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What is Acupressure?

It is a simple yet a remarkably effective way of treating

common as well as complicated ailments. Acupressure is

known as Needleless Acupuncture. ‘A CU’, is the Latin

word for ‘needle’ and ‘puncture’ refers to ‘pricking’.

Instead of pricking with needles at the Acupuncture points,

rhythmic pressure is applied for one or two minutes to

balance the energy flow which cures the disease.

         Where did it originate?

It originated in China and the Western world has taken it

up seriously, after the former USA President Mr. Nixon’s

visit to China in 1971. where one of his aides was treated

with Acupuncture for acute pain in the abdomen.It is now

widely practised in USA, Europe and in Eastern countries.

         How does it work?

Scientifically the exact theory is not yet established but

there is enough practical evidence of its effectiveness. The

early Chinese theory explains that the root cause of all

diseases, in terms of Acupressure, is a disorder of energy

vibration. Every cell in the body vibrates at a specific rate

and when this vibration of energy goes beyond the normal

range, it gives rise to a disease.

Acupressure aids in the restoration of correct and

harmonious vibration and in this way restores the health.

Does one require any medical knowledge to learn and practice this system?

No medical knowledge is essential. With just a basic

knowledge of human anatomy, one can practice this

system and provide good relief to those in disease.

        Who can benefit from this?

Anybody. from young to the old alike, can practice and get

the benefits. Only feather-touch is recommended for the

infants and for the older people the pressure has to be

soothing.

        When an Acupressure point is painful, there are three ways

            of applying pressure, depending upon the intensity of pain.

1. ACU TOUCH - With the thumb or index finger give

feather touch in case of severe pain at a point.

2. ACU PRESSURE- A pleasurable, rhythmic, on-and-

off pressure with the thumb or index finger for normal

points where one can tolerate pain.

3. ACU MASSAGE - In this technique, clockwise or

anti-clockwise rotation is carried out to increase or

decrease the energy flow in the body channel.

         For how long is the pressure applied?

The Acu touch or Acu pressure or Acu massage has to be

applied on the particular points for just two minutes.

Pleasurable pain is the goal.

         When to apply pressure?

            As a preventive measure, it is normally found to be more           

            beneficial when pressure is applied early in the morning or in the

            evening, when the Yin (Negative) and the Yang (Positive) energies

            are equal. It can also be done at any other time but it should be

            avoided for two hours after a heavy meal or one hour after a light 

            meal. As a curative measure, it can be applied on the onset of the

            symptoms.

         Is it effective against all diseases?

             It is very effective for relieving pain in the body like head

             ache, back-ache, knee pain etc. In all other diseases,   

             considerable improvement has been noticed. Any problem

             without any pathology in it can be effectively relieved with 

             acupressure.

          When can one expect results?

              Normally, for relieving pain, one can expect results

              immediately after acupressure and within a few days full cure

              is possible. But for certain diseases aminimum of four to  

              eight weeks are required to notice the changes.

           Is it possible to practice without any formal training?

              Of course, it is possible to learn Acupressure without

              attending any training course. But one does require practical

              experience for the body balance (energy balance) and the 

              relaxation desserts. Attending a training course can make 

              you confident in this technique.

           Is there any restriction?

              This therapy is not to be done throughout the day just 

              because it brings relief. Just practice it for fifteen minutes in

              the morning or in the evening. Let the nature inside your body

              take care of the healing process.

              It is not recommended during the early and late quarter of

              pregnancy but can be done under an expert’s guidance.

              it is not recommended for curing degenerative diseases eg..

              Cancer. Relaxation desserts help a lot in such cases.

               Do not apply more pressure on Medulla points. 

            What are the side effects?

    The best part of the treatment is that there is

    no side effect at all. Occasionally in the initial phase,

    slight discomfort may be observed in a few cases, when

    the body tries to normalize by rejecting the accumulated

    toxins from the body. No harm will be done even if a

    wrong point is pressed.

 Rules and Guidelines for Treatment

1.Rules

  • Since simple healing systems work without any specific diagnosis, overall treatment can be given to correct all the imbalances.
  • Listen to the complaints carefully.
  • Soreness or pain is common at most points and does not by itself indicate any abnormality.
  • Never prescribe any medicines if you are not authorised by your formal qualification.
  • Never treat any specific illness but give importance to those specific points.
  • Describe your technique willingly and educate them by demonstration.
  • Share your knowledge and encourage self-help technique.

2. Guidelines

  • Look out for any visible abnormality in feet and hands.
  • Pleasurable pain should be the goal; intersperse the acupressure sessions with desserts and relax the person.
  • Never work on affected areas; keep your finger-nails trimmed so that they do not make any contact with the skin.
  • Although one can use health gadgets if many people are to be treated at once, there is no substitute for human hand and human touch.
  • Never try to do all at once. Each treatment can be done for ten to twenty minutes and the results are expected within four to eight weeks. Severe problems will take a longer time.
  • Consistency and regularity are essential to get results. Twice a week is recommended for the frequency of treatment with self-help.
  • Occasionally body may react to get ride of the toxins accumulated in the body. Work on the kidney area at the end of the treatment.
  • Position the person in a relaxed way and have a direct eye contact while applying pressure to observe the reactions. Wash your hands clean using a soap.

3. General

  • It is safe for everyone including babies and old people.
  • Apply light pressure on the feet of the infants and the pressure has to be soothing for the old people.
  • Finally the attitude of the therapist is very important for the success of the treatment.