Acupressure History and Methods
What is Acupressure? How did it originate? Learn more about the instruction, methods, and history of acupressure here.
Acupressure History and Philosophy:
Acupressure has been practiced as a healing art for at least 5,000 years. It is the third most popular method for treating pain and illness in the world. This complete health system has been documented for use in treating over 3000 conditions. If you are looking for options to your current treatments or for ways to supplement your current health care, you are on the right track. This is a proven, natural and cost effective self care system of home or professional treatment that could improve the quality of your life. Additionaly the principles of acupressure/acupuncture have been modified to suit the needs of modern life and advanced technologies. Now acupoints are commonly treated utilizing transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (aka TENS) and laser light from laser or LED diodes in specific wavelengths shown to have rapid and lasting effects.Acupressure philosophy and acupoint stimulation is based on the same principles as Acupuncture. By using pressure, electric stimulation or laser light instead of needles, it works to stimulate specific reflex points located along the lines of energy which run through the body, called meridians. There are 14 main meridian lines, each of which corresponds to an individual organ of the body. When the vital energies are able to flow through the meridians in a balanced and even way, the result is good health. When you experience pain or illness it is an indication that there is a block or leak in the energy flow within your body.
There is a natural source of healing power in everyone. When this healing power is activated, it triggers a series of intricate internal processes, which produces a Healing Response. Pain, injury or stimulation to your body alerts your body that help is needed. This is when the Healing Response begins by the unleashing of endorphins into your blood to help heal the affected area. The heart rate increases, blood pressure is altered and the delivery of endorphins and nutrients required for repair is excellerated. This speeds up the elimination of toxins from the damaged area, which also promotes healing.
Acupresure induces this Healing Response by simulating injury through pressure. When applied to specific sore points along the meridians at different points for different conditions, this pressure tricks the body into thinking it has been damaged. The body then produces endorphins to relieve distress in the organs and systems corresponding to that Acupressure point. While the body is healing at the point of pain, it produces a Healing Response all along the meridian. Electric stimulation and Laser Light is commonly applied to acupressure points instead of pressure to induce the healing response. It is easier to apply and often works faster.
The goal with Acupressure is to learn the points that will produce the Healing Response for the conditions we want to fix. Through repetitive Acupressure treatments, the body learns a new and effective way to activate the Healing Response on its own and increases the power to heal itself without any outside intervention.
For the conditions listed below, you will find points that the experts agree help these conditions and they are easy to find. Sometimes you only need a few points to get results.
POPULAR ACUPRESSURE POINTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW FOR TREATING COMMON AILMENTS ON YOURSELF OR OTHERS INCLUDE:
|GB 20 -||just under the base of the skull in two small muscular grooves at the back of the neck|
|GB 21 –||on top of the shoulder, 2″-3″ from the side of the neck|
|GB 30 -||near the “ball-joint” of the hips in the depression formed by squeezing the buttocks (relax before stimulating)|
|Li 4* –||on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger, in the center of the large bone on your finger – to be probed inward toward the main body of the hand, directly on the bone|
|Li 11 –||on the extreme end of the outer crease of the elbow – bend arm tightly to find point (open arm and relax before stimulating)|
|SP 6* –||on the front of the leg, just behind the shin bone – the width of one hand (three thumbs) above the crown of the inner ankle|
|St 36* –||in the trough or valley just away from the most prominent shin bone, the width of one hand (three thumbs) below the bottom of the kneecap toward outside of leg the width of one thumb.|
|T 5 -||on the forearm two thumb widths above the most prominent crease of the upper wrist, in line with the middle finger|
|UB 54 –||at the rear of the knee, in the center of the crease between the two ligaments|
|UB 60 -||in the hollow or valley behind the crown of the outer ankle|
*Pregnant women should avoid using SP 6, Li 4, and St 36.
Common Conditions & Symptoms Treated with Recipes Included:
|Allergies:Li4, 11 SP6 St36|
|Arthritis:GB20 Li4, 11 St36 T5 UB60|
|Asthma:Li4 GB20,21 SP6 St36|
Bronchitis: Li4 GB20,21 St36
|Cold and Flu:Li4, 11 T5 GB20 St36 SP6|
|Constipation: St36 SP6 Li4, 11|
|Diarrhea: St36, SP6 Li4|
|Ear Infection:Li4, 11 T5 St36 GB20|
|Fainting:St36 Li4 GB20|
|Fever:Li4, 11 T5|
|Hemorrhoids: Li11 SP6 UB60|
|Indigestion:SP6 St36 Li4|
|Infection:Li4, 11 St36|
|Insomnia:SP6 GB20 St36|
|Menstrual Cramps: Li4 St36 GB20 SP6|
|Motion Sickness: GB20 St36 SP6|
|Multiple Sclerosis:GB20 UB60 St36 SP6|
|Nausea: GB21 St36|
|Pain Control: Li4 SP6 St36 Gb20 UB60|
|Pneumonia:St36 Li4, 11|
|Sciatica:GB30 UB54,60 SP6|
|Sinusitis:GB20 Li4, 11 SP6|
|Toothache:Li4, 11 St36|
|Vertigo: Li4 GB20,21 UB60 T5 St36|
How to Apply Acupressure:
To find the appropriate point, read the description and then find the general area on your skin. Gently probe the area until you find that point which gives you a “funny bone” feeling or is sensitive, tender or sore. Then press hard enough to make the point hurt.
You can use a steady pressure or a five seconds on and five seconds off rotating pressure for the time you stimulate the point. Usually one minute is sufficient for each treatment session.
Regular, systematic treatment usually gets the best results because the effects of Acupressure are cumulative. At first, frequent treatment is recommended. Treatment three times daily for five to ten minutes may be necessary. Or treat more frequent, such as every two hours, until you start feeling relief. You cannot overdose.
Some report almost immediate results; others may need a few weeks to get lasting results. Acupressure is safe. Side effects are very rare. Treat while sitting down and do not administer after meals.
One of the most portable yet highly-effective methods of complementary health care is Acupressure. It requires no more than a chart and a hand to administer treatments, though treatments can be administered with wooden tools or electronic stimulation devices and may be coupled with massage and essential oils. Acupressure has been used successfully for thousands of years to help millions of people. This article features Acupressure and is written by Monte Cunningham, a man who has spent more than 35 years studying this health care modality.
Source: Monte Cunningham, The Acu-Ki Institute.