If you’re like most people, you’re curious about the benefits of acupuncture, but a bit squeamish about being stuck with acupuncture needles. Ever wonder if you could practice acupuncture on yourself or your friends and family in the comfort of your home? Now don’t panic, we are not suggesting that you jab yourself or your loved ones with acupuncture needles. What we would like to do is to introduce to you the non-invasive treatment of ACUPRESSURE – in many ways absolutely as good as acupuncture and much more convenient and comfy!
Acupressure uses the same meridian points as acupuncture to generate the body’s natural, therapeutic powers for maintaining wellness or encouraging healing. Instead of using sharp acupuncture needles, acupressure uses the gentle, relaxing pressure of touch to stimulate the body’s self-curative energy. Wait until you hear how simple and effective this can be. We’ll give you some specific points to try below but it’s a good idea to locate the exact points using charts available easily online. Use your thumb or finger to press in gradually, finally holding firmly on the point for 5-10 seconds. Your maximum pressure should be about 15 pounds, otherwise you could bruise muscle tissues. Repeat the pressure application four more times. Then do the corresponding point on the other side of the body.
You can use acupressure to cure these everyday ailments:
- Are you looking for relief of tension, emotional stress or frustration?
Then find the pressure point located on the top of your foot, in the “V” between the bones leading to your big toe and the second toe. Gently press this point and your sole at the same time, using your thumb and index finger.
- Baby has a bad cold?
For a chronic cold or sore throat and also good for circulation and strengthening the lungs, do the following: On the wrist crease, at the base of the thumb, you can feel a pulse. Don’t press directly on the artery, but move slightly to one side of it, bending your wrist a bit to find the gap between the bones and direct your pressure into that gap.
- To relieve your spouse, friend or mother from neck and shoulder tension.
Press your fingertips on the point which you can find half-way between the big vertebra at the back of the neck and the tip of the shoulder, right on top of the muscle. This point needs strong vertical pressure to be effective, especially if shoulders are very tense. You may find it more useful to use several fingers together when working this acupressure point.
- Somebody need a hangover cure?
On the back of the hand, apply pressure to the webbed area between the thumb and index finger. This should help relieve hangover headache and nausea. However, please note this important precaution: pregnant women should not use this pressure point, because it might induce premature labor pains.
- Don’t we all know someone suffering from back pain?
Locate the 4 important pressure points, 2 on each side of the spine at waist level, to help reduce pain in the lower back area.
Try acupressure and see for yourself how the therapy can enhance your life and that of your loved ones. You will wonder how you ever got along without it.
DO’S AND DON’TS OF ACUPRESSURE
- When applying acupressure be relaxed, make yourself comfortable and breath fully and deeply in order to promote the body’s healing abilities.
- Do not use acupressure on unhealed fractures, broken skin, recent scars and inflamed areas.
- Do not press directly on varicose veins on the legs
- Do not use acupressure if you have fever or diarrhea.
- Do not use very hard pressure on anyone with high blood pressure or osteoporosis.
- Do not use acupressure on breast or other glandular tissues.