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Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

 • Description: Acupressure
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications  

This is a therapeutic touch technique based on traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the body's vital energy, or qi, flows along invisible channels called meridians; blockages cause pain and disease.

Practitioners utilize the same concept as acupuncture, that is stimulation of trigger points on the surface of the body in an attempt to balance chi (energy flow) and restore the body’s equilibrium While acupuncture utilizes needles to stimulate these points, acupressure involves placing gentle pressure by hand, fingers, elbows or with an assortment of devices.

Statistical studies show the following:
Though slow to gain acceptance among people of western culture, as more individuals turn to alternative methods to substitute or augment their medical care, acupressure is gaining popularity. Research indicates that pressure on acupoints releases natural painkillers called endorphins and may block the transmission of pain signals along nerves. Studies suggest it eases insomnia and fatigue.

Symptoms and conditions that have been effectively treated or prevented with acupressure include: acute and chronic pain that might be generalized or specific headaches, arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual cramps, sprains, and toothaches, among others. It has also been effective in managing asthma, allergies, nausea, motions sickness, stomach disorders, and nervous tension. In addition Acupressure points can also be stimulated to increase energy and alertness, reduce stress stimulate the immune system, and alleviate sexual dysfunction.

Questions to ask the Practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method  
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
  •  Though certain conditions can be alleviated with self care, a trained acupressure practitioner should be consulted and seen for more serious disorders.
  •  Acupressure should not be applied to open wounds, swollen or inflamed spots, as well as areas of scar tissue, blisters, boils, rashes, or varicose veins. Certain acupressure points should not be stimulated on people with high or low blood pressure and on pregnant women.
  •  To ensure a good solid energy foundation, breathe deeply all day which naturally brings in more oxygen and activates Chi in your body. Learn to say no to those activities or places that drain your energy and leave you feeling depleted. Some examples of these activities Include watching excessive TV, experiencing too many negative emotions, talking too much, and spending too much time in crowded places.

List of Products & Services
 •  Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments  (Book)
 •  Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide (Book)
 •  Acupressure Massage (2000) (DVD)

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