Acupressure is an amalgamation of two Latin words –acus+pressura. Acus means needle and pressura indicating pressure, It is based on the concept of life energy that flows through the meridians in the body.
This method of treatment is not through needles but by pressing certain reflex points in hands, feet and other parts of the body, with thumbs, fingers or some gadgets especially prepared for this purpose. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to Acupressure points with the aim of clearing blockages in the meridians. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure therapy is effective in the relief of stress related ailments and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain and develops spirituality. The human body has 14 meridians that carry energy throughout the body. These meridians start at the fingertips, connect to the brain, and then connect to the organ associated with the specific meridian. Acupressure is the most effective method for self-treatment of tension-related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand. Acupressure deals with all aspects of a person as a whole: body, emotions, mind and spirit as one, not as separate parts. It relaxes muscular tension and balances the vital life forces of the body.
8 Common benefits of Acupressure:
- Relieves stress and tension
- Relaxes the mind and body
- Increases blood circulation
- Aids in the removal of toxic wastes
- Provides relief from head, neck and shoulder aches
- Promotes the healing of injuries
- Increases energy levels
- Increases overall feeling and well-being
6 Main effects of Acupressure on the Human body
- With the acupressure system the foreign matter is removed out of the body and necessary elements are produced by the internal immune system.
- This method, by awakening the electrical forces of the body, produces power, energy, and activeness.
- It creates flexibility in all the muscular tissues of the body.
- It cures the deformities (pain etc.) in the bone system and the spine which is an important part of the human body.
- Acupressure completely helps in removing the deformities of the nervous system.
- Functioning of all endocrine glands like thyroid, pituitary, pineal, pancreas etc. Can be regulated.
Treatment of major diseases with acupressure
Even though acupressure has a special utility in all the disease, it is a harmless system and can be adopted along with other systems of medication. But few diseases, which can be successfully treated with acupressure are as described below:
- World Health Organization (WHO) has accepted the utility of acupressure and acupressure system of treatment and found them more effective in the treatment of all problems related to spine-sciatica, cervical-spondylitis, frozen shoulders, pain in the knees, bed wetting, ulcer, dysentery, constipation, headache, migraine, deformity of nerves and veins, gas formation, acidity, swelling and pain in the throat, tonsils, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, eyes, ears and throat diseases, tooth-ache and paralysis etc.
THE ACUPRESSURE MODEL
Acupressure is the process of applying pressure to the key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When pressure is applied to these points, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.
Acupressure focuses on relieving pain and discomfort as well as on responding to tension before it develops into a “disease”; that is before the constrictions and imbalances can do further damage. The treatment means involves stimulating the vital-energy points along the meridians on our body to effect maximum energy flow.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are over 800 vital energy points along the meridians that run from head down to the heals, especially along the either side of the spinal column. The meridians connect the interior and exterior of the body. Every point has specific therapeutic effects on the related organ. By massaging these points, the corresponding body area receives specific therapeutic treatment. It can be used to treat internal organ disease, relieve internal discomfort and relax yourself; or to promote overall well-being of the body. Western scientists have shown that many of these points are located at key crossways of the Autonomic Nervous System. This may explain in part why they can affect pain that the patients experience in a part of the body far from where the pressure is being applied. The role of TCM for close to 5000 years now, and the fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body (by needle or other means) to “turn on” its healing or regulatory mechanisms. Normally Qi (vital energy) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockages of this flow or an imbalance in yin and yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.
Source: Centre of Excellence