Acupressure: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

History •A traditional Chinese Medicine that was performed by Buddhist and Taoist during the late 2600 B. C. •During the Han Dynasty, Physicians used it for physical, surgical and herbal treatment. •1930’s traditional Chinese Medicine was outlaw, due to China’s progression into Modern Science. •1960’s traditional Chinese Medicine resumed its teaching and soon later spread to around Asia, Europe and North America. What is Acupressure? •Ancient healing art •Natural Alternative Therapy.

•Involves using the fingers and other parts of the body to skillfully press key points called acupuncture points. •Helps release muscular tension. •Promotes blood circulation. •Assists the body’s life force energy (known as Chi, Qi or Ki) to aid healing. Different Methods of Acupressure •Asian Bodywork Therapy – Treatment of the human mind body and spirit. •Chiropractor – Increases the circulation of blood and healing energy through the spinal column. •Massage Therapy – Common used Acupressure to relax the body and relieve stress.

•Stress Relief – Allow blood to flow freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated during stress. •Reflexology – Stimulates the nerve endings of the hands and feet, which sends healing messages to all parts of the body Advantages of Acupressure •Relieves pain: Headaches, Backaches, Neck Pain, Insomnia, Colds & Flus, Knee Pain, Arthritis, Depression and etc… •Balancing the Body. •Maintaining good Health. •Reduces tension and increases circulation. •Enables the body to relax deeply. •Strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.

Criticism of Acupressure •Relies on the conceptual framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which some scholars have characterized as pseudoscientific. •No physically verifiable anatomical or histological basis for the existence of acupuncture points and meridians. •Traditional Chinese Medicine is a prescientific system that continues to have practical relevance. Conclusion •By learning how to stimulate your own pressure points, you can relieve minor or moderate symptoms, and reduce the need for nonprescription drugs.

•Acupressure is not intended to make you more tolerable to pain. •An Ancient Chinese technique used to transport the movement of Chi or Qi around our body. •Why do we relay on Western Medicines when there are techniques from other countries that have been providing the same results for centuries? •Maybe Doctors fear there serves to be no longer needed if people learned to use alternative therapies and natural remedies? Warnings Do not use acupressure to replace standard emergency procedures or licensed medical treatment.

If you are seriously injured or have persistent symptoms seek urgent medical treatment Acupressure should not be used: •As the only treatment for illness; if you are sick, see a doctor •If you have a heart condition •Just before or within 20 minutes after heavy exercise, a large meal, or bathing •If the point in question is under a mole, wart, varicose vein, abrasion, bruise, cut, or any other break in the skin •If you are pregnant, especially if more than 3 months *Note* some symptoms may need medical attention while others may need emergency medical.

For these symptoms, only use acupressure to supplement professional medical care, or when no professional medical care is available. Only try acupressure for these symptoms after seeking professional care and after using standard first aid and emergency techniques. How Does It Work? The concepts of internal and external environment are very important to the philosophy of traditional Asian medicine. The human body, it is believed, encloses a perpetual flow of bioenergy, or life-force, called “chi, “ki” or “qi”.

This energy flows into the body and along specific pathways called “meridians”, influencing the functioning of all the organs. In healthy individuals, this flow maintains a constant balance with both itself and the external environment. When external or internal events occur which disturb this balance, disease ensues. Along the meridians are a large number of pressure points that act as “valves” for the flow of chi. The stimulation of these points, when properly performed, acts to restore balance to the internal environment, thereby relieving symptoms. Direction on Using Acupressure.

To stimulate an acupoint properly, you must apply deep probing pressure. Therefore, only apply pressure with a Finger, Knuckles or Pencil Eraser. Before beginning, try to accurately classify your problem. For example, if you have a backache brought on by stress, you might be better off treating the stress rather than the backache itself. Explore the area with a deep probing pressure, until the exact point announces itself to you with a sharp twinge. It starts as a jolt, and after a moment becomes a numbing sensation, or a tingling radiating from the point.

It can be quite a shock the first time, but sensitivity decreases with experience. When you have found the point, apply pressure for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat using the same point on the other side of your body. You should feel immediate relief. You may feel a release of tension, sinus drainage or perspiration. Sometimes points on opposite sides of the body will have different effects. If symptoms increase, do not use that side or point. If the first point doesn’t work, try the next point or points until you find one that does.

There may be more than one approach to your symptoms, such as “kidneys” vs. “backache. ” When you find a point that helps, use that point. If the relief is temporary, re-stimulate the point. Sometimes a pain will go away and return three or four times, lesser each time. You are trying to harmonize your inner environment, so isolate yourself from the external environment as much as possible. Find a quiet place, sit down, and try to relax. Avoid loud music, exercise, food, and any drugs, including alcohol, while stimulating your acupoints.