Monday, 29 July 2013

Acupressure points and exercise

This acupressure guide is not a substitution for a qualified medical advice. If you do not know what is causing the pain or other symptom consult a medical doctor before you start treating yourself.

What is “Acupressure” Therapy?

The principles of “Acupressure” are related to the word “Acupuncture,” with ‘Acu’ meaning needle and ‘puncture’ of course is to pierce, so “Acupuncture” means to treat a disease by piercing specific points in the body. On the other hand, “Acupressure” is the act of treating diseases by applying pressure on specific points on the body using one’s thumbs or fingers, or with the help of a “jimi,” (which is a small specially shaped wooden rod or cylindrical object). 


A randomized trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for weight-loss maintenance found attendance at weight maintenance was 72% for TAT Tapas Acupressure Technique - higher than any other method studied. The study was published in March 2007 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Photo: Did you know your face tells all about your health? Check out this diagram and see correlations between your insides- on the outside!The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of evidence-based medicine (EBM) reviewers, reviewed the use of P6 for nausea and vomiting, and found it to be effective for reducing post-operative nausea, but not vomiting. The Cochrane review included various means of stimulating P6, including acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, acustimulation device and acupressure; it did not comment on whether one or more forms of stimulation were more effective. EBM reviewer Bandolier said that P6 acupressure in two studies showed 52% of patients with control having a success, compared with 75% with P6 acupressure.
A Cochrane Collaboration review found that massage provided some long-term benefit for low back pain, and said: "It seems that acupressure or pressure point massage techniques provide more relief than classic (Swedish) massage..."

 Bianstone leg reflexology chartAcupressure and acupuncture share the same active points (also called trigger points, acupoints, acupressure points, or acupuncture points). The ancient Chinese developed system of active points stimulation over 5,000 years ago. The active points are located on imaginary lines called meridians. Accordingly, the points are referred to by the meridian they are located on and consecutive number of point on that meridian.
The ancient Chinese believed that life energy chi (pronounced chee) flows through these meridians. In a healthy person the energy flow trough meridians is unobstructed. The blockade of chi flow results in an illness. The Chinese believed that active points stimulation clears the meridians and improves the flow of energy.



The western medical science only begins to understand the mechanisms responsible for positive effects of active points stimulation. Stimulation of active points is thought to lead to increased release of endorphins. Endorphin is a natural body painkiller. Endorphin and morphine are chemically different molecules but, by coincidence, they have very similar 3-dimensional shape. This similarity in shape allows morphine to bind the endorphin receptor, reduce pain, and induce feeling of happiness. Thus endorphin released by acupressure stimulation may lead to relaxation and normalization of body functions.

  • Use deep firm pressure to massage every point.
  • Usually acupressure points are more sensitive than surrounding area.
  • The massage duration indicated with point description is only an approximation. Massage every point until numbing feeling is produced.
  • You do not need to massage all active points included in the exercise. Some active points produce stronger effect than others. You may choose to limit the exercise to massaging these high potency points only.
  • You can repeat active points massage as often as you want. There is no limit on number of exercises per day.
  • When applying deep pressure the active point is expected hurt initially. In this case reduce the pressure to a “comfortably” painful level and persist with massaging the active point. Increase the pressure as the initial painful sensation begins to subside. Continue the massage until numbing feeling is produced
  • When massaging acupressure points sit comfortably or lie down, close your eyes and breath deeply.
  • It is not necessary to massage points on your own, you can ask somebody else to massage your active points.
  • An example of stimulation of active point Li4 is shown below. Point Li4 is located between thumb and index finger. Apply firm deep strokes of pressure in upward direction:
  Acupressure Points for Strengthening the Immune System

There is a particular acupressure point, Bearing Support (B 36), that governs resistance, especially resistance to colds and flu. It is located near the spine, off the tips of the graphic shoulder blades. The Chinese book The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine says, wind and cold enter the pores of the skin" at this point.1 It, as well as other points in this area, helps to strengthen the immune system. Conversely, these points around the tips of the shoulder blades are the first to get blocked up just before an illness, especially a cold or flu, takes hold.

Stay Awake When You're Tired with a Little Acupressure

Keeping yourself awake after a bad night of sleep or after a long day at work can be tough. Instead of resorting to excessive amounts of caffeine, illustrator and blogger Yumi Sakugawa has put together an infographic with a bunch of clever ways to keep yourself awake including a few handy acupressure techniques.
Three simple acupressure techniques can give you a wakeful boost and they're not hard to do. They include pulling down on your earlobes, rubbing the back of your hand between your thumb and index finger, and pressing against the back of your knee. The infographic also covers general tips like getting a little exercice, eating the right foods, and a few weirder tips like sniffing peppermint oil. If you're suffering from a serious case of the Monday's this morning these tips might just get you up and awake. Hit up Yumi's blog for the full post and infographic.

Acupressure Points for Clearing Mental Fatigue:

To help ease mental fatigue try applying pressure to these two acupressure points. Firmly press the groove spot between your nose and mouth for approximately thirty seconds with your index finger. Follow with gentle pressure on the indentations slightly above the outer edge of both eyebrows. Take a deep breath and exhale out that feeling of mind weariness. 




  1. When done by an experienced, trained acupuncturist, the procedure is generally safe. Serious side effects, such as infections or punctured organs, are rare. Also, acupuncture has fewer adverse side effects than many of the standard treatments for back pain.

  2. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body using thin needles.It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure, or laser light to these points.Acupuncture in North Carolina