Acupressure for Weight Control

Acupressure for Weight ControlApply steady, penetrating finger pressure to each of the following points for 3 minutes.1. Begin with 'Appetite Control' ear point. This appetite control point can help you avoid overeating.

Acupressure for Sex

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Acupressure for sex

Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in India over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities & for the healthy human body as they considered human body as the image of god where one could see his presence if it is in harmony. The word "Acu"is derived from latin language which means a very minute point.Hence these techniques stand for the therapeutic methods aimed to achieve cure by applying pressure at an acute point.Taking advantage of the modern development in scientific fields now the pressure is also applied with electric stimulation or by the electrodes.However the simplest & safest methods of stimilutaing the site is performed with fingers whihc press the particular points of the body to ease pains,tensions,fatigue & other symtoms of variuos diseases. In earlier times in ancient India this was also done with acupuncture as it was believed that peircing the ear lobes of young girls protects them from asthamatic disorders or piercing the nose was done to insure the fertility of the Female beings to for smooth flow of mensural cycles & good health.One of the important principle of Acupressure therapy is based upon purely a scientific basis : nerve ending of all small-big blood vessels & that of the nervous system lie at the base of the hand & feet.Hence the hands & feet have the control points of the entire human system. The whole human body is divided vertically & horizontally & they would correspond to the points in the hand & the palm which are know as reflex points. Acupressure reflex points are quite capable to find out the basic cause of the troubles or diseases in the body whre clinical tests might fail.Hense they are the mirror of the body ailments.these reflex points may differ from person to person slightly according the frame of body.Pressure is aplied by means of the physicans thumb, fingers or wooden objects on the reflex points moderately & whereever the patient feel the uncomfortable there the pressure point being defective may indicate health problems in the corresponding body parts.Human body is not only a unique machine but a store house o infinaite energy too.This energy is called pranicn energy or Bio-energy in the acu-parlance get dissipated everday owing to age & other fctors.This leakage accentuates process of aging & hence the body gets aflicted with a variety of diseases.But in acupressure therapy we control & plug this leakage by applying pressure on certain relfex point in the arm so taht this bio electricity is plugged to ensure healthy & longer life.

Advantages of using acupressure include relieving pain, balancing the body and maintaining good health. The healing touch of acupressure reduces tension, increases circulation, and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.Several kinds of acupressure are taught at the Institute all using the same ancient trigger points. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create different styles of acupressure. Shiatsu, for instance, the most well-known style of acupressure, can be quite vigorous, with firm pressure applied to each point for only three to five seconds, while the Jin Shin style of acupressure gently holds each point for a minute or more. More On Acupressure Healing Ayurveda Herbs Sujok Reflexology Alternative Medicine

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Motion sickness and acupressure

Motion sickness


Motion sickness is a normal response to real, perceived, or even anticipated movement. People tend to get motion sickness on a moving boat, train, airplane, car, or amusement park rides. Although this condition is fairly common and often only a minor nuisance, it may be incapacitating for people who travel frequently -- although the more you travel, the more you get used to the motion.
Signs and Symptoms:

The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:

* Nausea
* Paleness of the skin
* Cold sweats
* Vomiting
* Dizziness
* Headache
* Increased salivation
* Fatigue


Motion sickness occurs when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. This most often happens when a person is in a moving vehicle such as a car, boat, or airplane, but it may also happen on flight simulators or amusement park rides. From inside a ship's cabin, the inner ear may sense rolling motions that the eyes cannot see, and, conversely, the eyes may see movement on a "virtual reality" simulation ride that the body does not feel. Interestingly, once a person gets used to the movement and the motion stops, symptoms may return (although usually only briefly). Sometimes just anticipating movement can cause anxiety and symptoms of motion sickness. For example, a person who had previously had motion sickness might become nauseous on an airplane before take-off.


Some studies suggest that acupressure may help reduce symptoms of motion sickness in the same way as acupuncture, although the evidence is not clear. An acupressure practitioner works with the same points used in acupuncture, but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles.

The acupuncture point known as Pericardium 6, traditionally has been said to help relieve nausea. It is located on the inside of the wrist, about the length of 2 fingernails up the arm from the center of the wrist crease. Many travel stores sell wrist bands with built in buttons designed to apply acupressure to this point.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Using information from other sources ("cun")

Using information from other sources ("cun")

To be able to use information from other sources for locating points, you'll need to know what the "cun" is.

1 cun = 1 thumb widthThe "cun" is the standard unit of measurement for the body used in acupuncture. As everyone's body has different dimensions, it is defined according to the person whose body is to be treated.

1 cun = width of the thumb, in the middle, at the crease
3 cun = combined breadth of the 4 fingers, at the level of the pinky finger's first joint above the palm of the hand
12 cun = the distance from the elbow crease to the wrist crease.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Acupressure for shyness

Acupressure point LIV-1. It's location, photograph, use for emotional well-being and warnings.


location of LIV-1Name: Great Esteem (Liver 1)
Location: On the big toe, at the bottom corner of the nail at the side of the other toes.
Use: Press.
Effects: Assertiveness, discerning when to go along with others and when to assert oneself. Self-esteem.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Acupressure Wristbands Help Cancer Patients

Practitioners of Chinese medicine techniques have long used stimulation of points on the wrists through acupuncture or acupressure to relieve nausea. However, mainstream medical doctors have generally dismissed claims that acupressure wristbands could have any power to stop nausea. But a study by Rochester Medical Center researchers just published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management has found the Chinese approach really does work -- and it is not due to the placebo effect, either.

The significance of the study, the scientists noted in a statement to media, is that acupressure wristbands appear to be a safe, low-cost way to help cancer patients cut down on nausea when undergoing radiation, chemo and other treatments.

"We know the placebo effect exists, the problem is that we don't know how to measure it very well," said Joseph A. Roscoe, Ph.D., corresponding author and research associate professor at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at URMC, in the press release. "In this study we attempted to manipulate the information we gave to patients, to see if their expectations about nausea could be changed. As it turned out, our information to change people's expectations had no effect -- but we still found that the wristbands reduce nausea symptoms."

The study involved 88 people divided into three groups. All the participants were suffering from some degree of nausea after receiving at least two radiation treatments for various types of cancer. Dr. Roscoe explained that while chemotherapy is more often linked with producing nausea and vomiting, radiation to the intestinal tract can also cause those distressing symptoms.

A control group received no wristbands while a second group used wristbands and received information leading them to expect the treatment to work. A third group also received wristbands but only neutral information about wearing them, so they were not psychologically influenced to believe the wristbands would relieve their nausea. The results? All the patients who wore the acupressure wristbands experienced a 23.8 percent decrease in nausea compared to a 4.8 percent decrease in the control group.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The healing art of Acupressure is at least 5,000 years old and remains the third most popular method for pain and illness relief in the world. It is a complete health system that has been documented to be used for over 3000 conditions. Anyone looking for options to their current treatments or are concerned about situations in which they may not be able to get to medical help, should consider this as the first treatment choice for any home self care system.

Based on the same principles as Acupuncture using pressure instead of needles, Acupressure works by stimulating specific reflex points located along the lines of energy which run through the body, called meridians. There are fourteen main meridian lines each of which corresponds to an individual organ of the body. When the vital energies are able to flow through the meridians in a balanced and even way the result is good health. However, when we experience pain or illness it is an indication that there is a block or leak in the energy flow within your body.

There is a natural source of healing power in everyone. When this healing power is activated, it triggers a series of complicated internal processes producing a Healing Response. Pain or injury act to alert the body that damage control is needed, at which point the Healing Response begins and endorphins are generated to repair the affected area. This increases the heart rate and alters the blood pressure to speed up the elimination of toxins from the damaged area.

Acupressure induces this Healing Response by simulating injury through pressure. When applied to specific sore points along the meridians at different points for different conditions, this pressure tricks the body into thinking it has been damaged. The body then produce endorphins to relieve distress in the organs and systems corresponding to that Acupressure point. While the body is healing at the point of pain, it produces a Healing Response all along the meridian.

The goal with Acupressure is to learn the points that will produce the Healing Response for the conditions we want to fix. Through repetitive Acupressure treatments, the body learns a new and effective way to activate the Healing Response on its own and increases the power to heal itself without any outside intervention.

For the conditions listed below, you will find points that the experts agree help these conditions and that are easy to find. Sometimes you only need a few points to get results. The points follow (as shown in the diagrams below):

* GB 20 – just under the base of the skull in two small muscular grooves at the back of the neck
* GB 21 – on top of the shoulder, 2"-3" from the side of the neck
* GB 30 – near the "ball-joint" of the hips in the depression formed by squeezing the buttocks (relax before stimulating)
* Li 4* – on the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger, in the center of the large bone on your finger – to be probed inward toward the main body of the hand, directly on the bone
* Li 11 – on the extreme end of the outer crease of the elbow – bend arm tightly to find point (open arm and relax before stimulating)
* SP 6* – on the front of the leg, just behind the shin bone – the width of one hand (three thumbs) above the crown of the inner ankle
* St 36* – in the trough or valley just away from the most prominent shin bone, the width of one hand (three thumbs) below the bottom of the kneecap toward outside of leg the width of one thumb.
* T 5 – on the forearm two thumb widths above the most prominent crease of the upper wrist, in line with the middle finger
* UB 54 – at the rear of the knee, in the center of the crease between the two ligaments
* UB 60 – in the hollow or valley behind the crown of the outer ankle

*Pregnant women should avoid using SP 6, Li 4, and St 36.


* Allergies: Li4,11 SP6 St36
* Arthritis: GB20 Li4,11 St36 T5 UB60
* Asthma: Li4 GB20,21 SP6 St36
* Bronchitis: Li4 GB20,21 St36
* Cold and Flu: Li4,11 T5 GB20 St36 SP6
* Constipation: St36 SP6 Li4,11
* Diarrhea: St36, SP6 Li4
* Ear Infection: Li4,11 T5 St36 GB20
* Fainting: St36 Li4 GB20
* Fatigue: St36 GB21
* Fever: Li4,11 T5
* Hemorrhoids: Li11 SP6 UB60
* Indigestion: SP6 St36 Li4
* Infection: Li4,11 St36
* Insomnia: SP6 GB20 St36
* Menstrual Cramps: Li4 St36 GB20 SP6
* Motion Sickness: GB20 St36 SP6
* Multiple Sclerosis: GB20 UB60 St36 SP6
* Nausea: GB21 St36
* Pain Control: Li4 SP6 St36 Gb20 UB60
* Pneumonia: St36 Li4,11
* Sciatica: GB30 UB54,60 SP6
* Sinusitis: GB20 Li4,11 SP6
* Toothache: Li4,11 St36
* Vertigo: Li4 GB20,21 UB60 T5 St36


To find the appropriate point, read the description and look at the diagram illustrating the location of the point, and then find the general area on your skin. Gently probe the area until you find that point which gives you a "funny bone" feeling or is sensitive, tender or sore. Then press hard enough to make the point hurt.

You can use a steady pressure or a five seconds on and five seconds off rotating pressure for the time you stimulate the point. Usually one minute is sufficient for each treatment session.

Regular, systematic treatment usually gets the best results because the effects of Acupressure are cumulative. At first, frequent treatment is recommended. Treatment three times daily for five to ten minutes may be necessary. Or treat more frequent, such as every two hours, until you start feeling relief. You cannot overdose.

Some report almost immediate results; others may need a few weeks to get lasting results. Acupressure is safe. Side effects are very rare. Treat while sitting down and do not administer after meals.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Acupressure for Menstrual Cramps

Acupressure for Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps affect more than 50 percent of women worldwide and more than 15 percent suffer from severe cramping that limits physical activity. The process of acupressure, which involves applying pressure to spots on the body known as acupoints that correspond to junctions of physiological systems, can reduce the pain associated with menstrual cramps.
What Kind of Acupressure Relieves Menstrual Cramping?

Women suffering from menstrual cramps can use a variety of acupressure points to relieve pain and other symptoms. The basic technique is to locate the acupressure point and apply pressure using the tip of the finger, the knuckle or a soft rounded object, such as a pencil eraser. Pressure should be applied for 1 to 3 minutes, but care should be taken to ensure that the fingers remain comfortable while applying pressure.

Acupoints are named for the part of the body they correspond to rather than the part of the body where the acupoint is located. For instance, an acupoint commonly used for menstrual cramping is “Three Yin Intersection” (the Chinese term for which is San Yin Jiao), which is located behind the calf, about three inches from the ankle. The acupoint is also known as SP-6 or “Spleen 6” because it is part of a pathway that Chinese medicine specialists believe includes the spleen.

Other acupoints known to help with menstrual cramping include:

* The Sea of Energy (Qi Hai) located two finger widths below the belly button. Also called Conception Vessel (CV) 6. The CV-6 point is also used to treat digestion problems, edema, and bloating.

* The Inner Pass (Nei Guan) located approximately 2 inches from the wrist on the inner arm. Also known as Pericardium (PC) 6. This point has also been demonstrated, in clinical studies, to relieve vomiting and abdominal problems during pregnancy.

* The Union Valley (He Gu) located in the webbing between the thumb and the forefinger. Also known as Large Intestine (LI) 4. This point is believed to aid in any problem involving chronic pain.

* The Wind Pool (Feng Chi) located at the rear of the skull about two to three inches from the ear. Also called Gall Bladder (GB) 20. The GB-20 point is often prescribed for headache and hypertension.

* The Leg Three Li (Zu San Li) located about one finger width from the juncture of the tibia on the outside of the leg. Also known as Stomach (ST) 36. The ST-36 point is also used to relieve any other issue involving the stomach or spleen.

* The Middle Gate (Mu Guan) located about one finger width from the wrist crease on the palm. This is an extra point discovered by Master Tong, although it is on the Pericardium (PC) pathway. Mu Guan is also used for heel pain.

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, moxibustion, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Medical manuscripts and other artifacts indicate that Chinese healers have been using acupressure for at least 3000 years to treat ailments from fractured bones to depression.

There are two views on how acupressure works. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is believed to be composed of channels of energy, known as meridians, that connect all the body’s organs and other components into a single system. It is believed that by applying pressure to certain points (acupressure) or piercing the points with needles (acupuncture), the flow of energy (qi) is altered. These changes in energy result in corresponding effects on the body.

Research indicates that acupuncture and acupressure can alter levels of neurochemicals, which are chemicals that flow through the bloodstream and regulate a variety of bodily processes. It is also possible that by altering body chemistry, acupressure can have an effect on a variety of ailments.

Experiments have indicated that acupressure is highly effective at relieving tension and stress. It has also been shown to have significant positive effects on pain and circulatory problems. Some medical professionals have suggested that by relieving stress in one part of the body, acupressure may have peripheral effects on other parts of the body, including lessening sensations of pain.
What Causes Menstrual Cramps?

Menstrual cramping, known as “dysmenorrhea,” is a painful affliction that accompanies menstruation in approximately 50 percent of women. As the lining of the uterus (endometrium) begins breaking down during menstruation, dying tissues release hormones called prostaglandins into the blood stream. Prostaglandins cause the muscles of the uterus to contract as they force the endometrial material through the cervix and the vagina.

As pieces of the uterine lining pass through the cervix, pressure from contracting muscles may cause pain in the uterus. Most menstrual cramps last from 15 to 90 seconds and generally start in the lower abdomen and pelvis. Pain can be continuous or periodic and usually lasts for 2-4 days.

The intensity of menstrual cramping is related to the concentration of hormones and other neurochemicals in the blood. Women with narrow cervical canals also tend to suffer from more painful cramping. The cramps endured by some women during menstruation are similar to those experienced by women during early stages of childbirth.

While traditional medicines and pain relievers are often used to treat the symptoms of menstrual cramps, some women prefer a more naturalistic approach. Certain types of exercise, dietary changes, and herbal remedies have all been developed to address cramping. As information about Traditional Chinese Medicine has become more widely available, a number of women have turned to treatments like acupuncture and acupressure as potential solutions to menstrual cramps.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Acupressure Cautions to Consider

Acupressure Cautions to Consider

* Apply finger pressure on acupressure points gradually in a slow, rhythmic manner to enable the layers of soft tissue and muscle fibers to respond. Never press any area in an abrupt, forceful, or jarring way.

* Use the abdominal acupressure points cautiously, especially if you are ill. Avoid the abdominal area entirely if a patient has a life-threatening disease, such as intestinal cancer, tuberculosis, serious cardiac conditions, and leukemia.

* Gently press or touch lymph areas, such as in the groin, the area of the throat, in the soft tissue just below the ear lobs, and the area around the breast near the armpits. These areas are often extremely sensitive and thus should be touched only lightly, not pressed.

* Do not work directly on a serious burn, an ulcerous condition, or an infection: for these conditions, medical care and attention is indicated.

* Do not work directly on a recently formed scar. During the first month after an injury or operation, do not apply pressure directly on the affected site. However, gentle continuous holding a few inches away from the periphery of the injury will stimulate the area and help it heal.

After an acupressure point session, your body temperature is lowered; thus your resistance to cold is also lower. Because the tensions have been released, your body’s vital energies are concentrating inward to maximize healing. Your body will be more vulnerable, so be sure to wear extra clothing, do not eat cold foods or drinks, and keep warm after receiving an in-depth acupressure routine.

Acupressure Boundaries & Limitations

Patients with life-threatening diseases and serious medical problems should always consult their doctor before using acupressure or other alternative therapies; it is important for the novice to use caution in any medical emergency situation, such as a stroke or heart attack, or for any serious medical condition such as arteriosclerosis or an illness caused by bacteria. Acupressure therapy must be used as an adjunct to western medicine and other complementary treatments for cancer, contagious skin diseases, or sexually transmitted diseases. In conjunction with proper medical attention, gentle touch on acupressure points safely away from the diseased area or internal organs can soothe and relieve a patient’s distress and pain.

Acupressure for Pregnancy and Lactation

Avoid the abdominal area during pregnancy. Use special care applying acupressure points during pregnancy by using lighter pressure – consciously approaching the pressure points slowly and gradually. Please refer to chapters 29 and 36 in Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach for pregnancy points and breast feeding acupressure points are effective, what points to avoid during pregnancy, acupressure points for relieving discomforts due to pregnancy, labor pain pressure points, postpartum recovery points, acupressure points for nursing, and further acupressure therapy guidance.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Better Than Sedatives: Acupressure Calms Children Before Surgery

Better Than Sedatives: Acupressure Calms Children Before Surgery

An acupressure treatment applied to children undergoing anesthesia noticeably lowers their anxiety levels and makes the stress of surgery more calming for them and their families, UC Irvine anesthesiologists have learned.

According to Dr. Zeev Kain, anesthesiology and perioperative care chair, and his Yale University collaborator Dr. Shu-Ming Wang, this noninvasive, drug-free method is an effective, complementary anxiety-relief therapy for children during surgical preparation. Sedatives currently used before anesthesia can cause nausea and prolong sedation.

"Anxiety in children before surgery is bad because of the emotional toll on the child and parents, and this anxiety can lead to prolonged recovery and the increased use of analgesics for postoperative pain," said Kain, who led the acupressure study. "What's great about the use of acupressure is that it costs very little and has no side effects."

In this study, Kain and his Yale colleagues applied adhesive acupressure beads to 52 children between the ages of 8 and 17 who were to undergo endoscopic stomach surgery. In half the children, a bead was applied to the Extra-1 acupoint, which is located in the midpoint between the eyebrows. In the other half, the bead was applied to a spot above the left eyebrow that has no reported clinical effects.

Thirty minutes later, the researchers noted decreased anxiety levels in the children who had the beads applied to the Extra-1 acupoint. In turn, anxiety levels increased in the other group. Overall, they found the use of acupressure had no effect on the surgical procedure.

"As anesthesiologists, we need to look at all therapeutic opportunities to make the surgical process less stressful for all patients," Kain said. "We can't assume that Western medical approaches are the only viable ones, and we have an obligation to look at integrative treatments like acupressure as a way to improve the surgery experience."

Surgery is traumatic for most children, and Kain leads research to find integrative methods, such as soothing music, massage, and Chinese acupuncture and acupressure treatments, to make the surgical period more calming for patients and their families.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Simple Acupressure weight loss method

Simple Acupressure weight loss method

Friends from overseas came back, not seen for two months,her figure become so fine, weight was reduced by as much as eight kilograms. How can she get so fast weight loss? She told me that the latest weight loss acupressure technique is popular in London , not only do not need to take weight loss pill, but also do not have any instruments, but can be done anytime, anywhere, as long as the use of a short period of time to spare a few minutes. Is the most easy way to lose weight.

1. Acupressure lips before meal

Put the forefinger on the Point Renzhong, thumb on the upper lip of the front-end, rapid pinch for 30 times, this method can control the appetite, so that the stomach is no longer feel hunger. However, this method should not be done in public places, easy to eye-catching.
2. Avoid snacking method

Use the front-end of the two fingers hand, to pressure inside of the wrist, by the thumb to little finger slowly in front of the bottom, can be used right-hand man. slowly moved from the bottom of the Thumb to the front of the little finger, each hand can be used.

3. Press stomach when eating by the middle finger

Put the fingertips of index and middle fingers on the center between the sternum and the navel, this method can control the filling of hunger. 30 times around in 10 seconds.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Acupressure for LIVER problems

Liver and Vision-enhancing Massage

1. Thumb-knead the depressions below the occipital bone (Gb20), at the bottom of the skull, 30 times.
2. Place the thumbs on the temples and use the middle knuckles of the index fingers to press the inner canthi of eyes, then scrape apart along the upper and lower orbits, 30 times.
3. Thumb-knead the inner sides of the eyebrows (Bl2), 30 times.
4. Pinch the nasal bridge closest to the inner canthi of eyes (Bl1), 30 times.
5. Thumb-knead the temples, 30 times.
6. First rub the hands together to get them warm, then put them over the closed eyes with the palms for 30 seconds; then slightly rub the eyeballs 10 times or more.
7. Nip and knead on the middle part of the palm web (Li4), between the thumb and index finger, 30 times.
8. Knead the sides of the ninth thoracic vertebra (Bl18), 30 times.
9. Knead the dorsum of the foot, in the depression between the big toe and the second toe (Lr3), 30 times on each foot.

This massage enhances liver function and helps improve vision. When kneading or pressing on particular points, there should be enough force to bring about numbness or soreness, while rubbing or wiping should create a feeling of warmth.

Acupressure for liver and vision enhancement
Acupressure for liver and vision enhancement

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Acupressure for hair loss

Stimulating acupressure points will help reduce hair loss.

For who have thinning hair, hair loss is a very serious trouble.
Hair loss is caused by various factors such as poor food balance and bad shampoo method. The main causes are heredity and psychological stress. Is there any effective acupressure point for stopping such fallen hair?
In China, it has been thought that blood raises hair. The deep black hair is a proof whose blood is abundant (because blood carries nutritive substance to hair).
Therefore, it is important for the measure against hair loss to improve the flow of the blood of the head first.
The acupressure point that has an effect in improving the blood circulation of a head is the “Paihui” located in the top of the head.


The “Paihui” is located in the top of the head, at which the extension from a nose crosses the extension top of an ear on either side.
Stimulation method

Use about ten toothpicks bundled with the rubber band to stimulate the “Paihui.” Also, let's stimulate the portion from which hair tends to fall. And finally please give a stimulus uniformly to the whole head. Generally, perform the above method for 2 to 3 minutes, once a day. Be careful not to damage the head at this time.
In addition, it is still more effective if "a head massage" is practiced.
Head massage

As shown in the figure, with five fingers of one hand, push the “Paihui” and its surroundings lightly in the vertical direction. It is because many acupressure points that have an effect to hair loss exist in the surroundings of the ”Paihui.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Acupressure and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Let's consider an aspect from the world of the mind. Many researchers believe that inferior diet and poor blood circulation to the brain, cause a large majority of mental problems. Attention deficit disorders and violent behavior, in adolescents and adults,
has been treated and remedied through proper diet and thinning of the blood. And, it can all be done without any numbing or dumbing down.

If you have blood pressure, or other blood related problems, diet and exercise are a good place to start. But, if you've been there, done that and still have problems, another remedy maybe acupuncture. One of the problems with acupuncture, for some people, is the puncture part. The other problem is in order to make it work, you have to know exactly where to make the puncture. An option is acupuncture's sibling, acupressure. Acupressure is something you can do yourself and don't have to have a laser sight to hit the mark. You do have to press hard at times because many of the acupoints are fairly deep in the skin.

Someone 4' 11' isn't going to have an acupoint in exactly the same place as someone who's 7' 2". So, just find the general location and feel around. If there's a problem, there'll also be a tender spot. The tender spot is an indication of an energy blockage. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the originators of acupuncture, springtime is the optimum time of year for treating the blood and liver.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Is Acupressure an Effective Pain Relief Gout Treatment?

When suffering from the disorder, the pain relief gout remedies can offer can become one of the most important goals in your life. Though exercise is considered to be a great preventative for gout, it is neither a comfortable nor a practical method for relieving the discomfort that is felt at the time of an attack. Many people are lead to believe, therefore, that medications are their only options in this case.

However, if you'd rather use a method that is not based on pharmaceuticals as a pain relief gout treatment, then you may wish to look into alternative and complimentary remedies such as acupressure.

Before beginning any therapy, it is wise to speak to your doctor, since you will need to make sure that there isn't any existing condition that would stop you from practicing an alternative therapy such as acupressure.

Acupressure itself is a form of Shiatsu massage. This type of massage is based on ancient Chinese medicine that uses the same concepts as the more commonly recognized treatment of acupuncture.

Essentially, Acupressure is based on the belief that there are around 2000 different points on the body that can be manipulated in order to affect the energy flow of the body. Each of the points is located on one of the body's 20 different meridians - the lines along which the energy flows. This energy - also known as Qi - flows between the surface of the body (where the acupressure points are located) inside until it reaches through the internal organs. Manipulating the flow of the Qi by using the pressure points can help a person to achieve an improved balance throughout the body and mind.

When the body becomes ill or is injured, an imbalance to the Qi occurs. Acupressure can manipulate the flow of the Qi, directing energy to the imbalanced area so that better healing can be achieved. This can be very effective for releasing muscular tension and increasing blood flow to needy parts of the body - an essential part of pain relief gout success. Once the energy allows healing to accelerate, the balance of the body can be restored.

The primary difference between using acupressure and acupuncture for pain relief gout treatment is that acupuncture uses needles whereas acupressure simply requires the practitioner use his or her thumbs, fingers, or knuckles in order to apply pressure to the specific points, encouraging circulation to the joint or area affected by the gout.

Many gout sufferers report the following benefits when undergoing acupressure:

- Pain relief,
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased circulation
- Reduced tension
- Better relaxation
- Reduced stress
- Improved mental health

Acupressure for gout pain relief is best administered by a trained professional who will use gentle, yet firm pressure to the correct points on the body, using a knuckle, finger, or thumb. This pressure is held for between fifteen and thirty seconds. It usually feels like quick, jolting sensation that is immediately followed by numbness or a tingling that then dissipates over time. Once the pressure is released, most people feel some immediate pain relief.

Between acupressure sessions, many people choose pain relief gout herbal remedies to help the healing process along and treat attacks. Some of the natural treatments that are gaining some attention lately include Juniper berries.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Acupressure for Sciatica(nerve treatment)

If acupuncture is a mainstay of sciatica nerve treatment under Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) then acupressure is a closely related to it. The basic principles of acupressure are the same as acupuncture:

* Identification of cause of sciatica on the basic principles of yin and yang.
* Earmarking pressure points called meridians.
* Unblock what is known as Qi, the vital energy force.

Acupressure differs from acupuncture only in the procedure adopted to release Qi. Acupuncture involves insertion of needles at the pressure points. Acupressure attempts to achieve the same results by applying consistent pressure at the same meridians.

The specialist uses thumbs, fingers and elbows depending upon the amount of pressure required. For sciatica pain it is advised to find the center of the depression at the side of both the buttocks. ‘Hard’ pressure is then applied on both sides simultaneously. It is important that the pressure applied is ‘hard’ since the pressure points lie deep below the skin. The pressure has to be consistent and kept till the count of 15. The idea is to free the sciatic nerve from muscular tension and entrapment.

Sciatica pain is a symptom of a disease and not an ailment in its own right. Whether it is chronic, mild or episodic the primary objective of acupressure is to relieve pain before determining the underlying cause. Sciatica pain is mostly caused by the compression of a sciatic nerve root that exits from under the spine and extends along the both legs via the buttocks. The compression can be due to trauma, natural narrowing of the spinal cord or degeneration due to advancing age. Bad postures too can cause a pinched nerve and cause pain to sciatica.

Both acupuncture and acupressure specialists recommend additional alternative sciatica remedies to be used in conjunction with these dedicated procedures. One gentle exercise that is particularly recommended is the knee to chest exercise. Lie on the floor and bring your knees to the chest and hold for a while.

Alternative therapies have one thing in common – the remedies recommended as part of an alternative approach are all natural and avoid the use of any kind of synthetic products. Due to this one common factor, it has been observed that there are lots of commonalities in alternative sciatica remedies adopted by different therapies. The knee to chest exercise is also one of the exercises that are suggested among others by the yoga experts to relieve sciatica pain. Similarly application of heat on the pressure points is another alternative sciatica remedy that is common to practically all therapies.

Besides being holistic and natural in their approach some of the advantages of alternative therapies include:

* They are free from side effects.
* They do not cost much.
* Some of them are easy to follow at home.
* They address the root cause rather than suppressing pain temporarily.
* Most of them focus on strengthening the body and its immune system.
* Alternative therapies like homoeopathy, which involve ingesting naturally prepared remedies, are instrumental in treating certain hidden symptoms of other ailments along with sciatica.

There has been a marked increase in the popularity of alternative therapies in the recent years. Acupressure in one among the various alternative remedies that have found favor since it does not require the patient to ingest medication. It should be noted that a serious acupressure treatment should only be performed by a fully certified specialist because sometimes hard pressure applied at the wrong place can lead to complications.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Acupressure for Breast Cancer

Acupressure is a medical treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which pressure is applied to specific points on the body where Qi, or energy, tends to stagnate. Left untreated, stagnant energy can lead to a host of medical problems, from minor ailments, such as insomnia and headaches, to diseases, including breast cancer.

Practicing acupressure regularly can help prevent breast cancer and its reoccurrence by promoting the smooth flow of energy in the meridians, or energy pathways, that run through the breast area. It is also very effective at lessening the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation by helping the body expel toxins introduced by these treatments. (For information how stagnant energy can lead to breast cancer, please see our introduction to TCM.)

In this section, we'll teach you how to massage seven acupoints that are specifically targeted at breast-cancer treatment and prevention.

Practicing acupressure

When you practice acupressure, don't worry too much about hitting each spot precisely. With these points, massaging the general area can be just as effective as focusing on the exact point. If you're unsure whether the spot you're massaging is correct, widen the area to which you're applying pressure. Usually, you'll find a spot that is especially tender. This means you're in the right place, as these points will be sensitive when energy is stagnant in the area.

If you have breast cancer, massage these points daily for at least five minutes each. For general breast-cancer prevention, three to four times a week is sufficient. Most of the acupoints are bilateral, meaning they appear in the same place on both the left and right sides of the body. Of course, if you have suffered any injuries, you should consult your physician before practicing acupressure.

To see the greatest health benefits, practice acupressure as often as you can, whenever you can. Massage these points individually every free moment you have. For example, rub the point hegu, which is on the back of your hands, while watching television or waiting for a bus. Or massage the yongquan, which is on the soles of your feet, by rolling a tennis ball under your feet while you sit at your desk. Collectively, these moments add up to a substantial amount of time for self-healing that would otherwise be lost.

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1. Yongquan breast cancer

The yongquan is located at the exact center of the bottom of each foot. Starting with your left foot, massage this point as deeply as comfortable using your thumb or even a tennis ball—anything you have on hand.

If you have breast cancer, you should also apply moxibustion to this point. To do this, you'll need a moxibustion stick, which is a stick of tightly rolled dried herbs wrapped in paper (available at most health-food or Asian-food stores). Light one until it starts smoking. It will burn slowly.

To apply moxibustion to the yongquan, place a thin slice of fresh ginger over the point and hold a lit moxibustion stick a few inches from foot so the heat (not the smoke) penetrates the ginger and drives its essence into this point. Hold for about five minutes on each foot.

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2. Guanyuan breast cancer

The guanyuan is on the meridian of the conception vessel. Massaging this point can also help relieve menstrual cramps.

The guanyuan is located the width of four fingers directly below the navel.

Using your palm, massage this point gently by making five small circles in one direction, then five circles in the other direction. Repeat for three to five minutes.

If you have breast cancer, place a slice of ginger over this point and apply heat from a moxibustion stick for about five minutes.

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3. Zhongwan breast cancer

The zhongwan is the entire area from under your breastbone to above your navel. Massaging this area can help strengthen your digestive system and relieve nausea and lack of appetite caused by chemotherapy.

Massage this area gently by placing one hand on top of the other and slowly making five circles.

Reverse direction and make five more circles. Repeat this routine for about five minutes.

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4. Dabao acupressure breast cancer treatment

The dabao is on the meridian of the spleen. Its clinical name is SP-21. Massaging this point can strengthen the digestive system and relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

The dabao is a full hand's width under the armpit on the side of the rib cage.

Use your palm to massage this point slowly and gently for about five minutes, starting with your left side.

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5. Hegu breast cancer acupressure

The hegu is on the meridian of the large intestine. Massaging this area stimulates the energy of the stomach, large intestine, and lung.

The hegu is located on the back of each hand where the bones of the thumb and index finger meet.

Use your thumb to massage this point as deeply as comfortable, making a small circle for about five minutes.

Continue massaging down the side of the index-finger bone, toward the first knuckle.

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6. Taichong acupressure breast cancer

The taichong is on the meridian of the liver.

The taichong is on the top of each foot in the crook where the big toe bone meets the second toe bone (analogous to the hegu on the hand).

Massage this point with your thumb as deeply as is comfortable, starting with the left side, for about five minutes.

Continue along the second toe until you reach the tip. You may feel some pain; this means you are in the right spot and are unblocking stagnation in your liver meridian.

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7. Jianjing acupressure breast cancer

The jianjing is on the meridian of the gall bladder. Its clinical name is GB-21.

The jianjing is located on top of each shoulder, exactly halfway between the neck and the shoulder bone.

Use your fingers to massage this point as deeply as is comfortable, starting with your left shoulder. Be sure to massage both sides.


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Monday, April 6, 2009

Acupressure Bands

Non Invasive Acupressure Bands Reduce Sickness In Chemo Patients

More evidence that acupressure wrist bands ‘Sea-Band’ may relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea for cancer patients

In a recent study[1] conducted by researchers from the Radiotherapy and Oncology department of the San Gerardo Hospital – Monza (Italy), 70% of patients undergoing chemotherapy found their related sickness improved whilst wearing Sea-Band during and after their treatment.

Recent studies have shown that approximately 60% of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will experience related nausea. However, despite the availability of anti-emetic (anti-sickness) drugs, post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting affects patients’ quality of life. Nausea and vomiting can extend beyond the time of treatment and in fact can be more distressing to patients in the days following their course of chemotherapy.[2,3,4}

The preliminary study, presented to the 8th national congress of medical oncology in Milan, comes at a time when conventional pharmacological treatments for post-chemotherapy nausea and vomiting are still proving ineffective for a considerable number of cancer patients, leading many to terminate their treatment altogether, so severe are its side effects and the impact on quality of life.

Professor Lissoni, who worked on the study, commented on its findings: “This preliminary study is encouraging for the many patients whose chemotherapy is causing symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Chemotherapy is a highly aggressive chemical treatment regimen so we would welcome the option of treating side effects with a non-drug, non-invasive therapy. In this group of highly medicated patients, less is definitely more when it comes to additional pharmacological interventions.

Naturopath and acupressure specialist, Jacqueline Young, of the Healthcheck Clinic in central London says,” Sea-Band wristbands have helped many of my patients undergoing the rigours of chemotherapy. They report feeling less nausea both before and after chemotherapy and more able to continue the treatment. Since the bands are without side-effects, affordable, re-usable and of proven effectiveness in reducing nausea, I believe they can have a useful role to play for chemotherapy patients.”

Chemotherapy is the treatment of diseases such as cancer with drug therapy. There are over 50 chemotherapy drugs, which can damage normal cells as well as cancerous ones hence side effects are common. Despite progress in the prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, many patients still experience symptoms.

Sea-Band has long been known to relieve feelings of nausea and have been used to treat morning sickness, motion sickness and post-operative nausea, as well as post-chemotherapy nausea. Worn around the wrist, the Sea-Band exerts a constant, gentle pressure on a point on the inner wrist called the Pericardium 6 (P6) acupressure point. Some of the leading cancer patient support groups, such as Cancer Research UK, recognise the use of Sea-Band for alleviating post-chemotherapy nausea

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Acupressure the New Cure for Acid Reflux

Acupressure is acupuncture without the use of needles. By applying pressure to the acupoints prescribed by ancient Chinese medicine, specific organs and areas of the body may be successfully treated. With this science, the energy of the meridian system called Yin, Yang and Qi is brought into alignment, allowing the body to heal itself.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used to treat digestive disorders for over two thousand years. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture, acupressure and electrical acupoint stimulation applied to Pericardium 6 (P6) reduce relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Relaxation of the LES is the major cause of acid reflux. One study with electrical acupoint stimulation showed a 40% reduction of these LES relaxations in most of the cases studied. This is an astounding claim and could be the beginning of one of the most important discoveries ever made for the treatment of acid reflux.

What is P6? P6, also called Neiguan, is an acupoint located on the underside of the wrist between 2 tendons. If you hold out your hand and bend it toward you, P6 is located in the middle of the wrist approximately two finger-widths from the crease where the hand and arm meet.

What is the LES? The lower esophageal sphincter is a muscular valve located between the esophagus and the stomach, which opens to allow food and liquids into the stomach. It is supposed to close tight to prevent gastric fluids from coming back up into the esophagus. When it becomes relaxed, you have acid reflux. Many things can cause the LES to relax; acidic foods, carbonated beverages, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate and stress, to name a few.

Acupressure to the P6 has been employed for years to relieve nausea and vomiting. Recently it has been used to treat traveler’s motion and sea sickness, morning sickness in pregnant women and post operative nausea. Acupressure wrist bands, also called "sea bands", are now being used for this purpose. The wrist band fits snugly on the wrist and has a small plastic button which applies pressure to the P6. It is now believed that these same wrist bands may reduce acid reflux.

You can also treat yourself without the use of wrist bands by using the fingers. Keep in mind that when applying pressure to the P6, the feeling should be a slight numbness, never a sharp pain. All acupoints are normally beside and in between bones, ligaments and tendons. They are never found on bones, blood vessels or arteries, but in depressions between or beside them.

Interestingly, the P6 is also used to treat insomnia, chest pain, epilepsy, fever and migraines as well as nausea, vomiting and acid reflux. Stimulating this acupoint may be beneficial to the entire body.

Ancient Chinese medicine supports the theory that acupoints connect the internal pathways of energy conduction and that stimulating these points accelerates the flow of this energy. On the other hand, allopathic medicine is just beginning to understand these principals. They attribute the success of acupuncture to nerve signals and chemicals released by the central nervous system, but have no idea how it works. Given enough time, hopefully modern medical science will catch up with these ancient healing methods.

Whatever you believe, acupuncture really does work. It is relaxing and absolutely pain free. The needles used are so thin that you don’t even feel them. Acupressure is a simple variation of this theme by which we can treat ourselves without the use of needles or expensive acupuncture sessions. Just find an acupressure chart and start working on yourself. It’s also fun to treat others. Even pets benefit from this science. I work on my thirteen year old Jack Russell Terrier, Jack Pot, every morning to relieve him of his allergy symptoms. He is very appreciative, indeed.

I encouraged a friend who recently developed acute gerd to try a pair of the P6 wrist bands, which I bought on line. We found that they actually do work in reducing acid reflux, but only if you have them placed on the wrist so that pressure from the wrist band button is precisely on P6. It took a bit of experimentation, but we were successful after an hour or so. One company on the internet claims that you only need to wear one wrist band. Others suggest that it only works with two. Maybe they are both right – who knows. I do know that this is worth trying if you suffer from acid reflux even if you only have a 40% chance of success. What have you got to loose?

If you want to try the wrist bands, they are available on line and at many health food stores at reasonable prices. You might also consider a massage from someone who specializes in acupressure and have them work on the P6. I find that a visit to my reflexologist is always beneficial. But whatever you do, it is always good to keep an open mind about healing in general and to exercise your right to treat yourself. We all have the ability to heal ourselves. As far as acid reflux is concerned, there are many natural ways to at least keep it under control, if not actually cure it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Acupressure for menstrual cramp

Acupressure massage is an ancient Oriental healing method that applies finger pressure to specific points on the skin surface to help prevent and treat illness. Acupressure has had a long and distinguished history as an effective healing tool for many centuries and is often used along with herbs to promote the healing of disease.

When specific acupressure points are pressed, they create changes on two levels. On the physical level, acupressure affects muscular tension, blood circulation, and other physiological parameters. On a more subtle level, traditional Oriental healing believes that acupressure also helps to build the body's life energy to promote healing. In fact, acupressure is based on the belief that there exists within the body a life energy called chi. It is different from yet similar to electromagnetic energy. Health is thought to be a state in which the chi is equally distributed throughout the body and is present in sufficient amounts. It is thought to energize all the cells and tissues of the body.

The life energy is thought to run through the body in channels called meridians. When working in a healthy manner, these channels distribute the energy evenly throughout the body, sometimes on the surface of the skin and at times deep inside the body in the organs. Disease occurs when the energy flow in a meridian is blocked or stopped. As a result, the internal organs that correspond to the meridians can show symptoms of disease. The meridian flow can be corrected by stimulating the points on the skin surface. These points can be treated easily by hand massage. When the normal flow of energy through the body is resumed, the body is believed to heal itself spontaneously.

Stimulation of the acupressure points through finger pressure can be done by you or by a friend following simple instructions. It is safe, painless, and does not require the use of needles. It can be used without the years of specialized training needed for insertion of needles.

How to Perform Acupressure
Acupressure is done either by yourself or with a friend when you are relaxed. Your room should be warm and quiet. Make sure your hands are clean and nails trimmed (to avoid bruising yourself). If your hands are cold, put them under warm water.

Work on the side of the body that has the most discomfort. If both sides are equally uncomfortable, choose whichever one you want. Working on one side seems to relieve the symptoms on both sides. Energy or information seems to transfer from one side to the other.

Hold each point indicated in the exercise with a steady pressure for one to three minutes. Apply pressure slowly with the tips or balls of the fingers. It is best to place several fingers over the area of the point. If you feel resistance or tension in the area on which you are applying pressure, you may want to push a little harder. However, if your hand starts to feel tense or tired, lighten the pressure a bit. Make sure your hand is comfortable. The acupressure point may feel somewhat tender. This means the energy pathway or meridian is blocked.

During the treatment, the tenderness in the point should slowly go away. You may also have a subjective feeling of energy radiating from this point into the body. Many patients describe this sensation as very pleasant. Don't worry if you don't feel it, not everyone does. The main goal is relief from your symptoms.

Breathe gently while doing each exercise. The point that you are to hold is shown in the photograph accompanying the exercise. All of these points correspond to specific points on the acupressure meridians. You may massage the points once a day or more during the time that you have symptoms.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Acupressure point for indigestion

Center Of Power CV12:

Caution: Do not hold this point deeply if you have a chronic or life-threatening illness such as heart disease, cancer, or high blood pressure. It is best not to hold this point for more than two minutes, and to use it only on a fairly empty stomach.
Location: On the midline of the body, one-half way between the base of the breastbone and the belly button.
Benefits: Relieves stomach pain, abdominal spasms, indigestion, heartburn, and constipation.

Sea Of Energy CV6:

Location: Two finger widths below the naval.
Benefits: Relieves abdominal pain, constipation, gas, and digestive problems.

Sea Of Vitality B23 & B47:

Caution: Do not press on disintegrating discs or fractured or broken bones. If you have a weak back, a few minutes of stationary, light touching instead of pressure can be very healing. See your doctor first if you have any questions or need medical advice.
Location: On the lower back, two to four finger widths from the spine at waist level.
Benefits: Relieves indigestion, abdominal pain, and stomachaches.

Inner Gate P6:

Location: In the middleof the inner wrist, two-and-one-half finger widths below the wrist crease.
Benefits: Relieves stomachaches, indigestion, nausea, and anxiety.

Grandfather Grandson SP4:

Location: On the arch, one thumb width from the ball of the foot, toward the heel.
Benefits: Relieves abdominal cramps, stomachaches, indigestion, and diarrhea.

Note: You do not have to use all these points. Using just one or two using the exercises below can still be effective.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Acupressure treatment for psoriasis

Acupressure Treatment

With roots in ancient China, this technique of relieving pain and treating disease involves inserting and manipulating fine needles in the body at varying depths at “meridians” or acupressure points. Acupuncture, though, is not a common way to treat psoriasis in China but there is evidence that it is an effective psoriasis treatment. This evidence is largely unsupported by clinical studies, and its success of varies from person to person. Generally, it takes many treatments in order to help. The benefits of this acupuncture include no side effects, so trying the treatment involves no risk of negative side effects. Acupuncture is becoming more widespread and accepted as a means of treating and controlling the pain associated with psoriatic arthritis and rheumatism.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Acupressure Points to Treat Sex Dysfunction

Acupressure originated in China as a technique to release energy blockages throughout the body. Today, it is widely used to treat a variety of ailments ranging from food allergies and stress to diabetes and digestive issues. You can even use acupressure treatment to relieve sex dysfunction.

Step 1

Familiarize yourself with the acupressure points on the body that are related to sexual issues. These points are located on the outside of the wrists (in a straight line below the little fingers), above the groin, above the knees, on the shins (slightly above the ankles), on the front of the ankles and along the spine in the lower back region. It will help to keep a map of the body's acupressure points nearby for you to reference.


Apply gentle, even pressure to one of these acupressure points. Use the pads of your fingers and thumbs. You can also use a blunt object to apply pressure.


Incorporate acupressure into foreplay with your partner. Oftentimes, sex dysfunction is linked to tension and stress. Acupressure will help release tension to better prepare you for intercourse.


Intermix acupressure with other forms of foreplay such as kissing, rubbing and caressing.


Apply pressure to the points for at least 10 seconds, beginning with light pressure and gently increasing to more intense pressure. When working on pressure points that occur on both sides of the body, apply pressure to both points simultaneously. For example, press on the both wrist pressure points at the same time.


Use acupressure to help reach orgasm. The best pressure point to stimulate for this is the one slightly above the groin. This is located three to four inches below the navel. As it's a sensitive area, you may only need to apply very light pressure here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Acupressure boost immune system

A strong immune system is a great benefit to one’s body. From protecting against bacteria and viruses to enduring and surviving serious diseases, a healthy immune system can significantly impact quality of life issues. How can you ensure you are doing all that is possible to boost your immune system and give your body the best chance for health? There are many different ways to promote strong immunity to illness and disease, including healthy diet, exercise, and alternative treatments like acupressure.

Originating in Chinese medicine, acupressure utilizes stimulation of a trained therapist’s fingertips, knuckles or special instruments to stimulate certain points of energy meridians on one’s body. Pressing these pressure points can eliminate stress and pain as it promotes neurological flow to various organs, glands and tissues with the purpose of returning the body to a healthy condition.

There are many fans of acupressure, even outside of the alternative medical community. These days, even traditional medical doctors are recommending alternative therapies like massage, acupuncture, and acupressure to manage pain and treat symptoms.

Acupressure has been shown to help with the following conditions:

• Addictions—drug, alcohol, food, sex, etc.

• Arthritis

• Asthma

Body and back pain

• Circulatory problems

• Depression, anxiety and other emotional and mental problems

• Fibromyalgia

• Infertility


• Sciatica

• Skin problems, and more.

The safety of acupressure is well-known as even pregnant women and seriously ill patients can safely utilize the treatment to promote healing and well-being. In fact, acupressure is a safe, medication-free way women can relive pain during labor and childbirth.

The treatment has the advantage of being non-invasive and drug-free, which means patients can avoid pharmaceutical side effects and the high costs of more traditional Western medical treatments. Because acupressure is a form of holistic medicine, the focus is on curing the disease or illness at the source, rather than only treating symptoms.

While many people think of acupressure as a technique to treat a specific symptom or condition, it is becoming more popular as a way to strengthen immune systems. Acupressure can help people struggling with chronic illness or disease to obtain the boost they need to overcome and heal.

Conditions such as candida, infections, sinus problems, and allergies can all be significantly improved through regulating the immune system with acupressure. Some patients may experience excellent results and health benefits with acupressure alone, while others will chose to use it in combination with other holistic treatments and remedies. A holistic doctor or practitioner can help you to determine the best combination of treatments for your individual situation and condition.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Acupressure Points for Better and best Vision

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), all diseases involving the eye are closely related to the liver. It is also understood that the eye is nourished by all of the internal organs in the body. The lens of the eye and the pupil basically belong to the kidney, the sclera to the lungs, the arteries and veins to the heart, the top eyelid to the spleen, the bottom eyelid to the stomach, and the cornea and iris to the liver. The Spleen and Stomach also control circulation in the eyes. Therefore an imbalance in any of the internal organs may lead to eye disease.


There are a number of acupuncture/acupressure points around the eyes (basically around the orbits of the eyes which are the bones that surround the eyeballs). The points shown above are some of the major local eye points.

* Jingming (UB-1) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose. Bladder 1 and 2 are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis due to Wind-Heat and Liver Heat, to blurred vision in the elderly due to Deficient Jing and Blood

* Zanzhu (UB-2) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies in the depressions at the inner ends of the eyebrows. Bladder 1 and 2 are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis due to Wind-Heat and Liver Heat, to blurred vision in the elderly due to Deficient Jing and Blood

* Yuyao Midpoint of the eyebrow in the hollow. Good for eye problems related to worry, excessive study and mental strain.

* Sizhukong (SJ 23) Sanjiao or Triple Burner Channel, in the depression at the outside end of the eyebrow. This is a local point good for eye and facial problems, whether due to Wind invasion or the Liver Yang and Fire.

* Tongziliao (GB 1) Gall Bladder Channel, lies in the cavities on the outside corners of the eye sockets. Good for eye problems including conjunctivitis, red sore eyes, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and blurred vision, as well as lateral headaches.

* Qiuhou Midway between St-1 and GB-1 along the orbit of the eyes.

* Chengqi (St 1) directly blow the pupil on the infraorbital ridge bone. This is a main point for all eye problems, including those due to Wind Cold, Wind Heat and Hyperactive Liver Yang.

Instructions for doing self-acupressure for eye health:

GENTLY massage each acupuncture point around the orbit of the eye, starting with B1-1 and massaging each point as you go up and outward. Each point should be massaged for approximately 5-10 seconds. You can massage both eyes at the same time. You can do this massage as often as you like over the course of the day. You may find that each point feels different in terms of sensitivity.

Keep BREATHING as you massage. Deep breathing helps the cells of your eyes receive the oxygen they need for healing. Practice long, slow abdominal breathing while massaging the acupressure points.
CAUTION: If you are pregnant, consult a trained acupuncturist before treating yourself. Do not massage on an area if it has a scar, burn or infection.


Since we consider most eye conditions to be a reflection of the health of the whole body, lifestyle choices and diet can play a major factor in getting and maintaining good vision. Below are some recommendations:

* The Vision Diet. Recommended in Natural Eye Care, co-authored by Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac. Studies show patients can reduce their eye pressure by five to seven millimeters with an improved diet and supplement program. In general, a diet high in betacarotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids are recommended. Foods containing those nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes.

* Daily Juicing (organic if possible) – 1 pint per day minimum. Up to 2-8 pints per day for healing. Vegetables used should be mostly greens.

* Drink lots of water - 8-10 glasses of purified water. Avoid carbonated, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your eyes.

* Manage your stress - meditate, take a walk in nature, practice yoga, visualization techniques or prayer on a daily basis.

* Exercise daily - do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. Walking and swimming are two excellent forms of exercise.

* Eye exercises can help to bring energy and blood to the eyes, thereby helping to drain away toxins or congestion to the eyes.

* Avoid foods to which you are allergic: a study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed immediate IOP increases of up to 20 millimeters when they were exposed to foods in to which they were allergic. Manage stress. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi, or any practice that helps you relax. Some consider glaucoma a stress related condition.

CAUTION: If you are pregnant, consult a trained acupuncturist before treating yourself. Do not massage on an area if it has a scar, burn or infection.