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|the ancient Chinese art of using finger pressure to stimulate the bodys own natural healing abilities.
Blood circulation in whole of human body is maintained by the pressure at various centers.
The technique called Acupressure cures several diseases by
applying pressure on the respective pressure point.
Not only this much, this technique gives miraculous results when a person is suffering from mental tension, when he/she is very tired & when he/she is having intense pain due to serious disease.
This technique is one of the simplest natural ways to keep diseases away even without taking any medicines. This is the reason that many nations of the world have accepted this way of curing. This method is officially approved in China & therefore it is also known as the "Chinese Method".
The following figure shows the pressure-points in the hand for corresponding organs of human beings.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. The human body has fourteen "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 deals with all the 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.
Definition and Theory
Definition of Acupressure
Acupressure is an art and a science of alleviating health problems by application of appropriate pressure(s) on the surface of the body.
Acupressure is a branch of alternative medicines where a diagnosis, prevention and cure to ailments are done through touches of a doctor's hand or by applications of pressure by the doctor on the surface of the patient's body.
Acupressure is that branch of traditional medicines where the cure is effected without the need of taking any medicines. This prevents any side effects often associated with the conventional medicinal treatment.
This scientific technique is being practised for centuries in Korea, China, Japan and India.
Since last 5000 years the acupressure is used to cure ailments or diseases in Korea, China, Japan and India. This is a proven scientific method of treatment. However like surgery, the art, knowledge and expertise of the doctor are useful in alleviating the health problems. Thus acupressure is an art and a science useful as an alternate therapy in the health care field. It is often used as either supplementary or complementary therapy along with the popular orthodox (conventional) medicinal practice and / or treatment.
Theory of Acupressure
Specific points on the surface of the body cater to nerve currents and blood circulations to various areas of the human body. They also supply energy called Vital Energy (Pran in India and Chi in China). This vital energy flows in human body through various paths across the human body known as meridians. Meridians are of two types :
Yin or Femal Meridians (sometimes with reinforcing, revitalizing functions)
Yang or Male Meridians (somethimes with protective functions).
The imbalance in the flow of the vital energy (Chi or Pran) through these meridians is a primary cause of a disease or an ailment. So by applying appropriate pressure a blockade is removed from the meridians (that carry vital energy or blood or lymph to various organs). Thus the person is cured of the ailment or the disease. Since the technique of applying pressure differs from case to case, to bring harmony in the flow of the vital energy (or blood or lymph) it is advisable that one takes a proper treatment from a professional, well qualified, experienced, trustworthy and reliable acupressurist rather than risking one's own health in the hands of a novice or one's own self.
Acupressure can help with the following:
1. Relieve stress and tension
2. Relax mind and body
3. Increase blood circulation
4. Aid in the removal of toxic wastes
5. Provide relief from head, neck and shoulder aches
6. Promote the healing of injuries
7. Increase energy levels
8. Increase overall feeling of well-being
9. Decreasing labor pains
The client lies fully clothed on a soft massage table while the practitioner presses gently on points situated on various parts of the client's body. The session is non-invasive and gentle. An average session lasts for about one hour. However, most clients normally require a number of sessions to complete a treatment.
What is Acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure.
Advantages of using acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body and maintaining good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.
Several kinds of acupressure are taught at the Institute all using the same ancient trigger points. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create different styles of acupressure. Shiatsu, for instance, the most well-known style of acupressure, can be quite vigorous, with firm pressure applied to each point for only three to five seconds, while the Jin Shin style of acupressure gently holds each point for a minute or more. We teach a variety of bodywork styles along with massage on tables and floor mats. Our graduates are encouraged to integrate hands-on techniques for enhancing and individualizing their sessions.
How Acupressure Works
The science of acupressure is based on a theory that is totally different from allopathy (i.e. western medicine). The theory states that the human body has fourteen "imaginary 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. The names of these meridians specify the organ associated with them. For example, the lung meridian is connected to the lungs via the nervous system. Theoretically, a lung problem arises if there is an obstruction in the lung meridian that slows down the flow of energy. If somehow the obstruction is removed or dissolved, the energy flow becomes regular and the lungs start functioning well. How is the obstruction removed? The answer to this question defines the basic concept of acupressure.
Usually, an analogy of a water pipe makes this concept easier to understand and visualize. A stone in a pipe that carries water lowers the rate at which the water flows through the pipe. If the- pipe is pinched right before the area where the stone is located and the water is allowed to build up, the potential energy of the water that is stopped from flowing rises. When the water that has high potential energy is freed by releasing the pinch, water flows faster than normal, pushing the obstruction alone, with it. The obstruction is thus removed from the area and enables the water to resume its flow. This is exactly the way acupressure works. The theory states that obstruction in meridians cause the energy to flow slower which results in a malfunction or even dysfunction in the organ that is associated with the meridian. The pressure technique is used to remove the obstruction so that energy can flow with regularity and the organ can be made to resume its normal function.
One interesting theory of acupressure states that it is not necessarily the organ that relates to the system the cause of the problem. It is the "root cause" that is the main cause of the disease/malfunction and if the root problem is cured, the external problem is cured as well. This can be explained in an easier way by using, an example. Suppose a person is suffering from asthma. An allopathic doctor would prescribe a medicine or steroid that would give rest to the lungs and relieve the symptoms because an allopathic thinks that the cause for asthma problems is the lungs. An acupressurist on the other hand, will try to find the root cause i.e. the reason why the lungs are malfunctioning. An acupressurist would read the whole body by reading energy pulses located on the arms to diagnose the root cause and once the root cause is diagnosed, the doctor will give points to cure that specific problem, not asthma. A root cause could be anything like poor digestion, excessive heat, bad circulation, depression, or bad hormones. A root cause could even be just the organ that is giving the problem. So a person with asthma could have weak lungs that are the root cause of the problem. There have been cases where people with totally healthy lungs suffer from asthma because of other problems like bad stomach, weak circulation, or even bad hormones, and allopathic doctors give them steroids like cortisone to "cure the weak lungs".
The treatment is carried out with PRESSURE points, and NOT NEEDLES. To know more about this, please go back and click on the appropriate link on the graphic. We have helped several people with this science. To know more about the uses of acupressure in treating medical problems, please go back and click on "CURES".
The Power of Pulse Reading
The most important concept of acupressure is pulse reading. A pulse as in acupressure is defined as a point in the arm that can be felt to determine the flow of energy in a meridian. Pulses are imaginary, just like the meridians. There are nine different pulses that are located in the lower arm area that connects to the wrist. Each pulse has two phases: superficial and deep. If the pulse is absent in the superficial phase, it can be found in the deep phase. Usually, if a pulse is absent in the superficial phase, it indicates that there is a problem in that particular meridian. Deep pulses are usually very hard to locate and if the deep pulse is also absent, the person is said to be in the most severe stage of the problem.
Pulse reading is done by feeling the pulse and following the rhythm, beat, speed, and the characteristic feeling of the pulse. Some pulses have a "spurt" like feeling, while some have a "drop" or a miss in the beat. Some feel like the movement of a snake. Some pulses move fast while others have a slower beat. These are just some of the many things that acupressurists look for when they read pulses. Suppose a person is suffering from a heart problem. The circulation pulse of this person would be found in the superficial phase and there would be a drop found in the pulse after every ten beats. This is just one example of the diagnostic techniques used in acupressure. Problems like arthritis, asthma, menstrual irregularity, indigestion, and many similar problems can be diagnosed by pulse reading. The doctor who taught acupressure and pulse reading to me can even diagnose cancer, and AIDS by just reading the nine pulses located on the arm.
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Face reading is not a derivative of acupressure, but it helps in diagnosing a problem. Face reading in acupressure, again, is not spiritual or magical. It is backed up by scientific evidence and the WHO recognizes it. The human face can show many signs that indicate that the person has some health problem. Most of us are familiar with signs like blackness under the eyes, oily skin, pimples, lines on the forehead, and bulging eyes. Each of these indicates a specific health problem. Lines on the forehead indicate that the person is highly depressed; bulging eyes indicate hormonal problem (specifically thyroid); oily skin and pimples again indicated some hormonal imbalance.
There are a lot of other signs that signify a specific health problem. Face reading cannot be used to determine the root cause, and since acupressurists are interested in the root cause, they have to do pulse reading to get to the main problem. So, in essence, face reading helps the acupressurist to at least guess the superficial problem at the first sight of the patient.
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