Human hands and natural healing
Human hands have been used to treat many diseases. It is called acupressure – a major method of natural healing. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, both have been used for thousands of years in China to treat a variety of diseases, and to improve life quality.
It is common for people to have a massage in the massage center, but you can perform many kinds of massages in your home. It is easy to learn and the beneficial effects are endless, such as to improve the relationship with your partner.
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is one of a number of Asian hand therapies with roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Examples of hand therapies are medical qigong and Tuina.
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. Through these invisible channels flows vital energy or a life force called qi. It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
According to the TCM theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that are used to help restore balance. Herbal and nutritional therapy, meditation may also help.
How Does Acupressure Work?
Acupressure practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body’s meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
The goal of acupressure or other types of Asian bodywork is to restore health and balance to the body’s channels of energy and to regulate opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Some proponents claim acupressure not only treats the energy fields and body but also the mind, emotions, and spirit. Some even believe that therapists can transmit the vital energy (external qi) to another person.
Not all Western practitioners believe that this is possible or even that these meridians exist. Instead, they attribute any results to other factors, such as reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, or stimulation of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
What Are Common Acupuncture Points?
There are literally hundreds of acupuncture points on the body — too many to name, some are on even your nose. I will provide you the detail in the related specific topics in my blog.
Which Health Problems Benefit From Acupressure?
Modern research into the health benefits of acupressure is in its early stage. Many patient reports support its use for a number of health concerns. More well-designed research is needed, though. Here are a few health problems that appear in some people to benefit from the effects of acupressure.
Nausea . Several studies support the use of wrist acupressure to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting. Effectiveness has been reported for nausea:
1. after surgery
2. during spinal anesthesia
3. after chemotherapy
4. from motion sickness
5. related to pregnancy
You can use your middle and index fingers to press firmly down on the groove between the two large tendons on the inside of your wrist that start at the base of your palm. This is the PC 6 acupressure point. You can also try special wristbands that are sold over the counter. These press on similar pressure points and work for some people.
Cancer. In addition to relieving nausea right after chemotherapy, there are individual reports that acupressure also helps reduce stress, improve energy levels, relieve pain, and lessen other symptoms of cancer or its treatments. More research is needed to confirm these reports.
Pain. Some preliminary evidence suggests that acupressure may help with low back pain, postoperative pain, or headache. Pain from other conditions may benefit as well. To relieve headache, try the L14 pressure point.
Arthritis. Some studies suggest that acupressure releases endorphins and promotes anti-inflammatory effects, helping with arthritis.
Depression and anxiety. More than one study suggests that fatigue and mood — both depression and anxiety — may benefit from the use of acupressure.
Are There Any Precautions With Acupressure?