Used for thousands of years in China, acupressure applies the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. Sometimes called pressure acupuncture, acupressure is often thought of as simply acupuncture without the needles. But what exactly is acupressure and how does it work?
What Is the Theory Behind Acupressure?
Acupressure is just one of a number of Asian bodywork therapies with roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Examples of other Asian bodywork therapies are medical qigong and Tuina. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure.
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. It is believed that…show more content… There are 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 a headache. Pain from other conditions may benefit, as well. To relieve a headache, the LI 4 pressure point is sometimes tried.
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 may improve the use of acupressure. Better-designed trials are needed to be sure.
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