A Comprehensive Guide To Understanding Acupressure

Eastern medicine has become increasingly popular as people learn more about the downside of pharmaceutical medications. More and more people are turning to holistic healing techniques to cure their ailments.

There are many different types of eastern medication from which to choose, and each type has its benefits. It can be daunting trying to select the best eastern medicine for you as we are not used to them. 

We have compiled this guide to acupressure points so that you can learn more about one aspect of eastern medicine. 

What Is Acupressure? 

If you know what acupuncture is, acupressure should be easy enough to understand. Essentially acupressure is acupuncture, but without being stabbed by a hundred tiny needles to get the desired effect. 

Acupressure is the act of massaging or pressing down on specific pressure points in the body to achieve certain goals. Acupressure is said to heal a myriad of ailments simply by massaging the point to release the condition. Most acupressure points are found on the hands and the feet. 

How Does Acupressure Work?

The Chinese believe there are energy flows in your body that connect your organs to specific points in your body. These points are primarily in your hands and feet and can be found on charts to see which point is for which organ. 

If you have pain or discomfort anywhere in your body, the acupressure point corresponding with that place on your body will be massaged or pressed down upon until a mild ache is felt. The point will then be released. You should not feel any pain, just a light bruising around the point. 

Is Acupressure Effective? 

While there are no peer-reviewed studies on the benefits or proof that acupressure works, many people worldwide swear by it. The great thing about acupressure is that it involves no ingestion or invasive treatments on the body.

Without taking a pill or having something done to your body that cannot be immediately stopped without a trace is worth it to see whether or not the practice works. You will be able to judge whether acupressure works for you, and even if it doesn’t, there will be no side effects.

Written By:
Daniella Segell

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