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Acupuncture versus Acupressure

Updated on October 6, 2010

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Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture and Acupressure are both part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or alternative medicine. These both work off of the pressure points and are centered on touching meridians which carry energy or chi right through a person’s body. According to TCM, ailments occur due to blockage of chi in any of the fourteen different meridians and both acupuncture and acupressure advocate energy to flow without blockages. Both have been used to treat allergies, depression, nausea, migraine headaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, arthritis pain relief and treatment for rashes in the skin such as eczema. Claims on treatments from both Acupuncture and Acupressure cure a wide spectrum of aliments.

For being treated both are the same in releasing chi. The difference is that one involves fine thin needles to puncture the area of skin and the other is pressure applied through the fingers.

Acupuncture has to be performed by a practitioner experienced in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This practitioner needs the skill with the tools of needles to achieve great accuracy to bring quick relief. Though rare as it is, there may also be some side effects as a result of acupuncture that are caused due to release of toxins or through realignment of the muscle groups.

Acupressure has been practiced long before acupuncture became known. It does not have to be given through an experienced practitioner in TCM. This practice can be learnt from a handbook. A simple massage can be performed on oneself anywhere. Fewer side effects have been reported with the deep tissue massages of acupressure.

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Acupressure Points and Techniques

Acupressure Points Inside Hand

Pressure Points and Their Effects

Pressure points are located throughout our bodies. Pressure points are used in both acupuncture and acupressure. These pressure points help release the chi within the body to start the healing process.

The photos of the hand (above and below) show all the pressure points and what part of the body they connect to. Included here is a list of some of the pressure points and their effects.


Increases circulation to the urinary tract and reproductive organs. Works to prevent vaginitis, urinary tract infection, and lower back pain.


Strengthens the bladder and kidneys, and increases the circulation to the reproductive organs. Helps prevent Bed wetting, urinary tract infection, and vaginitis.

Large Intestine:

Beneficial to the head and face, relieves congestion and headaches, removes energy blocks in the large intestine, and clears heat. Relieves acne, common cold, headache, menstrual cramps, teething, sore throat, fever, and toothache. Relieves itching, and reduces allergic reactions. Decreases sinus congestion.


Quiets the nervous the system, and also relaxes muscle cramps and spasms. Relieves asthma, menstrual cramps, teething, headache, eye pain. Clears the lungs, and moistens the throat. Relieves asthma, common cold, and sore throat. Relaxes the muscles of the neck and shoulders, and relaxes the body as well.


Relaxes the chest, relieves nausea, and relaxes the ming. Relieves asthma, motion sickness, croup, sleeplessness, stomachache, and vomiting.

Points Along Either Side Of The Spine:

Improves circulation, relaxes the nervous system, balances the respiratory system, and relaxes the spine.Relieves anxiety, colic, common cold, menstrual cramps, nervousness, and insomnia.


Reduces uterine cramping, menstrual cramps.Detoxifies the blood.Relieves acne, herpes, impetigo, poison ivy, boils, and vaginitis.


Tones up the digestive system, and strengthens overall well–being. Relieves colic, diarrhea, chronic runny nose, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, and stomachache.

Acupressure Points Back of Hand

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      whoisbid nice to see you here to comment.

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      whoisbid 6 years ago

      I know a lot about this personally being someone who has been helped by both acupuncture and acupressure. I know that western medicines know very little about this and that is because they don't have the evidence they want. I could write a lot about it but I think that people need to try it if they have a blockage somewhere

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      acupuncture marketing  6 years ago

      Great Hub Ms.Sandyspider, very informative one.

      Most patients find acupuncture a pleasant and relaxing way to get treatment for their physical conditions and diseases. The effects of acupuncture are surprising even at first treatment. It offers fast relief from physical pain. Patients choose acupuncture when all other conventional treatment methods have failed.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      leann2800, thanks for commenting.

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      Love the pictures. great hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      AC, I have written a new hub on massage therapy. Between that hub and this one, I hope it explains it better.

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      ACSutliff 7 years ago

      That sounds great, Sandy! I will keep my eyes peeled. And just in case you want to answer a question, I will submit that for you too. I'm pretty sure you can answer it at any time, right?

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      AC, you are really prompting me for that other hub. Well, I guess I will have to do that. It will have to be in the next couple of weeks. I will be away for awhile. Massage and pressure are two different things. Stay tune for more explanations in a new hub.

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      ACSutliff 7 years ago

      How interesting, but I'm afraid I still don't quite understand the pressure thing. Is pressure the same as a massage to your hands, or do you just apply pressure? And for how long? HEHE Maybe I should just ask you a Question about it so you can write another hub. ^_^

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      AC, this is the only hub I have about acupressure. Maybe some time I can write about all the pressure points. For now, as you can see above, the hand holds pressure points for just about all over the body.

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      ACSutliff 7 years ago


      How very informative and useful. My mother is trying acupuncture. I'm genuinely curious about it. Do you know if there's a special way to apply pressure to those pressure points during acupressure? Maybe you could write a hub about that, if you haven't already.


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great info - I've never really understood these!

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      As I hate needles I'd have to go for acupressure -- good Hub. Best, Sis

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great diagrams and good hub.

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Very good info. Nice Hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      nice image, nice videos and nice information, Now I know the difference, Maita

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for this very informative hub.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Both therapy are good for healthy. And it back to us. What therapy is suitable with us. It looks hurt but after therapy we get healthy body. Thank you.

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      kylealton 7 years ago

      Great article! I think I might even try Acupuncture...I never knew that's how it works and that the points are in the hand which help the rest of the body!