The term ‘acupressure’, comes from the Latin ‘acus’, which means ‘needle’, and the word ‘pressure’. It works using a similar technique and concept to acupuncture, but the tools used are different; whereas acupressure uses mainly firm pressure using fingers, acupuncture often uses very thin needles. For those with a phobia of needles, acupressure is a more welcome treatment! Acupressure has been around for thousands of years, originating from China, and has many health benefits when used appropriately. 

 

What is acupressure

It’s a little known fact that acupressure actually pre-dates acupuncture. And did you know that it’s often used instinctively, for example, when you press your fingers to your temples when you have a headache? This gives you a clue as to what acupressure is – it’s pressure applied to specific points (also known as acupoints) on the body. The Chinese discovered acupressure more than 5,000 years ago when pressure on certain points of the body relieved pain. Strangely, they found that pressure on one part of the skin also benefited other parts of the body too. In time, it was revealed that pressure applied on these ‘points’ could also improve the functioning of internal organs.

Acupressure points are the same as acupuncture points and, like acupuncture, acupressure is based around the theory of chi, or life energy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are pathways in the body along which the chi flows, which are called meridians. There are 14 of these and any imbalance or blockages along these meridians can cause illness. By stimulating certain points on the body through pressure, these blockages and imbalances can be cleared. It is said that the acupressure points are nerve endings along the meridians. Unlike Western medicine, acupressure looks to root out and fix the cause of illness, rather than treat the symptom.

 Benefits of acupressure

There have been many benefits reported from acupressure treatment, most commonly for:

  • Nausea relief
  • Pain relief in lower back
  • Tension headaches
  • Anxiety & Depression

Often people turn to acupressure because they are looking for ways to help the body heal itself and fix the cause, rather than turning to Western medicines to alleviate the symptom. Sometimes people use acupressure when all other types of medicine haven’t achieved the results they want.

When looking at acupressure, it’s important to take into consideration that medical studies have been small, although they’re increasingly growing. Whilst many people report on benefits such as those listed above, nothing conclusive has been drawn yet; some Western medical practitioners suggest that acupuncture may be a placebo effect or that those taking part in studies may have a bias towards this treatment already. Either way, the fact remains that it has been reported to help alleviate many chronic symptoms and for some, regardless as to whether it’s a placebo or not, people are reaping the benefits - after all, the power of the mind can be incredibly powerful.  

Can anyone have acupressure?

Yes, acupressure can be safely used on most people but it is worth going for treatment with a trained professional if you have any of the following:

  • Bone cancer or treatment which would involve pressure placed on or around a cancerous tumour
  • An illness which can be made worse through physical manipulation, for example, bone disease, spinal injury or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy, as certain pressure points can induce contractions

How does acupressure work in modern life?

With so much stimulation going on in our busy life, it’s not uncommon for us to grow out of touch with our bodies. We rely on a quick-fix paracetamol or two to help soothe headaches, tablets for uncomfortable stomachs, coffee to keep us awake and so-on. It may be easy to think there’s no place in our lives for acupressure; after all, this costs money and takes time - things we may not have or be prepared to spend. Plus, such treatment can take time to take effect and often we want to be made better ‘now’.

However, for those who are fed-up of modern living’s sticking plaster health ‘solutions’, acupressure can be a life-changer. And it’s also not necessary to see a specialist or take time out of your busy schedule to apply acupressure yourself to your body, especially if you are buying specialist medical solutions. From nausea to insomnia, there are non-invasive devices which harness the power of acupressure and ancient Chinese medicine to provide natural health solutions.

H7 Insomnia Control 

H7 Insomnia Control is a sleep aid unlike no other; it doesn’t require medication and can be applied without needing professional help. It works on the practise of acupressure and the H7 point, which is also known as Heart 7 or the Spirit Gate. Applying pressure to this specific point can help calm the body by relieving anxiety, nervousness and tension and has been used for thousands of years to help the insomniacs sleep.

H7 Insomnia Control consists of 20 patches which are applied to the H7 acupressure point on the wrist and has been proven to help promote sleep in 75% of people within 6 to 15 days. This is a relatively short time if you’ve been battling with insomnia for years!

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