The acupressure technique is similar to acupuncture, but instead of applying needles to certain points on the body, the acupressure technique uses finger pressure on these points. You will be amazed to see in which cases acupressure can be helpful.

How does acupressure work?

The main points is that when pressure is applied on specific body points, the body is able to cure itself. This is according Traditional Chinese Medicine, where a disease is considered to be caused by the imbalance of a person’s energy, Qi. The stimulation of points of your body with presser regulates Qi, activates the meridians and collateral systems, and initiates a chain of actions to solve any specific health problems along the way.

Various conditions where acupressure works

The holistic nature of Acupressure treat problems that are not well understood by conventional medicine or in situations where medicines are only able to provide short-term relief before the problem recurs. Since it is completely medicine free, it safe to practice it along with conventional treatments.

#1 Asthma

In combination with standard care in asthma patients, acupressure has been proved to be an effective alternate therapy. In a pilot study conducted on patients with clinically stable, chronic obstructive asthma, the results proved that there was clinically significant improvements in the quality of life when their treatments care was supplemented with acupuncture or acupressure.

#2 Persistent cancer related fatigue

This is for the cancer survived people, acupressure is said to be a potential treatment for persistent cancer-related fatigue (PCRF) (symptom which is experienced by individuals who have survived cancer).

#3 Chronic low back pain

Chronic low back pain is a common symptom that affects approximately 100 million adults in the United States. A study to explore the acceptance of auricular point acupressure (APA) to reduce chronic low back pain was conducted and report shown that a 46% reduction in worst pain, and over 50% reduction in  average pain, overall pain severity and pain interference by the end of study, and 62.5% subjects also reported less pain medication use.

#4 Stress

Acupressure therapy was able to reduce depression, anxiety, stress and general psychological distress in patients undergoing or recovering from major treatments. Acupressure can be looked at as a go-to alternative therapy for psychological well-being.

#5 Nausea

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common problem in patients recovering from anesthesia and surgery. In patients undergoing thyroidectomy, nausea and need of rescue antiemetic medication were reduced by acupressure at the P6 point,

#6 Eye problems

Eye-related diseases are closely connected to liver, kidney and spleen health. There are several acupressure points around the eyes which can help relieve many symptoms such as early-stage cataracts, glaucoma, hysteria with vision loss, eye problems related to worry, excessive study and mental strain, conjunctivitis, red sore eyes, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, and blurred vision and lateral headaches.

Risk of acupressure

  • Acupressure is not advised for pregnant women.
  • Acupressure therapy should not be done on broken skin, inflamed tissues, on lymph glands, on a sprained joint and on people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • It is imperative that patients do a thorough research on acupressure before undertaking this form of alternate therapy for treatment.