It must be noted that this is where the similarities between acupuncture and acupressure lie. These two practices target those points to control the flow of Qi along the meridians in the body. Because the meridians interconnect all the vital organs of the body, controlling the Qi in certain points can have an effect on an organ that may be in a different location.
What Happens in an Acupressure Session?
Practitioners of acupressure use their hands, elbows, feet, and implements to apply pressure on the body. There are cases when it involves massage or stretching, too.
If you are going to undergo an acupressure session, then you will be required to lie down on a massage table and then the practitioner will then start applying pressure on the pressure points. You will be fully clothed during the session. Each session normally lasts for a single hour and it may take several sessions for it to have its full effect.
While the aim of acupressure and TCM, in general, is to restore the balance of the life energy in the body, there are those who propose that it can also help in treating the mind and the spirit. It is sometimes suggested that the practitioner can also transmit vital energy into the body of the patient during each session.
Not all practitioners of acupressure believe in the more traditional claims. Many attribute the healing qualities of the practice and benefits of acupressure to other factors such as:
Many are trying to explain the real benefits of acupressure through science and understanding of the human body. For example, endorphins can act as natural pain relievers and the action of acupressure can actually stimulate its release.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Acupressure
There is little modern research on acupressure and its effects, but research seems to indicate that it can be beneficial for certain conditions. The following are some of the conditions which can be treated by acupressure:
- Nausea. It seems that acupressure is excellent for treating nausea caused by various reasons including motion sickness, chemotherapy, and pregnancy.
- Allergic rhinitis. Acupressure has been used for treating respiratory problems.
- Osteoarthritis. This is the most common kind of arthritis and there are promising results of it being treated with acupressure.
- Pain. Acupressure has shown promising signs of being helpful when it comes to relieving pain. That includes headaches and lower back pain.
These are just a few of the conditions where there has been some scientific research checking the effect of acupressure. Obviously more research is needed.