
I was surprised at how Naomi cured another friend, Sneha's chronic back pain. Naomi taught her the techniques - which points on the body she had to press, and presented her with a wooden acupressure plank for her feet. Sneha stood on the plank every day for two weeks and applied the acupressure techniques she had learned, and hey presto, not only did her backache disappear, but so did her indigestion.
Energy Meridians in the Feet
Acupressure techniques originated in ancient China, and today they are the main medical treatment used by the Japanese. According to this science, all the systems and organs in the body are connected to the feet, and can be manipulated through various pressure points known as energy meridians on the feet.
Imbalance - the Cause of all Illness
According to Acupressure experts all illness is a result of imbalance in the body. It is a question of following the laws of nature. For instance, you eat whole grain bread, not bread made from refined flour. Neither a thorough physical check-up, nor a detailed laboratory analysis can diagnose completely the imbalance of the autonomic nervous system. But acupressure cures all the symptoms of such an imbalance such as:
• Ringing in the ears
• Stiff neck and shoulders
• Lower backache
• Lack of appetite
What's more, acupressure effectively cures chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, rheumatism, and general neuralgia.
Now that you know the benefits of acupressure, would you give it a try? What was your experience, if you have already done so?